Battle of Long Tan soldiers 'finally' awarded bravery medals 50 years on

ABC News | 11/9/2016 | Staff
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Ten Australian soldiers have been recognised for their bravery more than 50 years after they fought in the Vietnam War's Battle of Long Tan.

On 18 August, 1966, members of D Company, who were outnumbered 20 to one, fought against the odds to defeat the Viet Cong.

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About 245 Viet Cong were killed in the rubber plantation and 18 Australians were killed and more were wounded.

But for half a century many of the men received no official recognition of their courage, despite sustained campaigning for recognition.

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Long Tan soldiers recognised with bravery awards:

Now 10 of those soldiers have been recognised at Government House in Canberra.

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Presenting them with their bravery awards, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove told them they were brave, dedicated and professional.

"Today many years after the event we think we have discovered all of those whose special efforts needed to be recognised," he said.

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"Let nobody dispute that the Battle of Long Tan stands as the emblem of that long war … we recognise people who for 50 years have been waiting.

"I commend the way you fought 50 years ago. Well done."

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Three of the medals were accepted posthumously, including for Gordon Sharp — the only Australian officer to die in the battle.

His nephew collected the medal for courage on his behalf.

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