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The memorial is a concrete cross, a replica of the cross at the Long Tan battlefield in Vietnam, and commemorates those soldiers who lost their lives in 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, 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.


Address:Melton Black Drive, All Saints Chapel, Lavarack Army Barracks, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.319923
Long: 146.792811
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-1966


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 18th August, 1997
Front Inscription

In memory of those members of D Coy 6 RAR and 3 Troop 1 APC Sqn who gave their lives during the Battle of Long Tan on the 18 August 1966.

Erected by 1 RAR Assault Pioneers on behalf of 6 RAR Association NQ Coy Townsville on the 18th August 1997

Left Side Inscription

Townsville City Council Is Proud To Be Associated With The Erection And Dedication Of This Memorial Cross

In The Memory Of Those Who Lost Their Lives In The Battle Of Long Tan On 18th August 1966

Right Side Inscription

The Thuringowa City Council Is Proud To Be Associated With The Erection And Dedication Of This Memorial Cross In The Memory Of Those Who Lost Their Lives In The Battle Of Long Tan On 18th August 1966

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