Last men standing did one hell of a job
On 11 January 1973 Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck issued a proclamation ending Australia’s military involvement in south Vietnam.
Australia’s combat forces had been withdrawn by the McMahon government in August 1972, all that remained was a logistics support unit at Vung Tau and a reduced Australian Army Training Team.
The first 30 members of “The Team” had originally deployed on August 3, 1962, reaching 217 members at its peak strength in November 1970.
It had been an eclectic mix of officers and senior NCO, from absolute professionals to misfits unsuited to regimental service who thrived in an operational environment.
Competition for AATTV postings was intense, seen as a form of military elitism, particularly by those whose expectations for further challenging appointments was probably limited.
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