An intense, eight-hour battle in which three Australians were killed during the Vietnam War is set to be commemorated with a national service.
It's been fifty years since the Battle of Long Khanh, part of the first phase of Operation Overlord, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said.
"Early on 5 June 1971, Australian and New Zealand troops were deployed in the first phase of Operation Overlord, which aimed to prevent the enemy gaining a foothold into the Phuoc Tuy province," Mr Chester said.
"Two days later, on 7 June, the Australians were engaged in some eight hours of intense fighting which ended in an enemy withdrawal. This engagement became known as the Battle of Long Khanh."
Tragically, three Australians lost their lives in the battle. A further seven died in an ambush five days later.
Almost 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War from all three branches of the armed forces, with some 3000 wounded and 521 losing their lives.
Vietnam veterans were vital in the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service, now known as Open Arms, which provides mental health and support services to all veterans and their families.
The national commemorative service will take place at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in Canberra.
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