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The monument commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral during the Vietnam War. 

Australian, New Zealand and United States forces were involved in a series of actions between May and June 1968 at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral some 20 kilometres north of Bien Hoa city.  Sitting astride a route used by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces approaching or departing Saigon and nearby Bien Hoa, the bases comprised defended positions for artillery, mortars and armoured vehicles which in turn supported infantry patrols of the area.

The North Vietnamese launched several strong attacks in an attempt to drive the Australians from this important area. The Australians also initiated combat during their many patrols outside the bases. These actions, over a 25-day period, made up Australia's costliest and most protracted battle of the Vietnam War.

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:Valley View Drive, Memorial Park, McLaren Vale, 5171
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.217197
Long: 138.53823
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:12-May-1968
Actual Event End Date:06-June-1968


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th April, 2009
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This memorial commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Battles of Fire Support Bases Corl and Balmoral

Bien Hoa Province Vietnam

12 May to 6 June 1968 and honours the 25 Australians who lost their lives.

Dedicated on 25 April 2009

McLaren Vale & District RSL Sub-branch
Australian Government Department of Veterans Affairs 


Source: MA
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