2023 $2 50th Anniversary of the End of Australia's Involvement in the Vietnam War AlBr 'C' Mintmark Coloured UNC Coin on card (Memorial Obverse)
The Vietnam War was Australia's longest of the twentieth century. Over a decade the commitment grew from a Military Training Team to a Battalion and then a Task Force. Each of the Army, Navy and Air Force were involved. The Army playing the biggest role, basing its operations largely in South Vietnam's Phuoc Tuy Province. Some 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, 521 lost their lives and many more were wounded before the last Australian Troops came home in December 1973.
Australia's first troops arrived in South Vietnam in 1962. For the next decade, Australian soldiers, sailors and airmen served in a war against North Vietnamese-backed communist guerrillas and the North Vietnamese Army. Most fought in Phuoc Tuy province, site of the Australian Task Force & Logistics bases, from Lager battles like Long Tan, Coral/Balmoral, Baria. Binh Ba & Nui Le, to patrol scale actions and smaller skirmishes. Australia completed its withdrawal in 1973, two years before North Vietnam's victory in April 1975.
Obverse Designer J. Clark
Revers Designer: A Ball
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