Volunteering for Congo
Interviewed for MAOHP - 13/10/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_008_P
Location(s): Custume Barracks Congo
In this piece of audio, Corporal Seamus McDermott recalls arriving in Athlone Army Barracks in September 1960 at the same time that the tours to the Congo were being organised. Seamus explains that he and his friends were just apprentice engineers but that they immediately volunteered for the Congo but were refused as they had just joined the Engineer Corps. However their names were kept on the list and Seamus was called for a tour to the Congo in 1961 with the 35th Battalion.