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Robert Arthur Young MID

161 (Indep) Recce Flt  14 Sep 67 - 10 Sep 68

  Staff Sergeant Robert Arthur Young enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 13 February 1962. He served with the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station and the School of Army Health and was posted to 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight on 12 September 1967.

Upon his arrival at 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight Staff Sergeant Young immediately set about reorganising the flight medical section and medical records which up until that time had been controlled by junior and inexperienced medical assistants.

By his insistence on the highest possible standards and his close personal supervision he quickly developed the flight's staff into a highly efficient section. Having organised 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight medical section, Staff Sergeant Young then found time to volunteer his service to other units at Nui Dat and soon organised their medical sections in a similar manner to which he organised his own.

Staff Sergeant Young also volunteered his services to his unit Civil Affairs program and in his capacity as a medical assistant treated over three thousand Vietnamese patients in the village of Xuyen Moc and accordingly earned their gratitude and admiration.

During the period 26 March 1968 to 2 April 1968, he further volunteered his services to the Australian Surgical Team at Bien Hoa and during this period earned the respect of the members of this team as an efficient and capable medical assistant.

By his dedication, his efficiency and his general ability as a medical assistant Staff Sergeant Young has brought credit upon himself, his unit, and the Australian Army.

* Text of citation copied from book "Vietnam Veterans Honours & Awards Army"      

 by Alexander M. Palmer.

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