On April 1st 1968, the 1st Australian Field Hospital opened in Vung Tau, Vietnam, to care for the sick and injured during the Vietnam War.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh MP, said that during this 50th anniversary year of the end of Australia’s involvement in the War, it is important to remember the service and sacrifice of Australian medical staff.
“Fifty five years ago, the 1st Australian Field Hospital opened in Vietnam, expanding on the medical support which had been provided by the 2nd and then 8th Field Ambulances up until that time,” Minister Keogh said.
“The first four nurses posted to Vietnam in May 1967 became known as the ‘Fab Four’, making do serving in Field Ambulance units on the ground before the hospital was built.
“Once built, the hospital staff was made up of 125 personnel, providing care and comfort to Allied soldiers, enemy troops and civilians.
“Today we say thank you to all the men and woman who served, and saved lives, at the field hospital,” Minister Keogh said yesterday.
Learn more about the service of the Fab Four and the courage shown by service personnel by visiting the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal.