Love and Regret sculpture
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.
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
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
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Nannup when his body was brought home.
LEST WE FORGET
Things You May Not Know About Thuong
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.