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A cross commemorates those members of D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) and 3 Troop 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron (APC SQN) who died in service or were killed in action in the Battle of Long Tan on the 18th August 1966.

The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) took place near the village of Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The action was fought between Australian forces and Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units after the 108-man D Company, 6 RAR clashed with a force of between 1,500 to 2,500 men from the Viet Cong 275th Regiment, reinforced by at least one North Vietnamese battalion and D445 Provincial Mobile Battalion.

Eighteen Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while the Viet Cong lost at least 245 dead which were found over the days that followed. A decisive Australian victory, Long Tan proved a major local set back for the Viet Cong.


Address:McCleary Street, Behind War Memorial , Meekatharra, 6642
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.602712
Long: 118.500336
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 18th August, 1969
Front Inscription

In memory of those members of D COY and 3 TP 1 APC SQN who gave their lives near this spot during the battle of Long Tan on 18th August 1966.

Erected by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) BN 18 Aug 69.

Source: MA
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