John Leonard AWMM
Also known as
J. L. Adams AWMM
Vietnam 41444 AWMM
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- Military Medal (MM) AWMM
NZ Gazette Number 29 dated 29 March 1972
Lance Corporal John Adams joined the New Zealand Army on 1st September, 1969 and was posted to the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
He joined 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment/New Zealand (ANZAC), in South Vietnam on 7th May, 1971 as a member of Victor Six Company.
On 25th June19711, in Phuoc Tuy Province, Lance Corporal Adams’ platoon, supported by tanks and armoured personnel carriers, attacked a heavily defended bunker system occupied by 1st Battalion, 274 Regiment. A tank close to Lance Corporal Adams was struck by enemy rocket fire causing all three members of the crew to become casualties.
Displaying outstanding initiative, Lance Corporal Adams led a party to extract the wounded from the crippled tank and despite intense and accurate enemy fire which was being directed at him, he mounted the tank to give further guidance to his men and encouragement to the wounded. Lance Corporal Adams then arranged the evacuation of the wounded by helicopter.
Lance Corporal Adams’ initiative, courage and leadership contributed significantly to the outcome of the battle and undoubtedly saved the life of at least one member of the tank crew.
His actions since this occasion have been of the same high standard and reflect great credit upon himself, his Regiment and the New Zealand Army.
- Military Medal = 1 Platoon, Victor 6 Company Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 August 2017 - NZ Gazette 29 March 1972 & http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz
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24 January 2013 AWMM
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41444 John Leonard ADAMS-MM [MV, BV] (1 Platoon, Bravo Coy 1970 = Victor 6 Company 1971) Posted to Nee Soon and RTNZ from Dieppe N70/N72. 24 January 2003 aged 58. Buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Raymond Rd, Christchurch 8062. Block 1I, Plot 260. [[-43.532285, 172.691088]] LEST WE FORGET
Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 29 November 2017
During the Vietnam War three Kiwi soldiers from the Victor 6 company carried out an act of extraordinary bravery under intense enemy fire. Their brave and selfless actions saved the lives of two Australians who were critically injured when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by the Vietcong slammed into their tank. For 46 years their platoon commander has been pushing governments on both sides of the Tasman to award medals to these men but has been ignored. What’s become of those soldiers, and is it time NZ recognised the outstanding bravery of the Victor 6?
Bill PAPUNI, Mike WILLIAMS & John GALLY...
John was awarded the Military Medal for his heroic actions on 1 September,
1969 for rescuing wounded soldiers under gunfire as a member of Victor 6 Company, RNZIR. Lest we Forget. Onward.
Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 17 October 2016
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