C.1944. LIEUTENANT ALBERT CHOWNE VC MM, 2/2ND INFANTRY BATTALION. ON A NARROW RIDGE NEAR DAGUA, ...

Unit 2/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
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Accession Number 134484
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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C.1944. LIEUTENANT ALBERT CHOWNE VC MM, 2/2ND INFANTRY BATTALION. ON A NARROW RIDGE NEAR DAGUA, NEW GUINEA, 0N 1945-03-25 HE SHOWED SUPERB HEROISM WHEN ATTACKING A POSITION THAT WAS HOLDING UP FURTHER MOVEMENT TOWARDS WEWAK. SEEING THAT THE LEADING PLATOON WAS BEING MAULED BY CONCEALED ENEMY MACHINE GUNS, HE RUSHED FORWARD, KNOCKED OUT TWO LIGHT MACHINE GUNS WITH GRENADES AND, FIRING HIS SUB MACHINE GUN FROM THE HIP, CHARGED THE POSITION. THOUGH HE WAS TWICE SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN THE CHEST, THE IMPETUS OF HIS CHARGE CARRIED HIM 50 YARDS FORWARD UNDER THE MOST INTENSE FIRE AND HE ACCOUNTED FOR TWO MORE JAPANESE BEFORE HE WAS EVENTUALLY KILLED.