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The plaque commemorates members of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment who served between 1965 and 1972 during the Vietnam War. The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment had a squadron serving in South Vietnam for nearly six years having served in Vietnam since 1965.  Between 1967 and 1972 the men from the regiment served in every major operation conducted by the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF), including the Tet Offensive, the 1968 battles for Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, and the battle of Binh Ba in 1969.

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.

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
Approx. Event Start Date:1965
Approx. Event End Date:1972

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 31st October, 2009
Front Inscription

3rd CAVALRY REGIMENT
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED CORPS
Vietnam 1965 - 1972

Long Tan               Bien Hoa   Long Binh  
Coral - Balmoral    Hat Dich    Binh Ba
In Memory Of All Who Served

1 Troop, A Squadron 4th / 19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment
1 APC Troop
1 APC Squadron
A and B Squadrons, 3rd Cavalry Regiment
3rd Cavalry Regiment Light Aid Detachment, RAEME

Dedicated By 3rd Cavalry Regiment (Vietnam) Association Inc.,
31 October 2009

Source: MA
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