Malcolm Roy Smith
Recce Flt 08 Apr 69 - 09 Apr 70
Malcolm Roy Smith was enlisted in the Regular Army Supplement on 26 July 1966,
and graduated from Officer Training Unit, Scheyville, in December 1966. On 9
April 1969, he joined 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight as a pilot in
On 28 February 1970, Second Lieutenant Smith was flying a
Sioux helicopter on a reconnaissance mission in support of 8th Battalion, The
Royal Australian Regiment, over the Long Hai Hills, Phuoc Tuy Province. He was
redirected during this mission to the area of a mine explosion where a platoon
of the Battalion had suffered twenty-four causalities.
Second Lieutenant Smith arrived over the area and, despite
the risk of further mine explosions, hovered touching a rock in the centre of
the platoon area to off load his passenger, an Engineering Officer.
Flying four separate missions, he flew into the area a
medical orderly, a doctor and two field engineers. He back-loaded on each of
these missions a wounded soldier. During this period, he also co-ordinated the
activities of three casualty evacuation helicopters. Throughout, he displayed a
flying skill of the highest order.
It was Second Lieutenant Smith's initiative, sense of duty
and flying skill which allowed the Engineering Officer, closely followed by
medical personnel, to be quickly inserted into the area of the mine incident,
thus saving the lives and limbs of many soldiers. His initial landing was
followed by almost five hours of continuous flying, during which time he
contributed significantly to the speed and efficiency of the evacuation
* Text of citation has been copied from the original recommendation for
Honours & Awards" dated 01 March 1970.