Military history of Australia during the Vietnam War
Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, beginning with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 Australian personnel following the Menzies Government’s April, 1965, decision to upgrade its military commitment to South Vietnam’s security. By the time the last Australian personnel were withdrawn in 1972, the Vietnam War had become Australia’s longest war, and was only recently surpassed by Australia’s long-term commitment of combat forces to the War in Afghanistan. It currently remains Australia’s largest force contribution to a foreign conflict since the Second World War and was also the most controversial in Australian society since the conscription controversy during the First World War. Although initially enjoying broad support due to concerns about the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, a vocal anti-war movement developed in response to Australia’s programme of conscription.
The withdrawal of Australia’s forces from South Vietnam began in November, 1970, when 8 RAR completed its tour of duty and was not replaced. A phased withdrawal followed, and by 11 January, 1973, Australian involvement in hostilities in Vietnam had ceased. Nevertheless, Australian troops from the Australian Embassy Platoon remained deployed in the country until 1 July, 1973, and Australian forces were deployed briefly in April, 1975, during the Fall of Saigon, to evacuate personnel from the Australian embassy. Approximately 60,000 Australians served in the war; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded.
Discover your family’s Vietnam War Military Service history with
The Wall of Faces
When VVMF built The Wall in 1982, it had an important mission. To honour Vietnam Veterans and to heal the wounds of a nation. Three decades later, the mission continues as the VVMF continues to raise funds to build education centres that will educate future generations and honour service.
You can search for Australian Vietnam veterans on the
Australian section of the Wall HERE
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Katanning Men who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice:
FOR A FULL LIST OF AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS
KILLED IN THE VIETNAM WAR
Katanning Men who served in Vietnam:
Those whose registered birth place was KATANNING
Click on a name to go to that service record…
Those who lived in Katanning but where born elsewhere
If you, or someone you know lived in Katanning at any stage,
went to Vietnam, and is not listed here, please let me know
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BORN IN NEW ZEALAND ?
Our ANZAC brothers and sisters…
Those who lived in Katanning
but were born in NEW ZEALAND
and served in Australian Units
For those who lived in Katanning
but were born in NEW ZEALAND
and served in New Zealand Units
Information and photos sourced from various websites
Australian Department Of Veterans Affairs Nominal Rolls
New Zealand Government Nominal Rolls
Vietnam Veterans Fund – Australian Wall of Faces
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