Private Nathan's courage at Fonte Grande

This citation for Taone Nathan's Military Medal is reproduced from the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet:    

64296 Private Taone Nathan M.M.

During the attack on FONTE GRANDE on 24 Dec, 1943, Pte NATHAN was working as a stretcher bearer, in which capacity he showed outstanding courage and coolness under continual fire during the whole day. From first light until dusk he led different parties forward to the F.D.L's [Forward Defence Lines], and under intense mortar and machine gun fire personally assisted in the evacuation of all wounded from one Company area. On one occasion when enemy fire was particularly intense, Pte NATHAN went forward twice alone and brought back two wounded men to a position under cover. Pte NATHAN, due to his courage and gallantry under fire, was undoubtedly instrumental in saving several lives.

Submitted by mbadmin on Mon, 22/06/2009 - 14:48

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