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Location Main Road & Park Street, McLaren Vale, Onkaparinga - South Australia, Australia
Type memorial_planting
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A Memorial Garden (Garden of Remembrance), located in the Gemmel Tassie Reserve comprising the following:

A Long Tan Cross replica with two bronze plaques affixed, set in a circular paved area surrounded in a semi circle by 50 trees planted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 11. Half of the circular area is set out as a mosaic with coloured pavers to depict the Rising Sun.

Two semi circular rose gardens bordering half of the paved circular area.

Two Memorial Park Benches and a flagpole.

A naturally formed slate slab set vertically in a concrete slab with a bronze Australia Remembers plaque affixed.

A polished black granite sloper desk memorial set vertically on a black granite base that is in turn set on a concrete slab. Sloper desk memorial is 1 metre high by 1.2 metres wide. Motifs and inscriptions are in 23 ct gold leaf.

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Inscription

Long Tan Cross:

Plaque face:

                                                                     THIS REPLICA OF THE CROSS

                                                                       ERECTED AT LONG TAN IN

                                                                         VIETNAM HONOURS THE

                                                                     MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO

                                                                         LOST THEIR LIVES AS A

                                                                         CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR

                                                                        INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR

                                                                           IN VIETNAM 1963 - 1972

                                                                               LEST WE FORGET

Plaque rear:

                                                                         THIS CROSS WAS UNVEILED ON

                                                                          17TH AUGUST 2003 BY THE

                                                                         HON ALEXANDER DOWNER MP

                                                                             MEMBER FOR MAYO AND

                                                                        MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

                                                                         DONATED BY MEMBERS OF THE

                                                                             McLAREN VALE RSL CLUB

                                                                                      IN MEMORY OF

 

Park Bench 1:

Back rest: Three photographs relating to the Battle of Long Tan

 

Park Bench 2:

Back rest: Three photographs relating to the Battle of Long Tan

                          THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM TO


                      D COMPANY, 6TH BATTALION


                     ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT


                    By virtue of the authority invested in me as the President of the United States and as Commander-in-Chief of


                   the Armed Forces of the United States, I have today awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for extraordinary


                  heroism to D Company, Sixth Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, The Australian Army.


 


                D Company distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations against an opposing


               armed force in Vietnam on August 18,1966.


 


             While searching for Viet Cong in a rubber plantation northeast of Ba Ria, Phuoc Tuy, Province, Republic of Vietnam,


            D Company met and immediately engaged in heavy contact. As the battle developed, it became apparent that the men


          of D Company were facing a numerically superior force. The platoons of D Company were surrounded and attacked on


         all sides by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion using automatic weapons, small arms and mortars. Fighting courageously


        against a well armed and determined foe, the men on D Company maintained their formations in a common perimeter


       defence and inflicted heavy casualties on the Viet Cong.


 


      The enemy maintained a continuous, intense volume of fire and attacked repeatedly from all directions. Each successive


     assault was repulsed by the courageous Australians. Heavy rainfall and low ceiling prevented any friendly close air support


    during the battle. After three hours of savage attacks, having failed to penetrate the Australian lines, the enemy withdrew from


   the battlefield carrying many dead and wounded, and leaving 245 Viet Cong dead forward of the defence positions of D Company.


 


  The conspicuous courage, intrepidity and indomitable courage of D Company were to the highest tradition of military valour


and reflect great credit upon D Company and the Australian Army.


 


Lyndon B. Johnson


The White House

 

Plaque on slate slab:

                                                                        LOGO OF AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS

                                                                                 AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS

                                                                              50 TREES COMMEMORATING

                                                                               THE END OF WORLD WAR 11

                                                                                       LEST WE FORGET

                                                                                             1945 1995

Granite Memorial:

                               Logo of RSL                                          Insignia of the                                      Logo of the

                           90TH Anniversary                           Australian Military Forces              Department of Veterans’ Affairs

                                                       THIS STONE COMMEMORATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF

                                                  THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN IN VIETNAM 18TH AUGUST 1966

                                                                                       KILLED IN ACTION

                                                 D COMPANY, 6TH BATTALION ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT

 

LEST WE FORGET

                                                                              THIS STONE WAS UNVEILED BY

                                                                                     KYM RICHARDSON MP

                                                          FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON 20TH AUGUST 2006

Condition

MAINTAINED BY: City of Onkaparinga Council

PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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Names

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SHARP, Gordon Cameron

Service number 2781465
Second Lieutenant
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 17 Mar 1945

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GRICE, Victor Roy

Service number 1730947
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 6 Apr 1945

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WHISTON, Colin Joseph

Service number 3787607
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 8 May 1945

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GANT, Kenneth Howard

Service number 1730941
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 6 Jan 1945

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MITCHELL, Warren David

Service number 1731013
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 1 Apr 1945

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SALVERON, Douglas Javing

Service number 1731040
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 17 Feb 1945

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ALDERSEA, Richard Alfred

Service number 55120
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 29 Jul 1946

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THOMAS, David John

Service number 38712
Private
6th Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 18 Jan 1945

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