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Azac Day 2013

As the War Memorial prepares to add the names of people killed in peacekeeping operations to the roll of honour on the wall, there arises the curious case of Private Dal Abbott, who was killed in Battle of Fire Support Base Coral in 1968. His parents, who are now dead, asked that his name not be added to the wall, as they were vehemently opposed to the war in Vietnam.

The War Memorial did not ask them for permission, but received this request when it wrote to relatives of those killed in Vietnam to confirm their personal details were correct. Now his mates want his name on the wall.

Like most Australian war dead, he was buried overseas. The practice of repatriation of remains, an idea from America, began after the war in Vietnam.

Push to add soldier to honour roll despite 'objections'

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