Maxwell Powell (Max) HANLEY MM


HANLEY, Maxwell Powell

Service Number: 43593
Enlisted: 8 July 1955, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Last Unit: Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 6 December 1935
Home Town: Morphettville, Marion, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Technical High School, South Australia
Occupation: Postal Worker
Died: Killed in Action (enemy grenade), Ha Thanh, Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 20 February 1967, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
The remains of WO2 Hanley 43593 were repatriated to Australia in June 2016 from Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca, Malaysia (Church of England – Plot X Row C Grave 15), Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide South East Asian Conflicts Memorial, Adelaide Vietnam War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Morphett Vale Eternal Flame Memorial Garden and Walkway, Pooraka War Memorial
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Non Warlike Service

8 Jul 1955: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Vietnam War Service

5 Dec 1966: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), HMAS Sydney
6 Dec 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Warrant Officer Class 2, SN 43593, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV), Australian Army Training Team Operations - Vietnam
6 Dec 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Warrant Officer Class 2, SN 43593
Date unknown: Involvement SN 43593

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"Lance Corporal (later Corporal) Maxwell Powell (Max) Hanley, aged 22, of Morphettville, SA, Assault Pioneer Platoon, Support Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). On the night of 27 July 1958, LCpl Hanley was the leader of a three man group who successfully ambushed a group of four Communist terrorists (CTs) who were attempting to pick up food supplies from a shed on a rubber plantation. In the ensuing action, three CTs were killed and a fourth escaped in what was to be known as the Mangling mill ambush. No Australians were wounded. LCpl Hanley was later awarded the Military Medal which was gazetted on 14 May 1959."SOURCE (