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02-April-2011
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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served with the 1st Australian Civil Affairs Unit between 1967 and 1971 during the Vietnam War. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 1st Australian Civil Affairs Unit (1 ACAU) was raised in 1967 to coordinate the Australian Army`s contribution to the US and allied Pacification Program during the Vietnam War, operating in Phuoc Tuy Province. Although other Australian units also conducted civic action projects in South Vietnam at various times, 1 ACAU had the primary responsibility for them once it was deployed. It was withdrawn from South Vietnam in November 1971.

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:1967
Approx. Event End Date:1971

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th August, 2003
Front Inscription

In memory of all who served in or with the 
1st Australian Civil Affairs Unit
Vietnam 1967 - 1971

During the Vietnam War the 1st Australian Civil Affairs Unit provide humanitarian assistance to South Vietnamese communities, including : provision of health and medical services ; agricultural assistance ; construction of roads, schools and hospitals ; and provision of sanitation and water.

By 1971, 450 personnel of the Australian Task Force in Vietnam were working daily on civic action projects.

Dedicated by the 
1st Australian Civil Affairs Unit Association

 

Source: MA
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