He finished his apprenticeship in fitting and turning and within six months was serving as a national serviceman in the jungle.
‘I served with the 9th Battalion as a scout for 10 Platoon D Company,’ the 66-year-old said.
‘I lost a couple of good friends over there in ’68-’69.
‘A few other guys in the other platoons that I had only met a few times also died.
‘It was unfortunate and sad, but you never forget.
‘That’s what Remembrance Day is about ” remembering the fallen.’
Mr Warren said he also made many lifetime friends during his army service.
‘I’ve just come back from Victoria where we had a reunion down at Phillip Island.
‘At least two or three of the guys I hadn’t seen for 43 years.
‘You make a lot of good friends in the army.’