Vietnam Veterans Day, 50th anniversary of Long Tan

AUSTRALIANS honoured the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women during the Vietnam War at nationwide commemorative services last month. 

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on August 18 - which is also Vietnam Veterans Day - was the centrepiece of commemorations honouring Australia's Vietnam War veterans.

Almost 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam from 1962 until 1975, 521 lost their lives and more than 3000 were wounded.

Many more veterans suffered, and continue to suffer, because of their service.

The Battle of Long Tan took place on August 18, 1966.

It was the one of the fiercest battles fought by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War, involving 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR.

A total of 17 Australians were killed in action and 25 were wounded, one of whom later died of his wounds.

D Company were greatly assisted by an ammunition resupply by RAAF helicopters, close fire support from New Zealand's 161 Field Battery, together with additional artillery support from the Australian task force base at Nui Dat, and the arrival of reinforcements in APCs as night fell.


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