Lot more to our involvement than Long Tan

DESPITE some perceptions, there were significant battles other than Long Tan involving Australian combat forces during this country’s decade long Vietnam military commitment.

Additionally, Australians were involved is such iconic US battles as Hue, simultaneously at Khe Sanh and later Hamburger Hill.

Australia’s Vietnam involvement began in July 1962 when 30 “military advisors” were sent to train and advise the Vietnamese Army.

It ended in June 1973 when the 27-strong Australian Embassy Guard Saigon was withdrawn.

Over 60,000 Australians from all three services served in Vietnam; 523 died as a result of the war and almost 2,400 were wounded.

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