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8RAR (Vic) Association - Long Hai Commemoration

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

Event Details

Sunday, 25 February 2024 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Post-1945 Memorial, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
  • Admission is free.
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.

8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) was raised in July 1966 as part of the expansion of the Australian Army. They served in Vietnam from November 1969 until November 1970 and were based at Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy province.

Although mainly involved in pacification operations, 8RAR was also involved in the reconnaissance operation Hammersley. On 18 February 1970, 8RAR uncovered an enemy bunker system that had been evacuated as a result of air raids. The battalion spent the rest of the operation patrolling the area to engage the enemy, primarily through ambushes. 

This operation earned 8RAR a Meritorious Unit Commendation from the government of South Vietnam. It was also during this operation that 8RAR sustained most of its fatal casualties, including eight on a single day. In the year they were deployed, 18 members of 8RAR lost their lives. 

Shrine Representative:

Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo.

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