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Vietnam War Memorial / May 2013
Vietnam War Memorial / May 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Graeme Saunders

The Vietnam War Memorial commemorates those from Rutherglen and District who served in the Vietnam conflict between 1962 and 1973. The memorial is a pack howitzer on a stone platform and, in front of it, a stone wall which contains a number of plaques. It was dedicated on Remembrance Day, 11 November 1996 by the National President of the Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Clive Mitchell-Taylor JP.

A plaque was added to the wall on the 18th August 2006 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. An additional plaque was added to the memorial to commemorate National Serviceman, Sapper Terry Renshaw, who was born in Rutherglen and died in 1967 while on active service in South Vietnam. 

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia's history before the conflict in Afghanistan. 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:Murray Street, Memorial Park, Rutherglen, 3685
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.054937
Long: 146.458197
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event STart Date:03-August-1962
Actual Event End Date:11-January-1973

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 11th November, 1996
Front Inscription

Plaque :

THIS MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES THE
PERSONAL SACRIFICES AND DEVOTION
TO DUTY OF THE PERSONNEL OF
RUTHERGLEN AND SURROUNDING
DISTRICTS WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
AS MEMBERS OF
THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCES
DURING THE VIETNAM CONFLICT
1962 - 1973

Plaque :

THIS MEMORIAL WAS DEDICATED BY 
CLIVE-MITCHELL-TAYLOR 
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE 
VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION 
OF AUSTRALIA ON REMEMBRANCE DAY 
11th NOVEMBER 1996

Plaque :

Presented to 
Indigo Shire Council 
By the 
Victorian Vietnam Veterans Community 
in Commemoration of the 
40th Anniversary of the
Battle of Long Tan -  18th August 2006

Plaque :

In Memoriam
In memory of Rutherglen born
Sapper Terry "Butch" Renshaw, No 3788172,
a National Serviceman of 1 Field Squadron,
Royal Australian Engineers who was tragically
killed on 30 May 1967 while on active service
with the Australian Army in South Vietnam
Lest We Forget
 

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