From left: China Hammal, Commander Peter Higgins and Fremantle Lord Mayor Peter Tagliaferri


THIS year Fremantle's Monument Hill will become home to Australia's first memorial to navy servicemen who died in the Vietnam War.
Two veterans' groups are planning to put up a memorial at Monument Hill featuring original links from the anchor chain of HMAS Perth.
The Vietnam Memorial is the inspiration of China Hammal, the chairman and president of both groups.
Mr. Hammal recently received the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's birthday honours for his service to the welfare of Vietnam veterans and their families.
The Australian Navy, Vietnam Veterans Welfare Association and Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans Association are involved.

HMAS Perth was the only Australian warship to be damaged by enemy fire since World War II and also served in the Vietnam conflict.
To thank the City of Fremantle for its support, the associations presented the council with two commemorative plaques on August 1.
Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri received a plaque containing an original anchor cable link from HMAS Perth from Commander Peter Higgins, Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling and patron of the welfare association.
The link was to symbolise the relationship between the City of Fremantle and the association.
Admiral Phillip Kennedy (retired) is the patron of the Vietnam Logistic Support Association and he presented the mayor with a plaque listing all the ships and units that served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1972.
The memorial will go up in November.

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