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Remembering Long Tan.



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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP

Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Remembering Long Tan

People gathered together today to remember the Australian and New Zealand forces who served in the Vietnam War in the battle of Long Tan.

Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray said Long Tan was an iconic battle where Australia and its allies triumphed against overwhelming odds.

“The battle began on August 17 in 1966 when 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought against more then 2000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops not far from the small Village of Long Tan in a rubber plantation.

“The soldiers prevailed against all odds, fighting in torrential rain, holding back thousands of enemy troops until help arrived. 18 Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded in the battle.

“Today we acknowledge and remember not only the soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice in Long Tan, but also the 50,000 or more Australians who were involved in the Vietnam War,” Dr Stone said.

“The admirable characteristics of the men and women who served our country at war including their determination, teamwork, persistence and bravery will always be remembered.”

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