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Ray Simpson : 25-January-2011
Ray Simpson : 25-January-2011

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans

A park commemorates Ray Simpson who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during the Vietnam War.

When one of his platoons became heavily engaged with the enemy Simpson led the remainder of his company to its assistance. As the company moved forward, one of the platoon commanders, Australian Warrant Officer M.W. Gill, was seriously wounded and the assault began to falter. Simpson, in the face of heavy enemy fire, moved across open ground and carried Gill to safety.

He returned to his company then crawled forward to within ten metres of the enemy. From here he lobbed grenades into their positions. Simpson then ordered his company to withdraw and he and five indigenous soldiers covered the withdrawal. At first light the next day artillery pounded the enemy positions and the battalion moved forward again to find the bunkers unoccupied.

The battalion probed ahead with Warrant Officer A.M. Kelly leading the 231st Company. In the first burst of fire from the next contact, Kelly was wounded and the battalion commander, Captain Green of the American Special Forces, was killed when he went to assist Kelly. Simpson quickly organized two platoons of soldiers and several advisers and led them to the location of the contact.

Despite the fact that most of his soldiers had fled, Simpson moved forward through withering machine-gun fire in order to cover the initial evacuation of the casualties. The wounded, including Kelly, were evacuated but Simpson was unable to reach Green`s body because of the heavy accurate enemy fire. He then covered the evacuation of the wounded to the helicopter pad by placing himself between them and the enemy.


Address:Treloar Crescent, Canberra Remembrance Park, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.30
Long: 149.15
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:03-August-1962
Actual Event End Date:01-January-1973


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:December-2005
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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