38137 Staff Sergeant Colin ROWLEY
Military Medal (MM)
Staff Sergeant Colin Rowley enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 25 November 1963, and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry. He arrived in South Vietnam in February 1970, for his second tour of duty in South Vietnam with 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
On 21 May 1970, his platoon came into heavy contact with a Company sized enemy force in bunkers. During the action one soldier fell badly wounded at the entrance to a bunker. Staff Sergeant Rowley, deliberately exposing himself to aimed enemy small arms fire, moved forward and dragged the wounded soldier to a safe area. Subsequently Staff Sergeant Rowley again moved forward and helped in the recovery of a further two wounded, and with hand grenades neutralised two enemy bunkers.
In other actions during June, July and September, Staff Sergeant Rowley has shown the same personal courage and professional competence. His leadership by example and general conduct reflect great credit on I himself and The Royal Australian Regiment.