Major Murray Phillip Blake MID.
accompanying the award of Mentioned in
Murray Phillip Blake graduated from The
Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1960.
He was posted to 5th Battalion, The Royal
Australian Regiment, in June 1968 as Officer
Commanding D Company. Major Blake has
commanded D Company with outstanding success
throughout his tour of operations.
displaying at all times a disregard for his
own safety and professional ability of the
highest order. Under his skilful handling
and personal leadership, D Company has
killed 104 enemy in numerous close contacts.
During April 1969, D Company located a
senior enemy headquarters which had been
unsuccessfully sought by allied forces for
eight months. D Company came under heavy and
accurate rocket and machine gun fire from a
resolute enemy force entrenched in bunkers.
In a widespread and bitter action lasting
almost two days. Major Blake directed his
company in a manner that was a source of
inspiration to all his men and resulted in
the capture of the enemy headquarters and
much of their equipment. During this action,
Major Blake, in efforts to ascertain more
accurate information of the enemy positions,
became personally involved in close quarter
fighting with enemy in bunkers.
In June 1969, after an enemy Battalion had
occupied the village of Binh Ba, Major Blake
commanded D Company which was involved with
other supporting arms in counter attacking
the enemy. Over a period of two days, so
skilful and determined was his leadership
and the handling of his platoons. that the
enemy suffered a major defeat in which over
100 were killed and large quantities of
weapons and equipment captured for the loss
of only one member of D Company killed in
Major Blake has continued to seek out and
destroy the enemy on every occasion. His
actions reflect great credit on himself, The
Royal Australian Regiment and the Australian