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10-July-2016
10-July-2016

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Memorial Park and monument commemorate Private Max Wales, 6th Royal Australian Regiment (R.A.R.) and seventeen comrades killed in Vietnam at the Battle of Long Tan in 1966. The park features 18 rose bushes planted in memory of the eighteen Australian men who died in the tragic battle.

The Battle of Long Tan was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, about twenty seven kilometres north east of Vung Tau, South Vietnam on 18 August 1966. The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF), encountered the Viet Cong (VC) 275 Regiment and elements of the D445 Local Forces Battalion. D Company was supported by other Australian units, as well as New Zealand and United States personnel.

During the battle the company from 6RAR, despite being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large enemy assault of regimental strength. 18 Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while at least 245 Viet Cong were killed.
 

Location

Address:Albert Street, On river west of Services Club, Moree, 2400
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.464676
Long: 149.845875
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-1966

Dedication

Front Inscription
THIS PARK WAS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF PRIVATE MAX WALES  6th R.A.R.(OF MOREE)
                              AND
SEVENTEEN OF HIS COMRADES WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION SOUTH VIETNAM 18TH AUGUST 1966
AND TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVED SUFFERED AND DIED
SOUTH VIETNAM 1962-1972 AUSTRALIA`S LONGEST WAR


DEDICATED 18th AUGUST 2006 THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN

John Tramby     David Aber
Mayor              General Manager 

 
Source: MA,SKP
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