• Short Summary

    A 43-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN WARRANT OFFICER, RAYENE STEWART SIMPSON, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR OUTSTANDING HEROISM ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS WHILE IN ACTION AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN VIETNAM.

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    A 43-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN WARRANT OFFICER, RAYENE STEWART SIMPSON, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR OUTSTANDING HEROISM ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS WHILE IN ACTION AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN VIETNAM.

    WARRANT OFFICER SIMPSON WON HIS AWARD BETWEEN MAY 6 AND MAY 11 THIS YEAR FOR RESCUING WOUNDED COMRADES WHILE UNDER HEAVY CROSSFIRE FORM THE ENTRY.

    WARRANT OFFICER SIMPSON, FROM SYDNEY, IS ATTACHED TO THE AMERICAN SPECIAL FORCES AND IS ON HIS THIRD TOUR OF ACTIVE DUTY IN VIETNAM. HE IS THE FIRST LIVING COMMONWEALTH SOLDIER TO RECEIVE THE VICTORIA CROSS - THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR MILITARY VALOUR - WHILE FIGHTING IN VIETNAM.

    THE 600-WORD CITATION DESCRIBES HOW SEVERAL TIMES W.O. SIMPSON RISKED ALMOST CERTAIN DEATH WHILE RESCUING WOUNDED DURING HEAVY FIGHTING IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S CENTRAL HIGHLANDS. AT ONE STAGE, AFTER PULLING A BADLY WOUNDED WARRANT OFFICER TO SAFETY IN FACE OF FIERCE MACHINE GUN FIRE, HE CRAWLED BACK TO WITHIN 10 YARDS OF THE ENEMY MACHINE GUN POSITION AND HURLED GRENADES.

    W.O. SIMPSON, WHO HAS A JAPANESE WIFE IN TOKYO, IS A VETERAN OF THE 1939-45 WAR, KOREA, THE MALAYIAN EMERGENCY AND NOW VIETNAM.

    DURING THIS PERIOD HE ACTUALLY LEFT THE ARMY ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS, ONLY TO RETURN AFTER BEING WHAT HE DESCRIBES AS " A COMPLETE WASHOUT IN CIVVY STREET".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9VCC0FD5EFVI48OLUBY6O0ECH
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VCC0FD5EFVI48OLUBY6O0ECH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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