Veterans remember battle at reunion
Monday, 17th May, 2010
Hundreds of Vietnam Veterans marched through the city streets on Saturday afternoon for the “Coral in the Hill” reunion. A small number of onlookers clapped andcheered as the men made their way to a memorial service at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Argent Street.
The Battle of Fire Support Base Coral is well known in military circles as the biggest and bloodiest battle fought by Australians in Vietnam. Over 26 days the ill-prepared Australian base withstood two major assaults and continued sniper fire, as well as over 50 jungle skirmishes. The march and reunion is usually celebratedannually in big cities but was brought to Broken Hill by local RSL president Des Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy served in 5 platoon B company 1RAR at Coral attends the reunions and has been working for five years to get the event to Broken Hill. “I wanted to bring it out here, it’s a lot of people. I think it’ll be a one off, getting it here, but it’ll be a good one.” Those involved in the Coral incident, which is the subject of a documentary, have been attending reunions for more than 30 years.
On Saturday night the group attended a civic reception at the Entertainment Centre and today The weekend long reunion will wrap up today at the Broken Hill Bowling Club.