Battle of Long Tan to be remembered


Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, joined Governor-General Quentin Bryce and other dignitaries today to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans Day.
The ceremony, held at Enoggera Barracks, was addressed by the Governor-General who also inspected the parade, presented honours, citations and medals and laid a wreath of remembrance.
Ms Bryce presented the prestigious Unit Citation for Gallantry and individual emblems to members of Delta Company, 6 RAR, the company that took part in the historic Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam in 1966.
The parade also incorporated the presentation of a Meritorious Unit Citation to soldiers from the recently deployed 6 RAR-led Mentoring Task Force One and the investment of a Medal for Gallantry to Lieutenant David Sabben (retired).
I was delighted to be present at such an historic occasion, said Sen. Macdonald.
It is always an honour to publicly acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Battle of Long Tan showed once again that Australias armed forces are among the best in the world, he said.
The Battle of Long Tan pitted the 108 men of D Company, 6 RAR, against 2500 Viet Cong soldiers in a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy province of South Vietnam.
Eighteen Australians were killed in the battle, with a further 24 wounded in action. The bodies of more than 245 enemy were found on the battle ground when fighting ceased.
We owe a great deal to those men and women who fought in Vietnam, Sen. Macdonald said.
Sen. Macdonald, representing the Coalition, was joined in the official party by Lieutenant-General David Morrison, Chief of the Army, and other senior Army personnel.

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