Private Wayne Robert Herbert MID.
accompanying the award of Mentioned in
Wayne Herbert enlisted in the Australian
Regular Army in November 1967 and was posted
to the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian
Regiment in May 1968. He arrived in South
Vietnam in February 1969 and served as a
Stretcher Bearer in C Company.
On the night of 4 July 1969, Private Herbert
was with 7 Platoon occupying an ambush
position. Enemy forces were known to be in
the area and contact was expected. An enemy
mine was exploded in the darkness causing 12
casualties, many of them very serious. Soon
afterwards a second mine was exploded
wounding all but four of the remaining
members of the platoon.
Private Herbert was severely wounded himself
causing the immediate loss of one eye.
Despite the fact that he could no longer
adequately see and was in great pain,
Private Herbert continued to move and feel
his way around to give treatment and comfort
to all his wounded comrades. By his own
efforts he undoubtedly saved several lives
while further risking his own.
When additional medical assistance could be
flown into the area some time later, the
relief medical non commissioned officer
reported that Private Herbert had completely
organised the casualties and professionally
carried out all the field treatment of the
18 wounded that could have been done.
By his remarkable display of courage Private
Herbert gained the admiration not only of
those he treated but of all ranks of his
Battalion. His actions reflect great credit
on himself and The Royal Australian