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1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron : 23-February-2012
1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron : 23-February-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The plaque commemorates members of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron who served in the Vietnam War.

The 1st Armoured Personnel Squadron (1 APC Sqn) was an armoured unit of the Australian Army raised for service during the Vietnam War. Raised in 1965 the unit was deployed to South Vietnam in May 1966 to join the 1st Australian Task Force. After that 1 APC Sqn was involved in numerous operations in support of the 5th and 6th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment, with the most notable action coming on 18 August 1966 when the squadron was involved in the Battle of Long Tan.

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:300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, 3081
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.755725
Long: 145.047069
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Approx. Event Start Date:1966
Approx. Event End Date:1967

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th August, 2002
Front Inscription

1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron

1.A.P.C. Sqn.
Vietnam 1966 - 1967
Long Tan

"The Aspros"  "The Bex Boys"

For those who served and returned and to remember the fallen.

Unveiled 16 August `02

 

Source: MA
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