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Bull's name offers a lot to live up to

Jason Mara rides ’The Hump’ at the PBR National Finals in Sydney earlier this year. Photo French’s Rodeo Photos
Jason Mara rides ’The Hump’ at the PBR National Finals in Sydney earlier this year. Photo French’s Rodeo Photos Contributed

IN THE depths of the Vietnamese jungle, avoiding enemy fire, a young Harry Mimi would never imagined his war experience would one day serve as inspiration for Duaringa bull breeder Trevor Dunne.

On November 8, 1965 Harry, as part of the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, was involved in the Battle of The Hump on Hill 82, 17km north-east of the city of Bien Hoa, and it's a memory that still sticks with him today.

"We were patrolling down (the hill) and shot these two blokes down the bottom ... they were North Vietnam soldiers," he said.

"My platoon sergeant said to me 'Harry we're going back, head up this way' and I said 'Trev give us a bit of a break' - I was in front for a while, I was forward scout... so he called Tiny Parker up and he said 'Tiny send your bloke up this way'.

"We're going up the hill and hell broke loose, they just shot everything out at us... After that we fought for about four or five hours, another platoon around the side, their machine gunner got shot and their platoon sergeant went up to him and tried to get him back but... they couldn't get him back... when they were firing at these blokes we started to pull back."

There were two Australians killed in this operation, whose remains were returned in 2007 - Lance Corporal Richard "Tiny" Parker and Private Peter Gillson.

So almost 50 years later when Harry's mate Trevor Dunne asked him to come up with a name for a bull, this was the one that rang true.

"I had a bull called Longtan and another Vietnam vet (Jim Olive) asked me if I realised the significance of the battle," Trevor said.

"I said I did so when I was telling Harry the story of it ... I asked him to come up with a name.

"When he told me his story I said 'I'll make sure I find a really good bull for it'... It put a chill through my spine."

It's safe to say Trevor's patriotic. He asked Jim Olive to name two bulls - Infantry Man and Fifth Battalion.

"We wouldn't enjoy the freedoms we do if it wasn't for those men," he said.

And it's clear Harry's fighting spirit has translated to The Hump - he recently won the Central Rodeo Cowboy's Association Bull of the Year, is the Short Go PBR Bull and remains unridden for the eight seconds.

"It's the one (battle) that scared the hell out of me," Harry said.

"I thought I was going to die then too, we had that many battles over there ... I couldn't name one that would suit something like this - it's something that's stuck in my mind all the time.

The Hump will be appearing at the Great Western.

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