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Pembroke's platoon occupied Point 176223, it was subjected to continuous heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire as well as repeated counter-attacks by the enemy. Due to the platoon commander's cool and clever planning, the enemy was repulsed each time leaving dead and wounded behind. Throughout the day, Lieutenant Pembroke, without regard for his own safety, moved from section to section encouraging his men and inspiring confidence. Lieutenant Pembroke's platoon was responsible for killing nineteen enemy soldiers, wounding at least thirty and capturing seven. During this action and all actions that followed, Lieutenant Pembroke, through his many acts of bravery and coolness under fire, inspired confidence in his men. At no time did he consider his own safety before that of his men.

RICHARDSON, Rupert Peter, Captain (20941),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952

Captain Richardson commanded B Company, 3 RAR, from May to October 1952. During this time, through personal example and outstanding leadership, he developed his company into an efficient and aggressive fighting force second to none in the battalion. The calibre of Captain Richardson's leadership and the high quality of his company were ably demonstrated on the night of 13/14 August 1952 when, under his command, B Company successfully raided the enemy-held feature Point 75. The preparations for the attack, the conduct of the assault and the withdrawal to friendly lines were an outstanding example of the pattern a company raid should follow and were largely a product of Captain Richardson's leadership, determination and personal example throughout the whole operation.

SHELTON, Jeffrey James, Captain (3/395),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1951

During the twelve-month period from May 1951 until May 1952, Captain Shelton commanded A Company, 3 RAR. Under his very capable leadership, the company fought extremely well and was very successful. During the operations against Point 317 in October 1951, A Company attacked an enemy company strongly entrenched in a series of features commanding one of the two approaches to Point 317. Captain Shelton fought his company through heavy small arms, mortar and artillery fire with great courage and ability and cleared each feature in turn. The company suffered twenty killed and wounded but inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy including a confirmed twenty-five dead, also taking two prisoners. Through this action A Company prevented the enemy company reinforcing or engaging the main thrust against Point 317 on the northern axis. Later in the operation, when heavy casualties were being suffered by the battalion, Captain Shelton led his men through heavy shelling, carrying out wounded and bringing forward ammunition. In all subsequent actions by the battalion, Captain Shelton maintained the same high standard. A courageous and able company commander, Captain Shelton's personal example and sound tactics ensured that his company played an important part in the success of this battalion.


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