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The plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Vietnam of 1 Troop A Squadron, 4th / 19th Prince of Wales Light Horse regiment known as The Pony Soldiers. 

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:High Street, Vietnam Veterans` Commemorative Walk, Seymour , 3660
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.019656
Long: 145.130617
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:08-June-1965
Actual Event End Date:08-June-2015


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 8th June, 2015
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This plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1 Troop A Squadron 4th / 19th Prince of Wales' s Light Horse Regiment (The Pony Soldiers) arriving in the Republic of Vietnam 08 June 1965

The Troop was awarded the United States Meritorious Unit Commendation with the Battle Honour "Vietnam 1965 -1967"
The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm


"The Originals" 

Lt. R. K. Hill (later Capt awarded the Military Cross) 

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This Troop was stationed at Seymour at Site 17 prior to their deployment

Presented by 4th / 19th Prince Of Wales`s Light Horse Regiment Association 8th June 2015

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Source: MA
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