The Australian and New Zealanders who were
killed while under operational control of the
173rd Airborne Brigade, US Army during 1965 - 66
will be listed on their National Memorial.
This will be the only memorial on US soil to list the names of
Aussies and Kiwis, quite possibly the world ...
no greater honour of acknowledgement could be
given to our mates.
Ray Payne OAM
173rd Airborne Brigade Association
Secretary - Chapter 23 f
We thank the 173rd Airborne Brigade for their wonderful gesture
in inscribing the names of 30 Australians KIA in
Vietnam on their most impressive recently
dedicated memorial. In the case of 5RAR it was
the intent of 173rd Abn Bde to include the names
of the four 5RAR men who fell during Operation
Hardihood. The operational phase of Operation
Hardihood. commenced on 24 May 1966 and:
Pte Noack (B Company) was KIA that day.
Pte Sweetnam (C Company) was KIA on 9 June
Cpl Coupe and Pte Farren (both D Company) were
KIA on 10 June.
5RAR remained under operational command of 173rd Abn Bde until 1800
5 June when we came under operational command of
HQ 1ATF, who had just deployed to Nui Dat.
Operation Hardihood concluded on 15 June. the
173rd Abn Bde left the Nui Dat area on 8 June to
conduct Operation Hollandia in the Long Hai for
a period of 10 days.
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Point Presentation of the Dedication
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