Edmond Monteith MID
Recce Flt 10 Mar 71 - 09 Dec 71
Captain Rowan Monteith was
commissioned in the Australian Army on 11 July 1966, and was allotted to the
Royal Australian Army Education Corps.
He subsequently transferred to the Australian Army Aviation
Corps and qualified as an Army pilot at 1st Aviation Regiment. On arrival in
South Vietnam on 11 March 1971, he assumed the appointment of Rotary Wing
Section Commander which he held until June 1971, when he became
Second-in-Command and Operations Officer of 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance
Throughout his tour of duty in South Vietnam, Captain
Monteith has displayed above average skill as a reconnaissance pilot. His
maturity an experience have enabled him to gain valuable and timely information
on enemy locations and camps which has significantly contributed to the
intelligence gained by the 1st Australian Task Force. To ensure that this
information was as accurate as possible, he has repeatedly flown his unarmed
helicopter at slow speeds and at tree top height over known or suspected enemy
areas, thereby exposing himself to fire.
As the Rotary Wing Section Commander and later as the unit
Second-in-Command and Operations Officer, Captain Monteith has widely guided new
and inexperienced pilots in their operational tasks and has ensured that the
maximum possible support was provided by the flight to units of the 1st
Australian Task Force and other allied units operating in Phuoc Tuy Province.
By his skill, leadership and determination when seeking out the enemy,
Captain Monteith has been an inspiration to all ranks of the unit and his
conduct reflects great credit upon himself, his Corps and the Australian Army.
* Text of citation has been copied from the book
"Vietnam Veterans Honours & Awards
by Alexander M. Palmer.