Strong, big-hearted and Hollywood handsome, Vincent Healy carries the pride of his large Brisbane family on his muscular shoulders when he becomes a soldier and is sent to multiple war zones. His letters from Japan and the Korean front line keep his mother sane as she endures endless hardship to protect and provide for her other nine children during World War II and the Cold War years.
After Vince is killed in action, his mother embarks on a harrowing journey of discovery. This fascinating non-fiction book explores untold stories from WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars and delves into working class life in the suburbs of Brisbane in a compassionate but unsentimental narrative.
It describes the experiences of soldiers on the ground in Australia's Asian theatres of war and reveals how they viewed their role in these struggles. It stirringly reveals the sometimes troubled life of Vince Healy's family back home, and the harrowing journey his devastated mother takes to find his grave. Passage to Pusan fills a vacuum in our understanding of life experiences that were duplicated in many families across Australia during this volatile period of our history.
About the Author
During a diverse thirty-year career Louise Evans has worked around Australia and around the world as a journalist, columnist, foreign correspondent, editor and media executive. She has worked for Australian Associated Press, Fairfax, News Corp and the ABC in Australia, China and the UK. Louise is now based in Sydney where she works as a media and communications consultant and lives with husband Michael.