Former Goodna RSL president Tim Moroney has been formally recognised for his service in Vietnam.
Former Goodna RSL president Tim Moroney has been formally recognised for his service in Vietnam. Rob Williams

Vietnam veteran finally recognised for 'painful' battle

A VIETNAM veteran who fought in one of the conflict's biggest battles has been formally recognised, 50 years later.

Former Goodna RSL president Major Tim Moroney now has a medal recognising his role in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, in which Australian soldiers were hit with a barrage of rocket and mortar fire in May 1968.

Mr Moroney's unit was awarded a Citation for Gallantry.

"I was only 19 at the time," Mr Moroney.

"We were sent there supposedly as a blocking force for North Vietnamese and Viet Kong leaving after a battle."

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Former Goodna RSL president Tim Moroney has been formally recognised for his service in Vietnam.
Former Goodna RSL president Tim Moroney has been formally recognised for his service in Vietnam. Rob Williams

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