The Battle of Long Tan took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
The Battle of Long Tan took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Contributed

Time for the heroes of Long Tan to be officially recognised

WARRANT Officer Jack Kirby deserved the V.C. in 1966 and still deserves that recognition.

A brave man and fine soldier who continually dashed about under fire re-distributing ammunition and boosting morale.

Many others at Long Tan also repeatedly put duty and loyalty before self.

Lt Col Harry Smith re-appeals against AOTY Morrison's decision to deny them fair recognition.

Every Australian killed in that battle died in the firing position facing the enemy; not a coward among them, unlike those MPs, public servants and absent senior officers who pontificated on their merit.

All Australians should read Lt Col Smith's record of what his 108 young men did defeating sustained attacks by about 2500 enemy.

Communists still refuse to accept that their massive defeat was due to the professionalism, determination and sheer courage of a few Australians.

Why have some poor spirited, quill-driving officers, clock-watchers and MPs done likewise since 1966?

GEOFF PICKERING

 

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