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Vietnam War Memorial / May 2013
Vietnam War Memorial / May 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Graeme Saunders

The howitzer commemorates those from Rutherglen and District who served in the Vietnam War  between 1962 and 1973. The howitzer is on a stone platform and, in front of it, there is a stone wall which contains a number of plaques. It was dedicated on Remembrance Day, 11 November 1996 by the National President of the Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Clive Mitchell-Taylor JP.

A plaque was added to the wall on the 18th August 2006 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. An additional plaque was added to the memorial to commemorate National Serviceman, Sapper Terry Renshaw, who was born in Rutherglen and died in 1967 while on active service in South Vietnam. 

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:Murray Street, Memorial Park, Rutherglen, 3685
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.054937
Long: 146.458197
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-August-1962
Approx. Event End Date:1973


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 11th November, 1996
Front Inscription

Plaque :

This memorial commemorates the personal sacrifices and devotion to duty of the personnel of Ruthergleen and surrounding Districts who served their country as members of the Australian Defence Forces during the Vietnam conflict

1962 - 1973

Plaque :

This memorial was dedicated by Clive Mitchell-Taylor National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia on Remembrance Day

11th November 1996

Plaque :

Presented to Indigo Shire Council by the Victorian Vietnam Veterans Community 

In Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of theBattle of Long Tan -  18th August 2006

Plaque :

In Memoriam

In memory of Rutherglen born Sapper Terry "Butch" Renshaw, No 3788172, a National Serviceman of 1 Field Squadron,
Royal Australian Engineers who was tragically killed on 30 May 1967 while on active service with the Australian Army in South Vietnam

Lest We Forget

Source: RSLV,SKP
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