Time Line of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War With Wikipedia Links
  • 29 April—The Prime Minister announces the dispatch of an infantry battalion to South Vietnam, with an armoured personnel carrier (APC) troop, a signals troop and a logistic support company.
  • 27 May—The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment leaves for Vietnam on HMAS //Sydney//.
  • 8 June—HMAS Sydney arrives at Vũng Tàu, South Vietnam, carrying the bulk of the Australian force.
  • 8 November—1RAR fights one of the first set-piece engagements of the war between Australian forces and the Vietcong at the Battle of Gang Toi. Two servicemen, Private Richard Parker and Private Peter Gillson, are posted missing believed killed during the fighting. Their bodies are recovered more than forty years later, and returned to Australia for burial.
  • 13 November—Warrant Officer Class Two Kevin Arthur Wheatley dies while defending a wounded comrade. He is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry.
  • 7 April—Major Peter Badcoe dies leading his company against more powerful opposition. He is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, conspicuous gallantry and leadership on more than one occasion.
  • 6 August—A Company, 7RAR was involved in heavy fighting in the eastern Hat Dich area during the Battle of Suoi Chau Pha. Australian casualties were heavy with five killed, one died of wounds and 19 wounded. A sweep of the area resulted in the recovery of only five dead Viet Cong, however drag marks and extensive blood trails indicated that they had suffered heavily, with perhaps another 33 killed or wounded in the contatct, while a further 200 casualties were estimated from artillery and mortar fire, as well as a number of airstrikes.[90[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia_during_the_Vietnam_War#cite_note-89|]]]