Wingham RSL Sub-branch commemorates 2018 Vietnam Veterans' Day

Del Heuke, Ellise O’Connor, Kelvyn Allard, Layne Watson, Peter Wilson, Tom Kyle and Stephen Smith commemorating Vietnam Veterans' Day in Wingham.
Del Heuke, Ellise O’Connor, Kelvyn Allard, Layne Watson, Peter Wilson, Tom Kyle and Stephen Smith commemorating Vietnam Veterans' Day in Wingham.

Last month Wingham RSL Sub-branch held a small but significant commemoration for Vietnam Veterans’ Day.    

Next year, members who served in D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam will be heading to Wingham for their 2019 reunion on August 18.   

In 1966 D Company was the infantry unit fighting for survival against overwhelming odds in the Long Tan rubber plantation.

It was this battle that was to later form the date to commemorate and recognise the service and sacrifice of the 55,000 Australians that fought in South Vietnam.

The 6th Battalion was to return to South Vietnam for their second tour in 1969/1970 for another year of arduous and successful operations and consolidation patrols.

A number of local veterans served in 6th Battalion on these tours including Al Valentine (Lt Col. Rtd).

“Several members of the D Company Association were present for last months’ commemoration. They took the opportunity to look over the accommodation, facilities and the district in preparation for our reunion next year,” Allan said.

Wingham RSL Sub-branch president, Terry Gould said, “We are delighted to be hosting this distinguished unit’s reunion in Wingham next year and feel sure other local sub branches will join us in making this reunion and commemoration a success.”