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Street names commemorate the six Australians who were missing in action at the Battle of Long Tan in 1966. 

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.

Six men from Australia were missing in action after this battle and while none of them came from Western Australia, the West Australian Vietnam Veterans Association held a special street name dedication service in their honour. The names of those missing in action are :

Lance Corporal Richard "Tiny" Parker
Private Peter Gillson
Private David Fisher
Flying Officer Michael Herbert
Pilot Officer Robert Carver
Lance Corporal John Francis Gillespie

Location

Address:Baldivus Road , Peet Ltd Estate , Baldivus, 6171
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.305039
Long: 115.822947
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Road
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Approx. Event Start Date:1966
Approx. Event End Date:1966

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 18th August, 2006
Source: MA
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