member of the patrol and seriously wounding the patrol commander. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, and displaying a devotion to duty and enthusiasm beyond that normally required, Private Kent charged the enemy group firing his Bren and inflicting certain casualties of at least two killed and two wounded. Private Kent continued to engage the enemy until a lack of ammunition forced him to withdraw. While reloading his weapon he received multiple wounds from grenade and small arms fire. Private Kent's action disorganised and demoralised the enemy soldiers, forcing them to withdraw so that they could be subsequently dealt with by artillery directed by the patrol. Such action was typical of Private Kent's conduct as a soldier. The calm courage, initiative, determination and devotion to duty and the placing of his safety second to that of other members were an inspiration to all.
McAULIFFE, James Michael, Private (3/2491),
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1953
Private McAuliffe was a section Bren gunner while the unit was holding The Hook sector. He had served one tour of twelve months in Korea with 3 RAR, and had volunteered for a second tour with 2 RAR. His ability as a soldier and a Bren gunner had earned Private McAuliffe the admiration of his comrades and the respect of his officers. On the night of 23/24 July, Private McAuliffe was a member of a standing patrol which moved onto Green Finger, the feature which covered one of the main approaches to The Hook position. On each night the patrol was engaged by an unknown number of enemy and the patrols suffered casualties. On the night of 23/24 July, the enemy withdrew after a brief firefight and brought down heavy mortar and artillery fire which wounded five members of the patrol, forcing the patrol to pull back. While the patrol leader organised the evacuation of the casualties, Private McAuliffe commanded the remainder of the patrol. This he did coolly and efficiently, passing back information and directing supporting fire over the patrol wireless, which he had not previously handled on patrol. Later in the night when the enemy shelling had eased, the patrol leader ordered the patrol to move to its original position. During this move Private McAuliffe manned the wireless and continued to pass information calmly and efficiently until he was seriously wounded and had to be evacuated. His actions on this occasion were typical of his devotion to duty and his calm efficiency in the face of the enemy and provided an outstanding example to the remainder of his company.
McCARTHY, David, Lance Corporal (2/400645 ),
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952
During the night of 13/14 September 1952, Lance Corporal McCarthy commanded a section of a fighting patrol from C Company, 1 RAR. At 11.50 p.m. on 13 September 1952, the leading element of the patrol encountered two parties of enemy, totalling twenty in all, positioned along a small ridge near the bank of a