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A plaque commemorates the civilian medical staff who served in Australian Civilian Medical Surgical Teams from 1964 to 1972 during the Vietnam War.

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:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-August-1962
Actual Event End Date:11-January-1973


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 10th October, 2008
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           1964 - 1972

During the Vietnam War teams of Australian doctors and nurses,
and allied health personnel and support staff, worked in hospitals
in Long Xuyen, Bien Hoa, Vung Tau and Ba Ria.  
The teams trained local personnel and treated South Vietnamese
civilians and soldiers, Australian and American service personnel,
and even prisoners of war.

In Memory Of Their Service
Dedicated On 10 October 2008


Source: MA
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