Vietnam War 1962-1975

Australia’s military involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia’s history.




From the time of the arrival of the first members of the Team in 1962 almost 60,000 Australian’s, including ground troops and air force and navy personnel, served in Vietnam; 521 died as a result of the war and over 3,000 were wounded.


The war was the cause of the greatest social and political dissent in Australia since the conscription referendums of the First World War. Many draft resisters, conscientious objectors, and protestors were fined or jailed, while soldiers met a hostile reception on their return home.