South Tweed Sports Club Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Gardens plaquesVietnam Veterans Memorial Gardens and surroundings

This memorial to those who served in the Vietnam War is located on the southern side of the South Tweed Sports Club. It consists of a memorial wall, established first, and the surrounding memorial garden which was added later. 

The memorial wall was donated by South Tweeds Sports Club. It was blessed by Father A. Hoade on15 August 2005 and officially opened by Mr Bill Mason, Queensland RSL State President shortly after on 18 August. It is topped with a cross associated with the Long Tan Battle in Vietnam and bears an honour roll. There are also a number of plaques with the names of individual soldiers and a citation from Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States of America, to D Company, sixth Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment of the Australian Army for extraordinary heroism.

The memorial garden was launched on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which claimed the lives of 17 Australians and wounded 25 more. It was unveiled on 3 November 2006 by John Heslewood, President of the Long Tan Veterans and Keith Payne VC. A plaque is also located on the memorial wall to acknowledges the role of Sergeant P. W. Crockett for his support of Vietnam veterans and being a driving force for the garden.


Plaque 1

This Vietnam Veterans Memorial
was blessed by
Fr. A. Hoade
on the 15th of August 2005

Plaque 2

This Vietnam Veterans Memorial
donated by
South Tweed Sports
officially opened on
the 18th of August 2005
by Mr Bill Mason. Queensland RSL State President

Plaque 3

This Memorial was unveiled on the
3rd November 2006 by
Mr John Heslewood,
The Long Tan Veterans Association
and Mr Keith Payne VC

Plaque 4

In Honour of those who gave their lives while
serving their country during the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam -18th August 1966



Plaque 5

dedicated to 2412214 Sgt. P.W. (Davy) Crockett 3 Cav Regt R.A.A.C.
1968-69 1971 Vietnam
For outstanding service, dedication and support to Vietnam Veterans. The inspiration and
driving force behind this memorial garden and annual remembrance day.
16-1-1943 1-7-2014 LEST WE FORGET

Garden signage

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Private L Abernethy Vietnam 278605 Army 9th Batt Royal Aust Regt view
Private B J Goff Vietnam 217780 Army 9th Batt Royal Aust Regt view
Sergeant P W Crockett Vietnam 2412214 Army A Sqd 3rd Cav Regiment view
Engineering Mechanic G Doust Vietnam R59261 RAN HMAS Parramatta view
Leading Seaman D H Gibbons Vietnam R94425 RAN HMAS Yarra view
Temporary Sergeant R M Corban Vietnam 219571 Army HQD 5 Company RAASC view
Private M E Aleman Vietnam 1731435 Army HQS 1st Aust Task Force view

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Cnr Altair and Cape Streets
South Tweed Sports Club
Tweed Heads NSW 2485
Local Government Area
  • Tweed Shire
  • Building – outside
Memorial type
  • Garden/park
  • Wall
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Year of construction
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  • Vietnam War, 1962–75