In 1962, Australia began its involvement in the Vietnam War by sending 30 military advisors to South Vietnam. Over the next decade that military commitment escalated to a peak of over 7500 personnel including engineers, surgical teams and combat troops. In 1970, Australia began a phased withdrawal of forces from South Vietnam, and by the end of 1973 all combat forces had been withdrawn.
Throughout the war, as troops rotated out of duty in Vietnam, they were welcomed home with parades. I took this photo in 1969 during a parade to welcome troops returning home to Adelaide, South Australia.
I’m in the process of digitizing old photos and slides and thought I’d share a few from time to time.