Battle of Long Tan

Inquiry into Unresolved Recognition Issues for the Battle of Long Tan

  • On 14 August 2008 the Australian Government announced its response to the independent review of the Battle of Long Tan recognition. As part of its response, the Government announced that ‘any other unresolved concerns regarding individual awards for Long Tan would be referred to the independent Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal’.
  • In October 2009 the Government accepted the following recommendations:
    • Recommendation 1: Flight Lieutenant Cliff Dohle be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the contemporary equivalent award to the Distinguished Flying Cross, the original award for which he was properly recommended in 1966 by all levels of Australian command in Vietnam.
    • Recommendation 2: No other individual awards be made to participants in the Battle of Long Tan.
    • Recommendation 3: Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, be awarded the Unit Citation for Gallantry for its performance at the Battle of Long Tan in August 1966.

Media Release – Announcement of Inquiry
Terms of Reference
Report: Appendix 4
Media Release – Announcement of the acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations

by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986