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A replica of the Long Tan cross commemorates those who died or were killed in the Vietnam War. Surrounding the monument are commemorative park benches in which the back rests contains a collage of prints depicting the battle as well as a Presidential citation presented by Lyndon B. Johnson to D Company, 6th Battalion.
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.
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:||Valley View Drive, Memorial Park, McLaren Vale, 5171|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.217016|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-August-1962|
|Actual Event End Date:||29-April-1975|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 18th August, 2006|
This replica of the cross erected at Long Tan in Vietnam honours the memory of all those who lost their lives as a consequence of their involvement in the war in Vietnam 1963 - 1972
Lest We Forget
In honour of all those who have served our country
Lest We Forget