Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Fisheries; Veterans Issues; Asian Engagement

    Vietnam veterans remembered on anniversary of Long Tan

    18/08/2017 8:00 AM
     
    • Minister encourages community to remember those who served in Vietnam War 

    Veterans Minister Peter Tinley has urged Western Australians to remember and honour those who served in the Vietnam War on the 51st anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

     

    Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated annually on August 18 and honours all who served in the Vietnam War - a conflict that claimed 521 Australian lives; 61 of them Western Australians.

     

    More than 3,000 Australians were also wounded, injured or became ill as a result of the conflict.

     

    One of the fiercest battles fought by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan which involved 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR, a small ANZAC force.

     

    Troops were attacked from three sides during a tropical downpour in the Long Tan rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam.

     

    Numerous services will take place across WA today to honour those who served.

     

    Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:

     

    "The Battle of Long Tan, which was fought 51 years ago today, was one of the first major battles for Australian troops against the North Vietnamese Army and the local Viet Cong forces.

     

    "Vietnam Veterans Day is a day to acknowledge all those who lost their lives during this battle and in the years that followed.

     

    "There are many Australians who still carry the physical and emotional scars of their service in Vietnam and today we also recognise them and the families that have supported them."

     

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