VALOUR IN WARZONE D

When ambushed in the Vietnamese jungle, a young soldier fought tooth and nail to save his comrades. AWM historian Michael Kelly talks to David Munday, the first Australian awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in Vietnam

’B’ COMPANY, 1/RAR, STEPS ASHORE FROM A US LANDING CRAFT AT VUNG TAU ON JUNE 8, 1965
(BRYAN DUNNE/AWM)

Lance Corporal Munday was just 21 years old when his rifle section was ambushed by Viet Cong guerrillas while on patrol in Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, in July 1965. Despite being grievously wounded in the initial exchange of fi e, his leadership and courage throughout the remainder of the contact would see him awarded the Military Medal.

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