Norman Stevens DSM MID
Recce Flt 07 Oct 68 - 09 May 69
Second Lieutenant Phillip Stevens
enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 2 February 1966. He subsequently
graduated from the Officer Training Unit, and completed helicopter pilot
training at 1st Aviation Regiment. He arrived in South Vietnam on 9 October
On 13 March 1969, Second Lieutenant Stevens, whilst flying a
helicopter on a reconnaissance mission, located an occupied enemy bunker
position. He called in a light fire team of armed helicopters, and in spite of
enemy small arms fire, marked the target until his supply of smoke was exhausted
and the fire team's ammunition was expended. The engagement resulted in one
enemy being killed and four others probably killed.
On 21 April 1969, Second Lieutenant Stevens located
another bunker system and several groups of enemy. He again indicated the target
with smoke for a fire team and an air strike. Throughout the engagement he
continued to observe the enemy movement and indicated fresh targets for the
strike aircraft. The bunkers were extensively damaged.
On 4 May 1969, Second Lieutenant Stevens sighted ten enemy on
a track. Flying low over the enemy he dropped a smoke marker for the fire team,
and his aircraft was engaged with small arms fire. The fire team could not
observe the mark, and Second Lieutenant Stevens immediately returned to the
enemy position, marking it a second time. After this engagement he located
another group of enemy and directed the fire team once more, with unknown
On each occasion Second Lieutenant Stevens displayed a high
degree of skill, determination and courage. He continued disregard for his own
safety and resolute maintenance of contact with the enemy while maintaining a
high degree of flying skill were a constant inspiration to the flight.
* Text of citation has been copied from the book
"Vietnam Veterans Honours & Awards
by Alexander M. Palmer.
On 3rd June 1998, a Vietnam “End of War
List” was announced by the Australian Government , in that “End of War
List” Phil Stevens was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.