For The Record
I attested into the Rhodesian Army in September of 1974, as a regular soldier and not a "mercenary". If I was, I was one of the lowest-paid mercenaries in the business; I got roughly $200 Rhodesian dollars per month, after deductions. I entered with the rank of corporal due to my previous service in the United States Army. My serial number was #726818.
I was assigned to 1 OS Company at Llewellin Barracks, Bulawayo. I spent the first part of my time there working in the Ordnance and Supply depot as a supply clerk, hardly glamorous, nor have I ever made any claims to the contrary. Later on I worked at the Ammunition Depot at Llewellin Barracks. In December and January of 1975-76 I served in 1 Air Supply Company out of New Sarum Air Force Base in Salisbury, sorting and loading and flying supplies to the UNITA group in Angola, who were supposedly "anti-Communist" as opposed to the FNLA and the MPLA.
I also did several runs up to the lesser-known "sharp end" around Wankie and Mana Pools. My combat experience, such as it is, consists largely of getting shot at.
In February of 1976 I was deported for my activities with the Rhodesia White People's Party (RWPP), along with my fellow Americans Eric Thomson and Jeff Spencer. I was told this was done on the personal orders of Ian Smith, who being a British veteran of WWII had a dim view of National Socialists, but I had no way to confirm this.
To serve that small but gallant White nation before it perished from the face of the earth, even in the limited capacity I did, was the greatest honor of my life.
-Harold A. Covington