Johnny Taua's citation for Silver Star
Private John Taua, NZEF SILVER STAR Rendered for gallantry in action, on the night of 18-19 March 1944 at Cassino Italy. In preparation for an attack, Private TAUA, signals linesman for his unit, received instructions to establish line communication with the right flank attacking company only if enemy fire permitted. Despite heavy shelling and intense machine gun fire, he decided to establish communications by line, and it was solely because of his bravery and determination that line communications was effected. His courageous performance under enemy fire provided a vital contribution to the successful results of the operation.