Private Peter Fraser MM.
accompanying the award of the Military Medal
October 1966 during Operation Queanbeyan in
Phuoc Tuy Province South Vietnam, the
Anti-Tank Platoon of 5th Battalion The Royal
Australian Regiment was directed to clear by
a Viet Cong ambush. During the clearing a
Section Commander was mortally wounded by a
sniper and fell in an exposed position.
Heavy enemy fire prevented movement of any
members of the section. Private Fraser, the
stretcher bearer attached to the Anti-Tank
Platoon was told by the Platoon Commander
not to go forward to the casualty until the
area had been cleared.
Private Fraser however crawled forward under
fire, reached the casualty and dressed the
wound. Whilst Private Fraser was with the
casualty, a sniper concentrated his fire on
Private Fraser and with the fire falling
only inches from him, Private Fraser
continued to assist the casualty. The
Platoon Commander then arranged for covering
fire to he given by the remainder of the
platoon at which time Private Fraser turned
his back on the enemy fire to shield the
casualty from fire and assisted a carrying
party to evacuate the casualty.
During the extraction of the casualty
Private Fraser showed complete disregard for
his own safety in an effort to give maximum
attention to the care of the casualty.