31 May 2010

Australia honours NZer for Vietnam war gallantry

8:44 am on 31 May 2010

A New Zealand man has received an Australian award for bravery during the Vietnam War.

At a service in Auckland on Saturday, Morrie Stanley, a retired lieutenant-colonel, was awarded an Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry for his actions during the battle of Long Tan in August 1966.

An Australian troop contingent of just 105 men faced a North Vietnamese force of 2500 in the battle.

Mr Stanley, who was a member of the Royal New Zealand Artillery attached to an Australian unit, directed artillery fire down onto enemy positions.

Veterans Affairs Minister Judith Collins says Mr Stanley's courage probably saved the lives of many of the Australian soldiers he served with.