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04-April-2011
04-April-2011
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The plaque commemorates the 33 soldiers of the Australian Army Training Team who died in service or were killed in action in the Vietnam War.

The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV), affectionately known as "The Team", was raised and sent to Vietnam in 1962 initially under the command of Colonel F. P. Serong.  Raised in 1962, the unit was raised solely for service as part of Australia's contribution to the war in Vietnam, providing training and assistance to South Vietnamese forces. It is believed to be the most decorated Australian unit to serve in Vietnam with members of the unit receiving over 100 decorations, including four Victoria Crosses, while it was in existence. The unit was disbanded in late 1972 when Australia ended its commitment to the war.

The Unit at this time consisted of 30 Officers and Warrant Officers who were originally to be employed in the training roles of Vietnamese Units.  As the war escalated in 1965, AATTV was increased to 100 members (including some Staff Sergeants, Sergeants and Corporals) and they were employed from the Delta areas in the far South to the Northern border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Vietnam.

A total of 1000 members served with AATTV during the entire period of the conflict - 1962 to 1972.  This consisted of  990 Australians and 10 New Zealanders.  Casualties were recorded as 33 members Killed In Action (KIA) and 122 as Wounded in Action (WIA).

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event Start Date:31-July-1962
Actual Event End Date:16-December-1972

Dedication

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Australian Army Training Team Vietnam

In memory of the 33 soldiers who died on active service in Vietnam.  

Members of this specially selected team served in most provinces of South Vietnam, singly or in small groups, frequently facing considerable risk in unusual circumstances. Their role was unique in that they trained, advised and led in action a variety of allied forces and government agencies.

"The Team" was the first Australian unit on active service in Vietnam (1962) and the last out (1972).  It became one of the most highly decorated units of the Australian Army, with four of its members being awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lest We Forget

 

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