Former platoon commander at the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam, Dave Sabben, will talk about his encounters on the frontline on February 6 at Murwillumbah Services Club.
Former platoon commander at the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam, Dave Sabben, will talk about his encounters on the frontline on February 6 at Murwillumbah Services Club. Jason Sammon

Vietnam Vets reunite to host talk on Battle of Long Tan

A TRIO of Vietnam War veterans who all fought in the Battle of Long Tan will regroup at Murwillumbah Services Club next Thursday, February 6, to raise funds for Legacy Australia.

Platoon commander and novelist Dave Sabben will talk about his experience at the frontline, joined by M60 gunner and Murwillumbah Legacy chairman Ian Campbell and Stokers Siding helicopter pilot Kevin Sharpley.

Mr Sabben has featured in documentaries on the Battle of Long Tan and was awarded a rare and prestigious Medal for Gallantry in 2008.

Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch honourary secretary Kevin Cheetham said the presentation, which starts at 2pm, would be an intriguing occasion.

"Here we've got three guys who were actively involved in the Battle of Long Tan," he said.

"Ian Campbell was actually an M60 machine gunner in the same company as Dave ... while Kevin Sharpley was a helicopter pilot involved in evacuating casualties after the battle."

Mr Cheetham said he was unsure how many people will attend the open invitation presentation, but he expects a strong turnout.

"Dave's written two books and been in some documentaries; he's done a lot of research and it's great what he's done," he said.

"Not only will people learn more about the war and the Battle of Long Tan, but it's making people aware of the work that Legacy does in the community.

"Also, gold coin donations on the day will go to Murwillumbah and Kingscliff Legacy."

The Battle of Long Tan, beginning August 18, 1966, took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Kingscliff and Pottsville RSL Sub Branches and Kingscliff Legacy division have been invited to attend the event, which is hosted by the Murwillumbah RSL Sub branch.

Mr Cheetham asks those interested in attending the presentation to RSVP by calling 02 6672 1388.



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