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Kevin Wheatley VC Memorial

A new secular memorial, unveiled 13th November 2013, in Mawson Park, Campbelltown, NSW. The plaque reads:


THE VICTORIA CROSS
WHEATLEY

Warrant Officer Class II Kevin Arthur

Australian Army Training Team Vietnam 13th November 1965, at Tra Bong Valley, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. (Posthumous Award).

CITATION:
Warrant Officer Wheatley enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1956. He served in Malaya with 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment from 1957 to 1959 and then with 2nd and 1st Batallions of the Regiment until 1965 when he was posted to the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam.

His posting in this area has been distinguished by meritorious and gallant service. Warrant Officer Wheatley displayed magnificent courage in the face of an overwhelming Viet Cong force which was later estimated at more than a company. He had the clear choice of abandoning a wounded comrade and saving himself by escaping or of staying with Warrant Officer Swanton and thereby facing certain death. He deliberately chose the latter course.

His acts of heroism , determination and unflinching loyalty in the face of the enamy will always stand as examples of the true meaning of valour.

(From the citation printed in the London Gazette: 13th December 1966).


Widefield view of this memorial. Macarthur Chronicle report of unveiling this memorial. Wikipedia Kevin Wheatley VC page.


My Memorials images. My Campbelltown City images.


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