Noel George COSTIGAN MM, MiD

COSTIGAN, Noel George

Service Numbers: Q130906, QX61408, QP30007, 1400070
Enlisted: 17 May 1944
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)
Born: Walkerston, Queensland, 3 January 1924
Home Town: Walkerston, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Natural causes, Walkerston, Queensland, 1 January 1998, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Walkerston Cemetery, Qld
Memorials: St. Patricks School WW2
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World War 2 Service

17 May 1944: Involvement Corporal, SN Q130906, 42nd Infantry Battalion AMF
17 May 1944: Involvement Corporal, SN QX61408, 42nd Infantry Battalion AMF
17 May 1944: Involvement Corporal, SN QP30007
17 May 1944: Enlisted
10 Jul 1945: Honoured Military Medal, for Bravery in Action in the South West Pacific Area
21 Aug 1947: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN QX61408, 42nd Infantry Battalion AMF

Korean War Service

20 Dec 1950: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN 1400070, Advanced HQ, British Commonwealth Forces, Korea
17 Feb 1951: Involvement Royal Australian Infantry Corps, Corporal, SN 1400070, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)

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Biography contributed by Graham Kevin Jackson

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned Award for Bravery in Action in the SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA.

AWARD OF THE MILITARY MEDAL

"On the 10th July 1945, Corporal COSTIGAN was in command of a security patrol of 4 men operating SOUTH OF THE BUIN ROAD WEST of the MIVO RIVER. The patrol was attacked by six enemy and 2 men were seriously wounded. Corporal COSTIGAN sent the reminaing man to his company for assistance, and single handed stood over the wounded men, and engaged, killing 2 and holding off the enemy until a fighting patrol arrived. Corporal COSTIGAN then joined the fighting patrol, and moved after the enemy. Corporal COSTIGAN's coolness and disregard of his personel safety undoubtedly saved the lives of his men. On the 31st July Corporal COSTIGAN led his section as part of a fighting patrol moving SOUTH of the BUIN ROAD near the MIVON RIVER. The leading section made contact with an enemy party strongly entrenched. Intense fire prevented further advance by the leading section. Corporal COSTIGAN was ordered to attack on the left flank. When within 20 yards of the position, heavy fire halted the advance, and one man was wounded and lay exposed to enemy fire. Corporal COSTIGAN disposed his section to give covering fire, and crawled forward, and dragged the wounded man behind cover. He then led his section further to the left and attacked, killing 5 more enemy and wounding 3 of the remainder who fled from the position. During operations, Corporal COSTIGAN has displayed great personal courage and outstanding leadership, and at times, when in contact with the enemy, his fearlessness and determination and skillful handling of his section resulted in a series of successful actions."

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