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04-April-2011
04-April-2011
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Plaque commemorates the 33 soldiers of the Australian Army Training Team who were killed during the Vietnam War.

The Australian Army TrainingTeam Vietnam (AATTV), affectionately known as "The Team", was raised and sent to Vietnam in 1962 initially under the command of Colonel F.P. Serong (then Brigadier, now deceased).

The Unit at this time consisted of 30 Officers and Warrant Officers who were originally to be employed in the training roles of Vietnamese Units.  As the war escalated in 1965, AATTV was increased to 100 members (including some Staff Sergeants, Sergeants and Corporals) and they were employed from the Delta areas in the far South to the Northern border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Vietnam.

A total of 1000 members served with AATTV during the entire period of the conflict - 1962 to 1972.  This consisted of  990 Australians and 10 New Zealanders.  Casualties were recorded as 33 members Killed In Action (KIA) and 122 as Wounded in Action (WIA).

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.

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event STart Date:03-August-1962
Actual Event End Date:11-January-1973

Dedication

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AUSTRALIAN ARMY TRAINING TEAM VIETNAM.

In memory of the 33 soldiers who died on active service in Vietnam.  
Members of this specially selected team served in most provinces of South Vietnam, singly or in small groups, frequently facing considerable risk in unusual circumstances. Their role was unique in that they trained, advised and led in action a variety of allied forces and government agencies.
"The Team" was the first Australian unit on active service in Vietnam (1962) and the last out (1972).  It became one of the most highly decorated units of the Australian Army, with four of its members being awarded the Victoria Cross.
Lest we forget

 

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