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Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)

  • Gazette - C2020G00228
Administered by: Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief
Published Date 13 Mar 2020

 

 

Crown and Wattle

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                Government House

                                                                                                                    CANBERRA  ACT  2600

 

 

                                                                                                                        13 March 2020

 

It is notified for general information that the Governor-General has approved the amended citation for the following award.

 

 


 

 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (DSM)

 

Australian Army

 

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Vivian GILBERT (Retd), Pullenvale Qld 4069

 

For distinguished leadership in warlike operations as the Forward Observer attached to Delta Company, 4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in action during the

Battle of Núi Lé in South Vietnam on 21 September 1971.

 

 

 

 

 

By His Excellency’s command

 

Offical Secretary signature - Paul Singer

 

Paul Singer MVO

Official Secretary to the Governor-General

 

 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (DSM)

 

Australian Army

 

Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Gregory Vivian GILBERT (Retd),
Pullenvale Qld 4069

 

For distinguished leadership in warlike operations as the Forward Observer attached to Delta Company, 4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in action during the

Battle of Núi Lé in South Vietnam on 21 September 1971.

 

On 21 September 1971 during the Battle of Núi Lé; Delta Company, 4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, having been involved in close combat for the majority of the day found itself virtually surrounded by a numerically superior enemy force as night fell in the thick jungle of Phoc Tuy Province. The Company was reduced to 85 men and was in a rough defensive circle approximately 35 metres across. They were unable to move because of the darkness and lacked basic protection. They were running low on ammunition and were under constant fire from a strong aggressive enemy force.

 

Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Gilbert had spent the day coordinating artillery and air support which assisted the initial extraction of the Company, however he now found himself and the Company under heavy fire and unable to read his map in the darkness. Demonstrating remarkable skill, he was able to mentally calculate distances and angles to call in close artillery fire. Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert adjusted the fire using sound alone and brought it to within 100 metres of the beleaguered Company. He then moved the fire incrementally around the perimeter for hours, stalling the enemy’s potential assault and then forcing them to withdraw.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert’s bravery and skill under fire in extremely challenging circumstances, combined with his calm and considered tenacity in a leadership position, was critical in the defeat of the enemy and prevented Delta Company from suffering significant additional casualties. His distinguished leadership in action was in the finest traditions of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery and the Australian Army.