Hello, Mr America: Americans on R&R Leave in Australia in the Vietnam War - (ARC Discovery Project externally administered via Macquarie University) (2023–2026)
This project will provide the first comprehensive history of an important but neglected aspect of Australia's
relationship with the United States. From 1967 until 1971 nearly 300,000 American servicemen - one tenth of the
total number of Americans who served in Vietnam - travelled to Australia for their R&R Leave. What began as a
matter of military expediency became an exercise in cultural diplomacy that left lasting economic, social and
political legacies in Australia. Outcomes include a deeper understanding of the history of the US-Australian
alliance, the international history of the Vietnam War, and Australian history during a period of dramatic
transformation. Outputs will include a book, journal articles, and a symposium.