Love and Regret sculpture

Love and Regret sculpture, Khoat Nguyen, public art, Marinko Tich Tomas memorial

Public Art : Love and Regret sculpture

Also Known As :  Thuong Tiec (Love and regret in Vietnamese) and  Marinko 'Tich' Tomas memorial

Sculptors: © Buu Trung Huynh and Van Khoat Nguyen

Description: The bronze statue depicts Tich sitting on a rock in full army attire, including a backpack and rifle resting across his lap as though taking a rest. Van Khoat Nguyen used a photo of Tich sent by his friends to created the statue.

Date Unveiled: The Love and Regret sculpture was unveiled on the 5th of March, 1988.

Location: The Marinko Tomas memorial is located along Vasse Highway in Marinko Tomas BiCentennial Park, Nannup, Western Australia.

Inscription: 

THUONG TIEC
Love & Regret
MARINKO ' TICH' TOMAS
born 6th January 1945
Gave his life for freedom in the fight against communism in the Vietnam War on 8th July 1966.
Presented by the Vietnamese community of Western Australia, the Republic of Vietnam Veterans Affairs Association of W.A. Nannup 5-3-1988

Sculptured by

Huynh Buu Trung - Nguyen Van Khoat

Marinko 'Tich' Tomas : Marinko "Tich" Tomas was born at Nannup, Western Australia on the 6th of January, 1945. Tomas was working as a sheep and dairy farmer when he was conscripted for National Service on the 30th June, 1965. The unusual nickname of 'Tich', was given to him by one of his father's mates who saw Marinko as wiser than his years. Tich being a shorter version of the  Croation word "Chicha" (meaning little old man). After completing his basic National Service training at Puckapunyal, Tich was posted to 9 Platoon Charlie Company 5 RAR and soon promoted to Lance Corporal.

On the 8th of July, 1966, whilst on a patrol on Nui Nghe Hill during Operation Sydney One, Tich was hit by shrapnel in the back by friendly mortar fire during a battle with the Viet Cong and killed. His death would mark the the first national serviceman from Western Australia to be killed in the Vietnam War.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Nannup when his body was brought home.

LEST WE FORGET

Things You May Not Know About Thuong Tiec:

Sculptor Van Khoat Nguyen was a Vietnamese refugee from South Vietnam.

The statue is part of the healing process of war. The Vietnamese believe the statue will protect the Shire of Nannup and the children who use the playground and also be the peace keeper for us all.

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