Major Murray Phillip Blake MC.
accompanying the award of the Military Cross
Murray Phillip Blake, of Wembley Downs, WA,
formerly a company commander with 5RAR, now
GSO2 HQ 2TF, graduated from Royal Military
College, Duntroon in 1960.
During service in South Vietnam he commanded
D Company 5RAR with distinction and
outstanding success. His aggressive
leadership, personal courage and skilful
handling of his company resulted in the
capture and destruction of over 2,000 enemy
bunkers, the capture of large quantities of
weapons and supplies and the outstanding
figure of 124 enemy killed.
In January and February 1970 when Major
Blake¹s company was operating at only half
strength, he refused all advice to leave his
troops on their final operation although in
severe pain from an illness as a result of
which he has since been hospitalised. For
six weeks he led his small company in a most
aggressive search for the enemy. His
frequent successes not only resulted in
killing 24 enemy without loss to his force,
but were an inspiration to all in the
Battalion. During this period his personal
courage under fire was directly responsible
for two significant successes. In one of
them, in which he was wounded, the CO of the
enemy force battalion was killed.