1RAR recognised for Vietnam service
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retd) has formally approved the awarding of the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation in recognition of the military assistance provided to the former Republic of Vietnam while under the operational command of the United States 173rd Airborne Brigade.
The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation was awarded by the former Government of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) to specific military units that distinguished themselves in battle.
To be eligible for the insignia of the citation members must have served in Vietnam under the command of 173rd Airborne Brigade from 5 May 1965 to 31 May 1966 in one of the following units;
- 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
- 1 Troop, A Squadron, 4/19 PWLH (redesignated as 1 APC Troop, 1 APC Squadron from late Sep 1965)
- 105th Field Battery, RAA
- 3rd Field Troop, RAE
- 161st Reconnaissance Flight, AAAVN
- 1st Australian Logistic Support Company
- Battery Section, 4th Field Regiment Light Aid Detachment, RAEME
(and redesignated in country to 105th Field Battery Section, 12th Field Regiment Light Aid Detachment, Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers).
Applications for the insignia of the Citation can now be submitted to Defence Honours and Awards webpage.
The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was presented the streamer of the citation at a parade in November 2015 at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville.
The streamer was presented by the Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, as part of a larger parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the 65th, 66th and 67th Battalions, later to become the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment. As part of the ceremony, the 2nd and 3rd Battalions will also be presented replacement Queen’s and Regimental Colours by the Governor-General.
Further information about the Citation, including eligibility requirements and the application process is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 160KB).