Roy Leonard (Zeke) MUNDINE OAM, MID

MUNDINE, Roy Leonard

Service Number: 2412426
Enlisted: 1 January 1958, c.1958
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 1
Last Unit: 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
Born: Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, 1 January 1939
Home Town: Auburn, Auburn, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
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Non Warlike Service

1 Jan 1958: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, c.1958

Malayan Emergency Service

1 Jan 1960: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)

Vietnam War Service

13 Apr 1966: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2412426, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
14 Apr 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2412426, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
28 Jan 1969: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 2412426, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
25 Apr 1969: Wounded Operation Surfside, M16 anti personnel landmine - partially severed lower right leg

Non Warlike Service

1 Jan 1994: Discharged Australian Army (Post WW2), Warrant Officer Class 1, c.1994

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Biography

"Corporal 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 position.

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." - 5th Battalion RAR Association Website (www.5rar.asn.au)

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