Long Tan vet­er­ans face tough strug­gle for jus­tice

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

AN­GRY vet­er­ans of the battle of Long Tan are on a col­li­sion course with the army and will boy­cott a bat­tal­ion cer­e­mony to present Delta Com­pany’s Unit Ci­ta­tion for Gal­lantry 45 years af­ter the battle.

Com­pany com­man­der Harry Smith re­ceived his be­lated Star of Gal­lantry at Mary­bor­ough yes­ter­day af­ter a 15-year strug­gle for jus­tice. The Unit Ci­ta­tion was awarded to ‘ D’ Com­pany in 2009 and should have been pre­sented by Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Quentin Bryce who had in­vited all Long Tan hon­ours re­cip­i­ents to Gov­ern­ment House last year.

Army chiefs de­railed the vice-re­gal plan and have in­sisted the ci­ta­tion be pre­sented to Delta Com­pany and 6RAR at the bat­tal­ion’s base at Enog­gera Bar­racks in Bris­bane to mark Long Tan Day on Au­gust 18 this year.

Mr Smith said the Chief of Army Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ke n Gille­spie couldn’t com­pre­hend that the Ci­ta­tion was awarded to Delta Com­pany as it was at Long Tan and not the en­tire bat­tal­ion.

Harry Smith

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