Veterans of the Battle of Long Tan finally get their medals

The veterans of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam have finally received the gallantry awards and unit citations that were recommended shortly after the battle occurred in August 1966. The downgrading of the military awards occurred due to policy decisions taken by military bureaucrats, a process that has now been reversed some 42 years later. The Federal Government is to be congratulated on making this long-overdue decision; it’s just a shame that the Liberal-Labor parties never bothered to correct this injustice years ago.

The company commander is to be awarded the Star of Gallantry, the platoon commanders are entitled to the Medal for Gallantry, and all the men of D Company 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment are now authorised to wear the Gallantry Cross with the citation emblem awarded to them by the then government of South Vietnam.

The Battle of Long Tan took place on 18 August 1966 in Vietnam, where Australian military forces had been sent to save the South Vietnamese people from the reach of Communism, and to guard against a “domino effect” of Communism encroaching further into other countries. Eighteen young Australians died, seventeen killed in action and one from wounds received, and a further 24 were wounded. Those killed were aged between 19 to 22, eleven of them were 21.

When the survivors of the Battle of Long Tan, and rest of our troops, returned home from the Vietnam War, many of them were spat upon and called “baby killers” by leftist university students and other anti-national extremists. Currently, Australian troops are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in many other places. Even though we may not want our soldiers to be sent to foreign lands in the service of globalist causes, they should be supported; in such a case it is better to say: “Oppose the war, support the diggers”. Never again should our serving or veteran men and women be spat upon by unwashed hordes of globalist do-gooders.

We have a duty to ensure that our serving men and women are not thrown away on useless foreign adventures. We do not want our nation’s military personnel to bleed and die for globalist causes or oil resources. Our nationalism centres upon our People and our Nation. We do not want to send our troops to spill their blood upon Arab soil. Instead, we should give our military the resources to protect our nation’s borders.

We do not want to spend millions of dollars of our money on placing our military forces in Third World countries. Instead, we should spend it on protecting Australian sovereignty from Third World incursions by so-called refugees and from those who pillage our off-shore fishing grounds; the millions of dollars squandered on deployments to the Middle East could instead be well-spent on patrol boats for our coastline.

Those leftist extremists and assorted globalists who once spat upon our returning war veterans are the same people who are now demanding that we allow masses of Third World refugees into our country. They will only be satisfied if we hand our country over, to be swamped by Third World immigrants, to become an Asianised country. Well, no fair dinkum Australian is going to stand for that – we have a right to exist as a People, we have a right to resist immigration-driven genocide, we have the right to be Australian.

Remember the heroes of Long Tan, remember the heroes of Kokoda.
Follow in their footsteps by defending the future of Australia.
Join together with the Australian Protectionists, and make a difference!

Veterans to receive medals 42 years late, ABC Radio, 14 August 2008
Long Tan awards ‘long overdue’, Herald Sun, 14 August 2008
Veterans of the Battle of Long Tan finally acknowledged, Courier Mail, 14 August 2008
Long Tan heroes lost in red tape, Herald Sun, 16 August 2006
The Battle of Long Tan [with Honour Roll] Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

24th August 2008

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