ABC News, 25 May 2015. Remains of Australian soldiers killed in Vietnam to be brought back to home soil.
An edited extract of the original article appears below.
…About 60,000 Australians fought in Vietnam and 521 were killed. Those who died before 1966 were buried overseas.
The remains of 25 Australian soldiers are still overseas – one soldier lies in the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore and the other 24 are buried in the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia.
Australia had been working to reach an agreement with Malaysia for years with the help of the RSL, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and the Vietnam Veterans Federation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the decision would ensure all Australians who died in the Vietnam war receive equal treatment.
“It’s a policy worthy of a country that honours all who wear our uniform and who serve in our name,” he said…
Senator Michael Ronaldson, the Minister for Veteran Affairs, said the Federal Government would “now right a wrong” and pay for the remains of soldiers buried in Malaysia to come home with full military honours.
The Prime Minister said some families may choose to leave their loved ones where they now lie…
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