Mentioned In Dispatches
Corporal Douglas Melrose enlisted in the Australian Army on 30 April 1968 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He joined 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in February 1969 and arrived in South Vietnam for service with the battalion on 01 May 1971.

On 21 September 1971, while on operations in Phouc Tuy Province, Corporal Melrose’s platoon was engaged at close range by mortars of 33 rd North Vietnamese Army Regiment. Fifteen men, including the platoon commander and all non commissioned officers were wounded. Despite the pain of his wounds, Corporal Melrose engaged the enemy with a grenade launcher and so harassed the enemy that the platoon was able to reorganise.

Assuming command of the platoon, he arranged the evacuation of the more seriously wounded. Corporal Melrose then remained on duty for some days until evacuated because of the wounds that he had suffered in the action.

Corporal Melrose’s aggressiveness and steadfastness in a critical situation sustained the morale of the platoon and reflect great credit upon himself, his Regiment and the Australian Army.
Mentioned In Dispatches
shown on Vietnam Medal ribbon