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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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1964 Viet Cong attack Special Forces at Nam Dong

At Nam Dong in the northern highlands of South Vietnam, an estimated 500-man Viet Cong battalion attacks an American Special Forces outpost. During a bitter battle, Capt. Roger C. Donlon, commander of the Special Forces A-Team, rallied his troops, treated the wounded, and directed defences although he himself was wounded several times. After five hours of fighting, the Viet Cong withdrew. The battle resulted in an estimated 40 Viet Cong killed; two Americans, 1 Australian military adviser, and 57 South Vietnamese defenders also lost their lives. At a White House ceremony in December 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson presented Captain Donlon with the first Medal of Honour of the Vietnam War.

I read this today and thought that it may be of some interest? For me, I found it interesting to note that the first Medal of Honour was awarded and also that an Australian military adviser was a casualty. I have to say, I didn’t know that Australia's involvement was that early!
 
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Rumrunner said:
1964 Viet Cong attack Special Forces at Nam Dong

At Nam Dong in the northern highlands of South Vietnam, an estimated 500-man Viet Cong battalion attacks an American Special Forces outpost. During a bitter battle, Capt. Roger C. Donlon, commander of the Special Forces A-Team, rallied his troops, treated the wounded, and directed defences although he himself was wounded several times. After five hours of fighting, the Viet Cong withdrew. The battle resulted in an estimated 40 Viet Cong killed; two Americans, 1 Australian military adviser, and 57 South Vietnamese defenders also lost their lives. At a White House ceremony in December 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson presented Captain Donlon with the first Medal of Honour of the Vietnam War.

I read this today and thought that it may be of some interest? For me, I found it interesting to note that the first Medal of Honour was awarded and also that an Australian military adviser was a casualty. I have to say, I didn’t know that Australia's involvement was that early!
The Aussies supplied training teams and advisors at this time, receiving the clasp 'South Vietnam' on the GSM. The Vietnam service medal was introduced later when Australian and NZ forces were committed in unit form. :wink:
 

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