Jeremy Hepworth TAYLOR
Major Jeremy Taylor joined the Australian Army on 25 august 1965 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He joined 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in August 1970 and arrived in South Vietnam for service with the battalion on 01 May 1971 where he served as Officer Commanding Administrative Company, until 25 July 1971, when he became Officer Commanding D Company.
On 29 July 1971, in Phouc Tuy Province, his company was in heavy contact with elements of 1st battalion, 274 Regiment, who were entrenched in an extensive bunker system. During the fierce battle which developed, Major Taylor repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to co-ordinate the infantry and armoured attack against the bunker system. His personal valour and calmness under heavy rocket and automatic fire contributed significantly to the successful outcome of the battle.
Subsequently on 21 September 1971, in Phouc Tuy Province, Major Taylorís company attacked elements of 33rd North Vietnamese Army Regiment who were occupying a well developed bunker system. During the battle which lasted for fourteen hours, Major Taylor worked tirelessly without rest, to co-ordinate air and artillery support and then once again lead his company in attack. As last light approached, the company was forced to break contact and as they were commencing to occupy a defensive position, they were attacked by an aggressive and strong enemy force. Under cover of darkness the enemy surrounded the company and engaged them with intense rocket and automatic weapons fire. Major Taylor retaliated with close artillery missions causing the enemy to withdraw.
At all times throughout these battles, Major Taylor was in complete control of the situation. His professional competence, personal bravery and sound tactics undoubtedly saved his company from heavier casualties on both occasions and reflect great credit upon himself, his Regiment and the Australian Army.