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05-June-2016
05-June-2016

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A replica Long Tan 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.

Note:
The Long Tan Cross is a memorial which was erected by the 6th battalion, Royal Australian Regiment on 18 August 1969 to mark the site of the Battle of Long Tan, which was fought three years earlier during the Vietnam War. While the cross was removed following the Communist victory in 1975 and used to commemorate a priest, it was recovered by the Dong Nai Province Museum in 1984 and placed on display. A replica cross was also erected on the battlefield during the 1980s, and is frequently visited by Australian Vietnam War veterans.

Location

Address:McCleary Street, Behind War Memorial , Meekatharra, 6642
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.602712
Long: 118.500336
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam

Dedication

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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