Length of War: 1962-1974
Numbers of Australians involved in the war: 60,000
Numbers of Australian troops who died: 521
Numbers taken prisoner: Nil
Robert Menzies (Liberal) 1949-1966
Harold Holt (Liberal) 1966-1967
John McEwen (Liberal) 1967-1968
John Gorton (Liberal) 1968-1971
William McMahon (Liberal) 1971-1972
Gough Whitlam (Labor) 1972-1975
The Vietnam War
At the War’s conclusion, the Vietnam War became the longest conflict involving the Australian Defence Force. Lasting over 12-years and involving over 60,000 personal, 521 Australian lost their lives and over 3,000 wounded. There were no Australian Prisoners of War in the Vietnam War
The arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 was the beginning of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Australia’s participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973. The only combat troops remaining in Vietnam were a platoon guarding the Australian embassy in Saigon, which was withdrawn in June 1973.
The Australian commitment consisted predominantly of army personnel, but significant numbers of air force and navy personnel and some civilians also took part.
4 Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross during the course of Vietnam War