IV
Daryl Kenneth JENKIN
4410534
Sergeant
Mentioned In Dispatches
Sergeant Daryl Jenkin enlisted in the Australian Army on 18 February 1963 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He joined 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in March 1970 and arrived in South Vietnam for service with the battalion on 01 May 1971.

On 21 September 1971 in Phouc Tuy Province, Sergeant Jenkinís platoon made many contacts with the 33rd North Vietnamese Army Regiment. During these fire fights, Sergeant Jenkin was continually to the forefront encouraging members of the platoon. At 1600 hours his company attacked a heavily fortified bunker system with Sergeant Jenkinís platoon as the right assault platoon. The platoon made further heavy contact with the enemy and almost immediately lost three of its members. The intense enemy fire and the difficult terrain resulted in the platoon being split. Sergeant Jenkin rapidly appreciated the gravity of the situation and ignoring the fact that he was wounded himself, he quickly organised that part of the platoon in his immediate vicinity to provide fire support for the remainder.

When ordered to withdraw, Sergeant Jenkin did so skilfully, although still under intense fire. Only when he was satisfied that all members of his group were safe did he himself withdraw. He was later ordered to leave his platoon for medical evacuation.

Sergeant Jenkinís courage, professionalism, loyalty and outstanding devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, his Regiment and the Australian Army.

(Note: Sergeant Jenkin actually joined the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in 1965 and served  all three operational tours in Borneo and South Vietnam with 11 Platoon, D Company, rising from Private to Sergeant. His brother and cousin also served with the Battalion.) 
Mentioned In Dispatches
shown on Vietnam Medal ribbon
DUTY  FIRST