Corporal Roy Leonard Mundine MID.
accompanying the award of Mentioned in
Roy Mundine enlisted in the Australian
Regular Army on 13 April 1966 and after
allocation to 5th Battalion, The Royal
Australian Regiment, served in South Vietnam
in 1966/67. He returned for a second
operational tour to South Vietnam with the
5th Battalion On 28 January 1969.
On 25 April 1969, during Operation Surfside
in Phuoc Tuy Province, Corporal Mundine was
the leading Section Commander 'with 1
Platoon, A Company. On approaching a
suspected enemy area, Corporal Mundine
deployed his section on the ground and moved
forward alone to reconnoitre the enemy
He sighted enemy bunkers and was about to
signal further instructions when he
detonated a mine which severed his lower
right leg and caused severe wounds to his
back and his other leg. Members of his
section started to move forward to his
assistance into what was later shown to be
an enemy minefield.
Corporal Mundine, although in considerable
pain, ordered his section to stay out of the
area and directed them to new fire positions
after giving full details of the enemy
bunker system. For over forty minutes he
continued to give instructions to his
section and refused to allow any members of
the platoon to move near him until engineers
had cleared path through the minefield.
This occasion was typical of the outstanding
leadership and complete disregard for his
own safety that Corporal Mundine has shown
through three months of operational service.