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Australian soldiers killed in the Battle of Long Tan, which took place 50 years ago on Au-
gust 18, 1976, were commemorated at a solemn ceremony held in the Phillip Island RSL
Garden of Reembrance on Sunday.
for the Battle of Long Tan
THE Phillip Island RSL hosted a small ceremo-
ny in their Garden of Remembrance last Sunday,
to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan.
Australian soldiers fought in scores of fierce ac-
tions during the war in Vietnam.
However, few were as intense or dramatic as the
action in the Long Tan rubber plantation on Au-
gust 18, 1966.
An isolated infantry company of 108 men, cut
off and outnumbered by at least 10 to one, with-
stood massed Viet Cong attacks for three hours.
They suffered the heaviest Australian casualties
in a single engagement in Vietnam, but prevailed
against the odds.
The cost was high, 17 Australian soldiers were
killed in action and 25 were wounded, one of
whom died nine days later.
The battle left one third of the Australian compa-
ny dead or wounded, making Long Tan the army’s
most costly single engagement in Vietnam.
Eleven of the dead were National Servicemen
and seven were Regular Army soldiers. Their av-
erage age was 21 years.
Their valiant stand became a defining action of
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is not
conducting a service on August 18 this year as
many are attending the major commemorations in
Melbourne, in recognition of the 50th anniversary
of the Battle of Long Tan. Lest We Forget!
Vietnam Veterans from left Ken Anderson, Gary Parker, Tom Mallaghan and Bill Noble
were among those in attendance at Sunday’s 50th anniversary commemorative service for
the Battle of Long Tan, held in the RSL’s Garden of Remembrance.
Pop. PI &
Age Group taken from Census 2011
44.37% PI - 25.8%Aust
2092 21.83% PI - 41.82% Aust
3063 31.97% PI –32.37% Aust
Taken from Tourism draft
Important information for consideration
given the upcoming Council elections.
Why does Phillip Island require an
Aquatic Centre to be built NOW?
By Bass Coast Shire’s own estimates, in 2011, Phillip Island and San Remo
combined, accounted for 35.7% of the population of the Bass Coast Shire.
Research shows, if we concentrate just on the health effect of the 50 ’85+ age
group, we will start to see major improvements in health. This is the biggest
group and it has the potential of greatest improvement to the bottom line. Not
only will it save the health dollar, with no hospital here, it will ease the pressure
on those around us while it helps with general life and wellbeing of our entire
should happen sooner rather than later, if the numbers above aren’t enough to
Authorized by: Peter McMahonÊ- Secretary P.I.A.C.F. Inc withÊaddi-
“A minimum 8 Lane plus Hydrotherapy and learn to
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