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An outstanding Australian World War two Distinguished Conduct Medal group to a Warrant Officer of the 2/1 Battalion for charging Japanese machine nests and despite his wounds continued to rescue fellow soldiers.

a) Distinguished Conduct Medal, GeoVI (impressed)
b) 1939-45 Star (unnamed)
c) Pacific Star (impressed)
d) War Medal, 1939-45 (impressed)
e) Australian Service Medal, 1939-45 (impressed)

Footnote: The Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly impressed with the recipients service number, initials and surname. The DCM correctly impressed with the recipients service number, rank, initials surname and “AIF”. The 1939-45 Star is unnamed as the original one was lost by a family member. Together with a photograph of the recipient in the field and a copy of the DCM citation.

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Born in Broken Hill, NSW, on 12 July 1913. He was working as a labourer in Cloncurry, Queensland before he enlisted in the Citizens Military Forces at Rockhampton on 9 August 1941 to Queensland’s 42nd Infantry Battalion or “Capricornia Regiment”. After training at Chermside, he embarked for New Guinea in September 1941. He was promoted to Corporal, Acting Sergeant and Sergeant within 2 weeks! Whilst in the field, he enlisted in the second AIF in July 1942 and returned to Australia August 1942.

Posted to 49 Battalion and embarked from Cairns for New Guinea on 4 February 1943 but returned to Australia in March due to suffering from Psychoneurosis and admitted to hospital. During his time in hospital 49 Battalion were absorbed into the 16th Brigade and merged into the 2/1 Battalion.

Promoted to acting Warrant Officer class Two, then confirmed a Warrant Officer he attended instructional courses where his character was described as “good bearing, solid type”, “very good instructional ability with a good word of command”. He was recommended as being a suitable candidate for R.S.M.

He embarked with the 2/1 Battalion for New Guinea on December 1944. The 2/1 was to drive and clear the Japanese from the Aitape-Wewak region of New Guinea.

On 17 February 1945, a section was sent from Nambut Peak to patrol down an almost precipitous ridge. This ridge led along a saddle and up another ridge, all razor-backed, to a knoll. Endeavouring to get forward, the section came under intense automatic fire, from three light machine-guns, which killed two, and wounded four.

Three wounded were exposed to enemy fire, and incapable of movement. A force, commanded by The Warrant Officer, and including a Corporal’s section, sent to relieve the position, arrived at this stage. By skilful manoeuvre and supporting fire, this Warrant Officer and the Corporal brought out one of the wounded. Whilst giving them covering fire, another soldier was wounded.
The Warrant Officer and the Corporal returned again, and brought out this soldier, whilst the Japs fired at the least movement.

The width of the ridge prevented more than three men advancing at a time, and the precipitous sides precluded any out flanking movement. The Warrant Officer and Corporal and a Lance Corporal, then stormed their way upwards throwing grenades and firing their weapons. They killed eight Japs then, and drove off others. During this attack the Lance Corporal was killed and the Warrant Officer wounded. The Warrant Officer and Corporal still under fire, brought out the other two wounded and their weapons. The Company Commander then ordered the force to withdraw. The Warrant Officer and the Corporal were the last to withdraw. The position was later found to contain twenty-two weapons pits, and fourteen dead Japs.

Throughout the action, the Warrant Officer and the Corporal displayed soldierly skill and coolness, courage and determination far exceeding any call of duty. The Warrant Officer was awarded an immediate D.C.M. and the Corporal an immediate M.M.

Evacuated to hospital for treatment of his wounds and whilst there was promoted to Acting Warrant Officer Class One, later confirmed in September 1945. He rejoined the battalion in December and returned to Australia on New Years’ day 1946.

After his hard service spent in the jungle fighting of New Guinea, he was discharged on 17 January 1946.

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A Vietnam Pair to Des Long who was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1979

a) Air Force Cross (Replica)
b) Vietnam Medal (045768 LONG D.C.)
c) South Vietnam Medal 1964, 1 clasp, 1960- (045768 LONG D.C.)

Footnote: Crudely swing mounted for display. Together with RAAF pilot wings, RAAF cap badge, 9 Squadron badge and 10 Squadron badge. Also includes newspaper clipping of Des Long and some research.

Desmond Colin Long was born in Brisbane, QLD on 18 March 1945. He was appointed a Pilot Officer on 21 June 1968 in the Pilot Rotary Wing of the R.A.A.F.

He served in Vietnam from 20 August 1969 with 9 Squadron based at Vung Tau, flying helicopter missions in support 1ATF by transporting troops and resupplying units in the field with ammunition, water, and food.

In June 1970 Long was promoted to Flying Officer and returned home in August 1970.

Long again returned to Vietnam with 9 Squadron in January 1971 carring out a number of different types of missions: inserting and extracting Special Air Service patrols, evacuating wounded troops, spraying herbicides and pesticides, and dropping leaflets. 9 squadron supported every major operation conducted by the Australians, eventually flying 237,424 missions.

Long returned home in July 1971. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on December 1972.

In 1979 Long was awarded the Air Force Cross “For exceptional skill as a Chinook helicopter pilot”. (The exact nature of Long’s action that led to his award of the Air Force Cross are unknown to me at this time.)

He was also awarded the National Medal on 25 January 1982.
Desmond Long was promoted to Wing Commander on 1 January 1986 and was still serving in the R.A.A.F. in 1998 attaining the rank of Air Commodore.

Code: 50778Price: 1750.00 AUD

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