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Plaque commemorates the Royal Australian Engineers who fought and died in Vietnam between 1962 and 1973 and those who have subsequently died.
During the Vietnam War the Royal Australian Engineers maintained a force of about 1,000 personnel in South Vietnam where they served as part of the 1st Australian Task Force. Following the end of the war the size of the Australian Army was decreased in line with the abolition of the national service scheme and as a consequence of this and a number of lessons that came out of the deployment to Vietnam the Royal Australian Engineers underwent a series of changes.
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.
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:||300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, 3081|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.755725|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-August-1962|
|Actual Event End Date:||11-January-1973|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 15th August, 2003|
Royal Australian Engineers Vietnam
In memory of all Royal Australian Engineers (Sappers) who fought and died in South Vietnam during 1962 - 1973. Also for all those sappers who have died since.
Unveiled and dedicated on 15 August 2003