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Lest We Forget Vietnam

A small crowd gathered to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Argent Street last Thursday.

Wreaths were laid by widows, members of the Vietnams Veterans Club, friends, and the Club’s President.

A silence fell on the crowd as The Ode For The Fallen was read out and The Last Post played.

Local artist Bowden McAllister sang I Was Only Nineteen and A Walk in the Light Green.

Des Kennedy, the founder of Broken Hill Vietnam Veterans Club, said 124 Broken Hill locals went to Vietnam, several were injured and two were killed in action.

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He said, “Many have PTSD but treatment and recognition were all too late.“

Allen Turner, who has been on the RSL Committee for several years, said, “the Disability pension- woke me up to what is available to pensioners and I’ve done my best to put things on the right track”.

Vietnam Vets Day is held on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966.

The Battle was fought on a rubber plantation near Long Tân, Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam.

The action was fought between the Viet Cong (VC) and People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) units and elements of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF).

PICTURE: (L-R) Allen Turner (Tanky) and Des Kennedy.

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