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The plaques commemorate those who served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR)  / New Zealand (NZ) Battalion during the Vietnam War. 

The 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR) embarked for operational service in South Vietnam on 19th May 1967. The unit sailed on H.M.A.S. Sydney to relieve the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) serving with the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) at Nui Dat in Phouc Tuy Province.

During this tour of duty, two companies of New Zealand Infantry were placed under command and 2 RAR became an ANZAC Battalion. This was the first time in the history of the Royal Australian Regiment that there had been an official integration of the Australian and New Zealand infantry soldiers working side by side under one name.

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:25 Veterans Drive, Garden of Reflection, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Newhaven , 3925
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.521033
Long: 145.324317
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1970
Approx. Event End Date:1971


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-2009
Front Inscription

2 RAR / NZ Battalion

In remembrance of those who served in South Vietnam
1970 - 1971

"C" Company Reunion Mornington Peninsula

6 - 13 November 2009


Right Side Inscription
Source: MA
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