Private John Douglas Campbell Burridge MG.
accompanying the award of the Medal for
John Burridge commenced his National Service
obligation on 1 May 1968 and after recruit
training was posted to 5th Battalion, The
Royal Australian Regiment on 9 July 1968. He
arrived in South Vietnam on 15 February 1969
as a machine gunner in 11 Platoon.
On 4 April 1969, while on Operation
Overlander, 11 Platoon came under heavy
enemy machine gun and rocket fire from a
bunker position at a range of 20 metres. Two
members of Private Burridge's section were
killed and the Section Commander wounded.
Private Burridge moved forward, on his own
initiative, to a position 15 metres from the
enemy and commenced engaging the bunkers. He
maintained his position for over an hour and
effectively prevented the enemy from moving
to other bunkers on the flanks of the
platoon. His actions drew most of the enemy
rocket fire onto his position and as a
result he was wounded in both legs.
Despite his wounds and further enemy
engagement of his position. Private Burridge
continued to fire on the bunkers and
restrict the effectiveness of the enemy fire
until the remainder of the platoon could
move to new positions.
His courage and his complete disregard for
his own safety were major factors in
preventing further casualties to the platoon
and his conduct was an inspiration to all.