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David Maihi Douglas



  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Maihi AWMM
  • Surname
    Douglas AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    D. M. Douglas AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 530325 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 October 1944 AWMM
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  • Place of birth
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    • 1963-1966 AWMM
      Malaya 1963-1966 AWMM
      "Indonesian Confrontation (1963-1966) The Federation of Malaysia (Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak) came into existence on 16 September 1963. Indonesia had voiced its strong opposition to the Malaysia plan and immediately severed all diplomatic ties with Kuala Lumpur, announcing that Indonesia would "crush" Malaysia. In January 1963 the Indonesians announced a policy of "confrontation" against Malaya. Subsequently, the British Embassy, cricket club and countless British-owned businesses were vandalised or burnt to the ground. The confrontation took the form of armed Indonesian invasions across the borders of Sarawak and North Borneo from Indonesian Kalimantan. Indonesian terrorists began landing on the coast of the Malay peninsula but were quickly killed or captured by the security forces. Australian units fought as part of a larger British and Commonwealth force in Australia's most unrecognised and secret war, the campaign to defend the newly established Malaysia against confrontation by Indonesia.. Similar to Australia's role in the Malayan Emergency, operations against Indonesia in Borneo and West Malaysia were part of the Australian government's contribution to the Far East Strategic Reserve. This was an "undeclared war", largely unpublicised in Australia and overshadowed by the commitment of troops to Vietnam. In 1966 President Sukarno was ousted from power and the new government was not keen on continuing the confrontation. A signed peace agreement between Indonesia and Malaysia brought the conflict to an end. The Philippines also dropped its claim on Sabah and recognised Malaysia. Twenty-three Australians were killed during the confrontation. Meanwhile, political differences had surfaced between Malaysia and Singapore. On 9 August 1965, Singapore left the Federation and became an independent nation." FROM AWMM
    • 1962-1966 AWMM
      Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966 AWMM
      Following the defeat of the Brunei rebellion at the end of 1962 the Indonesian Foreign Minister announced a policy of 'confgrontation' against Malaysia, justifying this Indonesian expansion as a response to hostile neo-colonialist / imperialist policies against Indonesia. Following on the burning oif the British Embassy in Jakarta a British and Commonwealth force was created to dominate the Borneo border and resist Indonesian incursions. from Spink (1988) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 530325 AWMM
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Military decorations

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    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    NZ Gazette Number 20 dated 2 April 1970 Citation Corporal Douglas joined the Regular Force in May 1965. In 1966 – 67 he saw service in Malaysia, Borneo and then South Vietnam with Victor One Company. He returned to Vietnam as a section commander with Whisky Two Company for his second tour of duty in November 1968. On 23rd February 19691 , Corporal Douglas was commanding a section as part of W Company defended position. During the evening stand-to his section came under heavy small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Corporal Douglas was an early casualty, receiving a shrapnel wound to his right side. He refused treatment for his wound and, throughout the two hour engagement, he constantly forsook the safety of his own bunker to move amongst his section, encourage them, direct their fire and distribute ammunition. When the enemy withdrew he left behind six dead and evidence that he had suffered more casualties. On 22nd June 19692 , Corporal Douglas was leading his section along a track when they were engaged by a well-entrenched enemy using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Finding his observation restricted, Corporal Douglas crawled forward alone to within 20 metres of the enemy bunkers and from this exposed position directed the fire of his section. An attempt by the enemy, estimated to be in company strength, to outflank the section was observed by Corporal Douglas and by redirecting his section’s fire the enemy attack was defeated. Corporal Douglas remained in his exposed position to adjust artillery fire on to the enemy bunkers nearest him so that his section, and the rest of the platoon which had come up in support, could be safely extracted. Under the cover of this artillery fire, and although hampered by painful burns to his shoulder and abdomen, Corporal Douglas withdrew his section in good order. On two occasions when painfully wounded Corporal Douglas continued to command his section with great skill and confidence. His bravery was an example to his men; his willingness to expose himself to danger ensured that casualties were kept to a minimum. As a result of the wounds he received on 22nd June 1969, Corporal Douglas was evacuated from Vietnam and hospitalised for six weeks. His bravery, outstanding leadership and his skill as an infantry section leader are worthy of recognition AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, Vietnam AWMM
    Wounded in action, 23 February 1969 – shrapnel wound to stomach; and 22 June 1969 – white phosphorous burns to back and left shoulder AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Wounded in action, 23 February 1969 – shrapnel wound to stomach; and 22 June 1969 – white phosphorous burns to back and left shoulder. Read citation for MID. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    12 December 2000 NZMVA
    TaurangaBay of Plenty NZMVA
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  • David was born on 19 October 1944 and died in 2000. He was awarded "Mentioned in Despatches" during the Vietnam War. LEST WE FORGET
    Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 17 November 2017



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
    • Last Post - New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association AWMM


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17 November 2017RoscoeAucklandResearcher

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