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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. 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
Long: 138.600541
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1962
Approx. Event End Date:1968


Front Inscription

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


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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