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A monument commemorates all who served with 79 Squadron and No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force in Ubon, Thailand during the Vietnam conflict.
In 1962, No 79 Squadron proceeded to Ubon, Thailand where it was to help resist an expected invasion of Thailand by North Vietnamese forces. Although no attack eventuated, the Squadron's Sabres were kept fully armed, maintaining a state of constant operational readiness. After five years in Thailand No 79 Squadron was disbanded.
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.
However, 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.
|Address:||King William Road & Victoria Drive, Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, 5000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.918871|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1962|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1968|
79 Squadron, Base Sqaudron and No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron
RAAF Ubon, Thailand
To commemorate all who served with the RAAF contingent at Ubon 1962 - 1968
Lest We Forget