Michael John O'SULLIVAN
Corporal Michael O’Sullivan enlisted in the Australian Army on 28 May 1968 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. He joined 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in September 1970 and arrived in South Vietnam with the battalion on 22 may 1971.
On 30 July 1971, in Phouc Tuy Province, 10 Platoon, D Company, was in contact with elements of 1st battalion, 274 Regiment , who were entrenched in a bunker system. The platoon suffered a number of casualties and Corporal O’Sullivan moved forward under intense rocket and automatic weapons fire to render aid to the wounded.
Upon reaching the forward section which was pinned down, Corporal O’Sullivan calmly and courageously cared for the wounded, ignoring the fact that he was continually exposed to direct enemy fire which killed a soldier assisting him. Corporal O’Sullivan continued to give aid to the wounded until he could move them to a place of safety.
Corporal O’Sullivan’s actions in giving aid to the wounded in such a tenuous position, his steadfastness in battle, professionalism and outstanding devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, his Corps and the Australian army.
Royal Australian Army Medical Corps