Dedicated to those who served




After considerable discussion among several members and with the approval of the ANVVWA and VLSVA Associations a committee was formed with a view to researching the feasibility of constructing and erecting a memorial to those of the RAN who served in Vietnam and the ships and units they served with. The committee consists of  “Aussie” Lawrence, Les A, Greg Shimall, “China” Hammal and others. This committee has the task of getting the project through to completion. 

The driving force arose from the fact that very little is ever made public about the Royal Australian Navy’s involvement in Vietnam. This is made more relevant particularly as the 30th anniversary of the cessation of the
RAN involvement is upon us. It is surprising how few people are aware of the RAN’s presence and what ships and units were there. This project seeks to address that situation and this will be the
first Memorial dedicated to the RAN in Vietnam in Australia. 

An application was made to the Fremantle City Council for approval to locate the monument on Monument Hill. With excellent support and advice from Agnieska Kiera, the Heritage Architect Planner, and Phil Thomson, the Cultural Development Coordinator, and after many fruitful meetings, approval was given to erect the memorial on Monument Hill. Some changes were made to the initial plans all of which will enhance the project. It is considered that the site would be excellent as it looks out to sea over Fremantle Harbour and is heritage listed.

The monument will be approximately 1mtr by 1mtr by 1mtr and will be constructed in reinforced concrete clad in Donnybrook Stone on a circular apron of concrete also covered with Donnybrook Stone to provide a non-slip surface. Logo’s representing each Association’s involvement will be inlaid in the apron. Donnybrook Stone is being used, as it closely resembles the monuments already erected.

The monument will have ten links of anchor chain, arranged in a semi circle, and a sailor’s cap, cast in bronze, bolted on the top of the monument. The ten links are from the former HMAS PERTH and each link symbolises one for each year of the RAN’s involvement. The sailor’s cap “Tally Band” will be inscribed with the words “RAN in Vietnam”. Four cast bronze plaques will be attached to the sides of the Memorial. The front one will have an artist’s impression of ships and helicopters and to the left will be a plaque depicting the names of the ships and units that were involved. The plaque at the rear will have a short history of the involvement and the plaque to the right will contain all the names of those RAN personnel who lost their lives during the conflict. 

The monument will also have a small internal hollow section lined in stainless steel. This has been done deliberately to allow widows and families of deceased RAN Vietnam Veterans to place some memento inside the memorial before it is sealed prior to dedication and unveiling. This will be done just before sunset on the day before dedication. Widows and families of deceased RAN Vietnam Veterans who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity are encouraged to contact the committee at the address above for further details. Items should be small such as a photograph, a card, a badge, personal message or some similar item.

Dedication and unveiling is set for the 30th of November at 11am with the widows and families service taking place just before sunset on the 29th. At sunset there will be a ceremonial lowering of a White Ensign as is customary. On completion of the dedication on the 30th it is planned to have a short march through Fremantle with guard and band. Light refreshments at a suitable venue will follow this. Details of this and other events will be released closer to the date.

Understandably there is a cost involved with this important project. As our Association is a  non-profit organisation, run by volunteers and rely on donations, we would truly appreciate any financial assistance you can provide to the address above.

               Click here to view artists impression of Memorial site                  
here to read Fremantle Gazette article                

           Click here to view photos of the Sunset Service and the Dedication and Unveiling                        

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