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Adelaide Vietnam Memorial
Adelaide Vietnam Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Roger Johnson / Bryan Cole

The Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated on 15 October 2006 after several years of planning and fundraising. The aim was to construct a memorial to acknowledge the contribution of all those who served in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1973. The Memorial particularly remembers those who lost their lives,especially the fifty eight servicemen who came from South Australia.  The Memorial also commemorates members of the Vietnamese Armed forces and civilians who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

The granite plinths that stand on either side of the entrance to the memorial acknowledge the contribution to South Australia made by the Vienamese community who were dislocated by the Vietnam War and subsequently made South Australia their home.

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:Victoria Drive, Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.917306
Long: 138.600355
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-August-1962
Actual Event End Date:11-January-1973
Monument Designer:James Martin


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 15th October, 2006
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1962 - 1973

This Memorial Commemorates Those Servicemen Who Enlisted In South Australia And Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice

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And All Members Of The Vietnamese Armed Forces And Civilians Killed In The Vietnam War

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This Memorial Was Erected By The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, In Conjunction With The South Australian State Branches Of The RSL, VVAA, VVFA And The Vietnamese Veterans` Association. Assistance Came From Australian And Vietnamese People In South Australia, Interstate And Overseas, The State Government Of South Australia, The Australian Government And The Adelaide City Council
Unveiled By The Commander Australian Force Vietnam 1971 - 1972
Lieutenant General Sir Donald Dunstan AC KBE CB  On The 15th October 2006.

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Resettle - Integration - Contribution
Dinh Cu - Hoi Nhap - Dong Gop

Plaque :

Passage to Freedom
Duong Den Tu Do

Source: MA
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