Vietnam

Vietnam (1962-1975)

Australia’s miliitary involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia’s history.  Almost 60,000 Australians, including ground troops, airforce and navy personnel served in Vietnam.  There were 521 deaths as a result of the war and over 3000 were wounded.

The celebrated battle of Long Tan in August 1966 saw the 108 soldiers of D company hold off an enemy force of 2000 soldiers for 4 hours in a tropical downpour.  The Australian force suffered 17 deaths and 25 wounded, while the Viet Cong left 245 dead and carried away a significant number of casualties.

Although the final Australian combat troops left Vietnam in June 1973, our involvement was not officially terminated until the Australian Embassy staff were withdrawn on the 25th of April 1975.

BAKER, Glendon Laurence

Service Number – 17861

Rank – Gunner

Division – First Field Regiment

Enlistment – 28/09/1965

Discharged – 25/02/1969

Date of Death – 20/07/2009

Age at Death – 63

Burial Location – Bushland Orchid Bed

BOGAR, Valentine Albert

Service Number – 5717344

Rank – Private

Division – First Field Hygiene

Enlistment – 16/09/1971

Discharged – 09/03/1972

Date of Death – 05/08/2007

Age at Death – 58

Burial Location – Lawn E 280

HAYNES, Kenneth Gordon

Service Number – 2412438

Rank – Lance Corporal

Division – 5th and 7th Battalions

Enlistment – 27/02/1967

Discharged – 20/02/1968

Date of Death – 02/08/2008

Age at Death – 66

Burial Location – Anglican F 497

McDOUGALL, Donald

Service Number – 56049

Rank – Sapper

Division – Engineers

Enlistment – 02/09/1971

Discharged – 18/11/1971

Date of Death – 22/02/1977

Age at Death – 24

Burial Location – Presbyterean A 70

REYNOLDS, Cyril Joseph “Nobby”

Service Number – 55019

Rank – Private

Division – 8th Field Ambulance and First Field Medical & Dental Equipment

Enlisted – 16/03/1968

Discharged – 10/03/1969

Date of Death – 15/04/2002

Age at Death – 54

Burial Location – CREM – Bed of Unknown Roses

SYKES, Arnold

Service Number – 55431

Rank – Private

Division – 9th Battalion

Enlistment – 13/11/1968

Killed in Action – 19/01/1969

Date of Death – 19/01/1969

Age at Death – 25

Burial Location – War Graves Section

WHITEAKER, Leslie Ronald (“Ron)

Service Number – 5410368

Rank – Sergeant

Division – 3rd Special Air Services Regiment

Enlistment – 15/06/1966

Discharged – 16/03/1967

Date of Death – 28/04/2008

Age at Death – 75

Burial Location – Crematorium, Parkland Section