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03-May-2016
03-May-2016

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The monument commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the battle for fire bases Coral and Balmoral.

The Battle of Coral - Balmoral (12 May – 6 June 1968) was a series of actions fought during the Vietnam War between the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) and the North Vietnamese 7th Division and Viet Cong, 40 kilometres north-east of Saigon.

The Coral - Balmoral battle was the most sustained and arguably most hazardous battle of the Vietnam War. The engagements around these fire support bases rivalled in intensity and duration the largest action previously by Australian soldiers during the battle of Long Tan in August 1966.

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.

Location

Address:Toogoom Road, Toogoom Community Hall Memorial Gardens, Toogoom, 4655
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.259722
Long: 152.666667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event Start Date:12-May-1968
Actual Event End Date:06-June-1968

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 17th May, 2008
Front Inscription

This monument commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Battle for Fire Bases Coral and Balmoral

The battle was fought in South Vietnam from the 12th May 1968 to the 6th of June 1968 and was the largest battle of the Vietnam War.

Opened by Chris Foley MP of the 17 May 2008

Plaque :

Fire Support Base
Coral and Balmoral
Honour Roll

[ Names ]

Lest We Forget

Source: MA
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