Vietnam veteran Harry Smith casts his eye over a framed photo and shrapnel held by federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and formally presented by Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen MP at the Hervey Bay RSL.
Vietnam veteran Harry Smith casts his eye over a framed photo and shrapnel held by federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and formally presented by Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen MP at the Hervey Bay RSL. Robyne Cuerel

Vietnam vet presented framed photo and shrapnel

VIETNAM veteran and Star of Gallantry recipient Harry Smith received a nostalgic gift at the Hervey Bay RSL as the nation marks Vietnam Veterans' Day.

The retired Commander of D Company 6RAR, who fought in the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam on August 18, 1966, received a framed photo of the Battle of Long Tan memorial in Vietnam together with shrapnel that was left on the battlefield.

The gift from Glen Nolan, who takes tourists to visit Vietnam battlegrounds and found the shrapnel, was formally presented by Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen.

Prior to the presentation, more than 100 people including Mayor Gerard O'Connell gathered at Freedom Park to pay their respects those who fought in the Vietnam War.