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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans / Russell Byers

The plaque commemorates the civilian medical staff who served in Australian Civilian Medical / Surgical Teams from 1964 to 1972 during the Vietnam War. The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image. 

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.

Note: This plaque was dedicated on 26 March 2010 at a ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial. Note that the dedication ceremony for this plaque was rescheduled, and as such differs from the date as inscribed on the plaque.

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:1964
Approx. Event End Date:1972

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 26th March, 2010
Front Inscription

      AUSTRALIAN CIVILIAN
MEDICAL / SURGICAL TEAMS
           VIETNAM
          1964 - 1972

During the Vietnam War teams of Australian doctors and nurses, 
and allied health personnel and support staff, worked in hospitals 
in Long Xuyen, Bien Hoa, Vung Tau and Ba Ria.  

The teams trained local personnel and treated South Vietnamese 
civilians and soldiers, Australian and American service personnel, 
   and even prisoners of war.

In Memory Of Their Service
Dedicated On 10 October 2008

 

Source: MA
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