Private Peter John Waite MID.
accompanying the award of Mentioned in
Peter Waite commenced his National Service
obligation in February 1968. He was posted
to 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian
Regiment in June 1968. He arrived in South
Vietnam in February 1969 as a Stretcher
Bearer with B Company.
On 15 August 1969, Private Waite was with 4
Platoon when enemy were contacted in
bunkers. The initial rocket fire hit and
seriously wounded the leading scout and
Section Commander. The enemy continued to
engage the area of the wounded with heavy
machine gun fire and rocket fire. Seeing the
distress of the wounded members of his
platoon, Private Waite, with complete
disregard for his own safety, ran forward to
render first aid. He was wounded by enemy
fire soon after he moved, but despite this,
Private Waite continued crawling forward
until he reached the wounded members.
Although the wounds received by the Section
Commander showed death could be imminent,
Private Waite continued giving treatment,
under heavy fire, saving the wounded
His actions displayed great personal courage
and were a source of inspiration to all
ranks of the platoon.