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Wednesday, 8 November 1967


Mr Daly asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

1.   What is the total strength of Australian military forces in Vietnam?

2.   Of those at present serving in Vietnam how many are (a) Regular Army personnel (b) national service trainees and (c) Royal Australian Air Force personnel?


Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honour able members questions are as follows:

1.   Total strength of Australian forces in Vietnam at 1st October 1967-6,345. 2. (a) Regular Army personnel - 3,062. (b) National servicemen- 2,228. (c) Royal Australian Air Force personnel - 661. (d) Royal Australian Navy personnel - 394.

Australian Casualties in Vietnam (Question No. 741)


Mr Daly asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

1.   What is the total number of casualties suffered by Australian forces in Vietnam since the date of the first commitment of our military forces? 2.How many of this number were

(a)   wounded in action

(b)   killed in action

(c)   accidentally wounded and

(d)   accidentally killed?

3.   In each of these groups how many were

(a)   Regular Army personnel

(b)   National service trainees, and

(c)   RAAF personnel?


Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   Total number of casualties suffered by Australian forces in Vietnam from the date of our first commitment in July 1962 to October 1967, 890. 2 and 3-

 

United States Forces in Vietnam (Question No. 742)


Mr Daly asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

1.   Is he able to say that is the total number of American forces in Vietnam at this date?

2.   How many casualties have been suffered to date by the American forces and of those how many were (a) wounded in action, (b) killed in action, (c) accidentally wounded and (d) accidentally killed?


Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   As at 14th October 1967 United States forces in Vietnam numbered about 460,000. As has been announced this number is to be increased by some 45,000 men.

2.   The total casualties sustained by the United States from 1st January 1961 to 14th October 1967 is 106,018. Of this figure

(a)   88,502 were wounded or injured in action

(b)   12,831 were killed in action or subsequently died of wounds

(c)   The United States does not maintain separate records of those accidentaly wounded in Vietnam

(d)   2,785 were accidentally killed.







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