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4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment : 22-September-2011
4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment : 22-September-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Commemorates the 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment which was the first Australian armoured unit sent to the conflict in South Vietnam.

The regiment had a Regular squadron, 1 Troop 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment, which was posted to South Vietnam in 1965 where it was attached to 1 RAR operating out of Bien Hoa Province. It returned to Australia on 28 May 1966 and became part of the Regular cavalry units that continue to exist in the Australian Army today.

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia's history. The arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.

The end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975.  The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.

 

Location

Address:St Kilda Road, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event STart Date:1965
Actual Event End Date:1966

Dedication

Front Inscription

DEDICATED TO THE MEMBERS OF 4TH/19TH PRINCE OF WALES`S LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT SOUTH VIETNAM 1965 – 1966

FIRST AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED UNIT DEPLOYED TO THE CONFLICT.

AWARDED UNITED STATES ARMY MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION FOR "EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PERFORMANCE OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE".

Source: MA,SKP
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