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Paul L. Smith
135494 Lance Corporal. Paul L. Smith, 19
Mackay, Queensland.

Lance Corporal Paul Smith hailed from Mackay in Queensland and was aged only nineteen when he died for his country on 4th July 1969 during a land clearing and night ambush patrol. Nine Australians were killed and 58 wounded in the same operation.
Paul was initially wounded by an enemy mine explosion and despite his grievous injuries he continued to assist in the evacuation of his wounded comrades. Then he was mortally wounded by a second enemy mine explosion. He was evacuated but died in the US 24th Evacuation Hospital.
Paul was a true gentleman, a man of courage and is remembered as having the genuine ANZAC spirit.


Official Commemoration: QLD - Garden Of Remembrance
Commemoration Position: Wall 9 - Row O

 

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