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A plaque commemorates those who served with the 147th Field Artillery Regiment South Dakota (United States of America) during World War Two.
|Address:||The Esplanade, Darwin Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin, 0800|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.466807|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||February-1992|
THE 147th FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT SOUTH DAKOTA (U.S.A.)
This Field Artillery regiment first landed at Brisbane on December 23, 1941. It was quickly sent to Darwin, N.T. to serve under the command of the Commanding General Australian Forces for the defense of the Darwin area. The first American flag to be flown over a U.S. encampment in Australia was raised on January 18, 1942. Troops of the 147th F.A. were widely dispersed into defensive positions both on the coast and inland, when on February 19, 1942 a substantial bombing raid by the Japanese Naval Carrier Force caused immense damage to Darwin and all of the ships in the harbor.
Erected in February, 1992 by the 147th F.A. World War II veterans.