Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Long Tan Battle Remembered

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Long Tan Battle Remembered

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"AT THIS commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan, we make no attempt to glorify war. We do, however, recognise the deeds of young Australians who left these shores to aid a friendly nation, and especially those of the young men who fought that day at Long Tan. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten."

These words were spoken by the president of Kyogle RSL Sub-branch, Bruce McKenzie, at the Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day service at the Kyogle Cenotaph.

The biggest and most decisive battle fought by Australian troops during the Vietnam War (1960-73) was the Battle of Long Tan, resulting in the Australian Task Force gaining the initiative in Phuoc Tuy Province, retained until our forces withdrew in 1973.

Early in the morning of August 18, 1966, a patrol from B Company, 6RAR, was sent out from the Task Force base at Nui Dat to locate enemy mortars and harass the Viet Cong responsible for a mortar and recoilless rifle attack on the base the day before. …

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