Vietnam War Memorial with National Service Memorial - Newcastle

Description: 

A partially rendered walled memorial with polished black marble tiles that lead to a central commemoration space. To the front, and set into the path is the word “VIETNAM.” On the western outside of the memorial is a brass plaque providing a brief description Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. A hewn sandstone base, with brass plaques, is located in front of the main structure, and supports a flagstaff. The rear section of the structure features a separate - but closely associated – memorial to Australia’s National Service and Combined Forces personnel.The memorial is located at the Western end of Civic Park near the intersection of Auckland and King Streets.

 

Inscription: 

Top of centre hewn sandstone rock: Vietnam War Memorial [with map of Vietnam, together with the flags of Australia the Republic of South Vietnam.] Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley men who gave their lives 1962 - 1973 [List of Names] 'Lest we Forget Erected by their Newcastle Vietnam Legion Comrades 1986' Information Plaque: Australian involvement in Vietnam began in 1962 with the commitment of army advisers whose task was to train and assist the army of the Republic of Vietnam in its struggle against Viet Cong guerrillas and later against the forces of North Vietnam. In 1965, a regular battalion was sent to assist American and South Vietnamese forces. As the level of the war intensified, further increases were made in troop strength, and ships and aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force also saw service. At its height, the 1st Australian Task force numbered 8,300 men, and operated mostly in the southern coastal province of Phoc Tuy. Nearly 50,000 Australians served in what became Australia's longest war, and for the first time large numbers of National Servicemen were sent on active service overseas. The main Australian force was withdrawn at the end of 1971, and the remaining small groups of army instructors were brought home the following year. 486 Australians were killed and 2,398 were wounded. On the outside rear faces of the funnel are memorial plaques for serviceman who have died while in service but not in conflict. Front of centre rock: “The Vietnam War Memorial was constructed by the Vietnam legion with monies donated by the citizens of the Hunter Valley District. The memorial was dedicated on the 12th of September 1987 by Major General A.L. Morrison AO DSO MBE. J.E. McNaughton, Lord Mayor W.B. Lewis, Town Clerk Architects; Suters, Busteed, Corner and Clode” SEE Section Below: Additional Images with accompanying information for the NATIONAL SERVICE AND COMBINED FORCES MEMORIAL

 
 

Recorded by: 

Mr Robert McLardy
 

Established date: 

1987 & 2002
 

Location/surrounding area: 

Memorial Location
 

Address Data: 

Civic Park,219 King Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
 
 

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Veterans Listed

FirstName LastNamesort descending Conflict Status Link
W J Ashton Vietnam War KIA view
E J Bailey Vietnam War KIA view
T D Blackhurst Vietnam War KIA view
W A Blanck Vietnam War KIA view
S E Dickson Vietnam War KIA view
D G Doyle Vietnam War KIA view
G G Gilbert Vietnam War KIA view
J Hall Vietnam War KIA view
P A Hines Vietnam War KIA view
J M Houston Vietnam War KIA view

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