The United States Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
The Citation is represented by the Blue Pennant on the Regimental Colour and
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D Company, Sixth Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, The Australian
Army - 6RAR
The Citation was awarded by the President of the United States of America on
30 May 1968 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave formal approval for the
acceptance and unrestricted wearing of the Distinguished Unit Citation on 13
Citation for D Company, Sixth Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
The 1968 Presidential Citation from Lyndon B Johnson
By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and
as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I have today
awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for extraordinary heroism to D
Company, Sixth Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, The Australian Army.
D Company distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in
military operations against an opposing armed force in Vietnam on August 18,
1966. While searching for Viet Cong in a rubber plantation north-east of
Ba Ria, Phuoc Tuy Province, Republic of Vietnam, D Company met and immediately
became engaged in heavy contact. As the battle developed, it became
apparent that the men of D Company were facing a numerically superior force. The
platoons of D Company were surrounded and attached on all sides by an estimated
reinforced enemy battalion using automatic weapons, small arms and mortars.
Fighting courageously against a well armed and determined foe, the men of D
Company maintained their formations in a common perimeter defence and inflicted
heavy casualties upon the Viet Cong. The enemy maintained a continuous,
intense volume of fire and attacked repeatedly from all directions. Each
successive assault was repulsed by the courageous Australians. Heavy
rainfall and a low ceiling prevented any friendly close air support during the
After three hours of savage attacks, having failed to penetrate the Australian
lines, the enemy withdrew from the battlefield carrying many dead and wounded,
and leaving 245 Viet Cong dead forward of the defence position of D Company.
The conspicuous gallantry, intrepidity and indomitable courage of D Company were
in the highest tradition of military valour and reflect great credit upon D
Company and the Australian Army.
Lyndon B Johnson
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