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The plaque commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action during the Vietnam War, and those who were wounded in the conflict between 1962 and 1973. 

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War began with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962.  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:The Esplanade, Memorial Gardens, Cairns, 4870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.917088
Long: 145.775093
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-August-1962
Approx. Event End Date:1973


Front Inscription

South Vietnam 1962 - 1973

Approximately 50000 Australian Navy, Army and Airforce servicemen and women including conscripts served their nation in a controversial conflict, where more than 500 paid the supreme sacrifice.

Vietnam was Australia`s longest war fought in a hot, humid environment against a determined guerilla and main force enemy.

This plaque is dedicated to those young Australians who did not come home and those who suffered.

Source: MA
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