Friday 27 July 2012 by Lauren Beckman. 19 comments

Commemorative service held on the site of the battle of Long Tan, 1969, photographed by Christopher John Bellis Commemorative service held on the site of the battle of Long Tan, 1969, photographed by Christopher John Bellis EKN

On 18 August 1969, soldiers of 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) erected a cross in the Long Tan rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy province (now Ba Ria–Vung Tau province), South Vietnam. 

The cross marked the site where three years earlier, on 18 August 1966, 108 soldiers of D Company, 6RAR, had fought a fierce battle against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces. 

Following the communist victory in 1975 and the reunification of Vietnam, the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa City acquired the Long Tan cross. In 1989 the Long Dat District People’s Committee erected a replica cross on the original site. 

The original cross, on loan from the Dong Nai Museum and the Ministry of Culture, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, will be on display at the Australian War Memorial from 17 August 2012 until April 2013. 

The public is invited to come to the Memorial to be part of a special closing ceremony at 4.45pm on Friday 17 August to commemorate the men who fought in the battle of Long Tan and to remember those who died. 

All Australians who served during the Vietnam War will be recognised at a commemorative closing ceremony on Saturday 18 August.


Allan Walter Wilson

RIP - Forever remembered lost souls Vietnam War. (4410499 28-7-2012)

Graeme KIRK

On 8th Jan 2012 two pipers from the Victorian Pipes and Drums performed 6 numbers at the Long Tan Cross. They had Government approval. As a Suggestion the Museum could obtain their services along with the lone piper 6th Battalion from 1969 to pipe the Cross into the Museum.

Lyn Forde

To the memory of Jack Jewry, a St Marys boy who didn't come home but became a casualty at Long Tan. May you always live in our hearts and minds. Lest We Forget

Phil Thomson

I was too young for Vietnam but like all of us who served in the 6th Battalion, I will always remember the Battle of Long Tan, and our troops who fought there. Lest we Forget.


Re: Graeme Kirk's comment - What a sensational idea.

Adam Tritton

In loving memory of Pte Paul Large who fought bravely alongside his comrades in The Battle of Long Tan. Paulie, you didn't make it home mate but I'm going down to the unveiling of the Long Tan Cross on August 18th with your sister, we will remember you mate... your cousin; Adam RIP

Rob Deane

As a US Navy flight surgeon who fought in the "Gulf of Tonkin" days and the Vietnam (or "American") war, I will always be grateful for superb ANZAC participation in the wars since "The Great War" (WWI) in which our countries have both fought. Thank you and "May you live long and prosper".


Lest We Forget, folks and my respects to the enemy as well.


To veiw the Long Tan cross gave us the opportunity to share Spirit of our brother killed in this battle To Warren You had no choice in being involved in this senseless battle but You served your Country and lost your life! It also deprived us from meeting our brother whom we never knew and you left behind a wonderful loving family who shared your first 21 years! you are always in our thoughts never to be forgotten

Ron Hogan

To those who served at Long Tan and in other parts of Vietnam and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, be it during the conflict or years later back home, thank you.

Annette Sadler

Let us remember the wives and families who have also been affected by that war. They too served their country.

CA Hyde

The federal govt had better pay for them all to attend this time having wasted billions on other frivoulous schemes

John Dean

Lest we forget the valor of such as these who fought in distant lands so that we may have a democracy that is for all intents and purposes governed by the will of the people and not by those who would perpetrate cruel and inhuman subjugation of its people.

Kevin Parkes

In August 1969 I was an observer in a 161 Recce Flight Bell Sioux helicopter on a visual recce mission and the flight path took us over the Long Tan plantation. The memorial cross-had been erected a couple of days earlier and we had been informed of the event. The pilot did a slow circuit of the cross and locale at no time did I feel threatened by travelling so low or slow over the location. The rubber trees all had their tops blown off by the artillery during the battle in 1966 and they had not totally recovered by that time. There was a general feeling at the location of being very uneasy and to this day I do not know why I felt as if the spooks or ghosts of history were watching. I expressed this feeling to the pilot and he said that he felt the same feelings every time he flew over the site. I have spoken to a few who have visited the site and this feeling of uneasiness is something that has never been mentioned.

Tony Lavelle


Austin Plug

i went to Canberra recently on a school trip and saw the Long Tan cross at the Australian war memorial. it was a humbling feeling to be near something of such national importance. it made me think of all the people that lost their lives there. Lest We Forget

Mick hannon

Spent a lot of time of in the same troop as Paul Andrew Large as a child in Coola, and as Bob Buick said died as a true digger. Loved the trees in Coola for the blokes who died. Well done Digger.

Stephen Fitzsimmons

It is an opportunity for our Government to request the cross stays at the AWM where it belongs. It means nothing to the Vietnamese at Bien Hoa. It is quite difficult to get to and I would think visited by few tourists only locals. Lets try to convince them Bob Carr.

Peter Evans