Australias Involvement during the Vietnam War

  • Vietnam War begins

  • Australia sends Advisers

    The Minister for Defence (Reginald Townley) announces intention to send 30 army advisers to South Vietnam (SVN).
  • Australia send Army training team to Vietnam

    The first members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) arrive in South Vietnam.
  • Miltary Advisers will be increased

    The Minister for Defence (Hon. Shane Partridge) announces the AATTV will be increased to 83 advisers with expanded role.
  • First Australian Dead

    Warrant Officer Class 2, Kevin Conway becomes the first Australian to die as a result of enemy action in South Vietnam
  • Army Strength upgraded with more people serving

    The Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Menzies) announces introduction of national service to increase the army’s strength from 22,750 to 37,500. Opposition to the war in Vietnam is not accepted as a reason for exemption.
  • Australia's Inforces Increased

    Australian Government approves increase of Australian forces to a battalion group, supported by an artillery, additional APCs, engineers, army helicopters, light aircraft and more logistic support.
  • Us ship bombed

    While US marine was performing a operation in the area of international water, the North Vietnamese boat attacked the marine. US air craft bombed on the boats. One US air craft was damaged and three torpedo north vietnamese boats were destroyed. In returns, Congress deployed the full-scale military to the Vietnam.The Gulf of Tonkin Incident occurred during the first year of the Johnson administration