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Pacific Saga: the personal chronicle of the 37th Battalion and its part in the Third Division's Campaign

Distinguished Conduct Medal

page 105

Distinguished Conduct Medal

During operations at Warambari Bay in Vella Lavella, this NCO was a member of several patrols which were operating against the enemy. Throughout all these operations, he displayed courage and resource of an exceptional character. On 6 October, 1943, the officer commanding one of the patrols was seen to fall some distance away in close proximity to an enemy position. Corporal Dunlea, with others, then volunteered to go forward and bring him to safety. In spite of heavy fire from the enemy, the attempt was successful and the officer, who was found to be dead, was brought back. In performing this duty, Corporal Dunlea displayed the utmost gallantry, and continued throughout the Operation to give a splendid example to men under his command.