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4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment : 22-September-2011
4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment : 22-September-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The plaque commemorates those who served with the 4th / 19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment which was the first Australian armoured unit sent to the Vietnam War.

The Regiment had a Regular squadron, 1 Troop 4th / 19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment, which was posted to South Vietnam in 1965 where it was attached to 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) operating out of Bien Hoa Province. It returned to Australia on 28 May 1966 and became part of the Regular cavalry units that continue to exist in the Australian Army today.

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:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1965
Approx. Event End Date:1966


Front Inscription

Dedicated to the members of 4th / 19th Prince of Wales`s Light Horse Regiment

South Vietnam
1965 – 1966

First Australian Armoured Unit deployed to the conflict

Awarded United States Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for "exceptionally meritorious achievement in the performance of outstanding service."


Source: MA,SKP
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