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Battle of Long Tan: Video - Military Cross Presentation

Military Cross Presentation [AWM F03833 Film courtesy of the Australian War Memorial] silent, 15.3 MB

Gallantry awards, including a Military Cross, a Distinguished Service Medal, three Military Medals and six Mentions in Despatches were presented to 11 Australian soldiers in a ceremony at Nui Dat, South Vietnam, in January 1967. Among them were nine officers and men of Delta Company 6RAR receiving recognition for their bravery at Long Tan in August 1966.

The former Australian Task Force Commander, Brigadier Oliver Jackson, accompanied by his successor, Brigadier Stewart Graham, presented the awards. Also present was the Task Force's senior RAAF officer, Group Captain Peter Raw. Major Harry Smith, CO of Delta Company, received the Military Cross for his 'leadership, calmness and determination and disregard for personal safety' which inspired his soldiers to fend off much larger enemy forces.

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