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16-September-2013
16-September-2013
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A monument commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) took place near the village of Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The action was fought between Australian forces and Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units after the 108-man D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR)  clashed with a force of between 1,500 to 2,500 men from the Viet Cong 275th Regiment, reinforced by at least one North Vietnamese battalion and D445 Provincial Mobile Battalion.

Eighteen Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while the Viet Cong lost at least 245 dead which were found over the days that followed. A decisive Australian victory, Long Tan proved a major local set back for the Viet Cong.

Location

Address:Valley View Drive, Memorial Park, McLaren Vale, 5171
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.217197
Long: 138.53823
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event STart Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-2006

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 20th August, 2006
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This stone commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam
18th August 1966

Killed in action 

D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

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Lest we forget

This stone was unveiled by Kym Richardson MP
Federal Member for Kingston
20th August 2006

Source: MA,TOH
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