Vietnam Veterans’ Bravery Recognised on Eve of 50th Anniversary – Coral-Balmoral Battle

It’s taken almost half a century but Australian forces who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War are finally to be recognised for their bravery.

Soldiers who resisted attack at the Battle of Coral-Balmoral,  which claimed 26 Australian lives, learnt on Thursday they were to be honoured with a Unit Citation for Bravery. The recommendation comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the battle on the weekend of May 12-13.

The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal posted the decision on its website on Thursday morning, stating that members had arrived at the recommendations unanimously.

It said: ‘Throughout the submissions the theme of teamwork and collective gallantry is readily apparent and consistently referenced.

The message to the Tribunal from all of the veterans of the battles was that, regardless of corps and parent unit, they had fought as a coordinated group and that everybody who was there deserve recognition.’

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Read the DHAAT Report and its five recommendations here

Read the Sydney Morning Herald’s article here

Comments

  1. Mike john Schar ( ex. 1 R.A.R. member ) – F.S.B. Coral – Battle of Coral / Balmoral and 3 R.A.R. – F.S.B. Balmoral ( 12 th. May – 6 th. June 1968 ) 1 & 3 R.A.R.; A Sqn.3rd.Cav. Reg.; C. Sqn. 1st. Armd. Regt.; 12 th. Field Regt. R.A.A.; 161 Bty. R.N.Z.A.
    Mike Schar departed this Earth on 19 th. March, 2017;
    Birthday – 4th. May 1946.
    We will Remember Them.

  2. Steve Monteath says:

    Thanks surely must go to Dr Robert Maher [457] the initiator of this?

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