Artikeltje n.a.v. opgelopen verwonding in Vietnam:
Hij kwam oorspronkelijk waarschijnlijk uit Kerkwerve in Zeeland.
En nog wat achtergrond:
Army Number: 54901
Substantive Rank: Sergeant
Christian Name: David William
Honour or Award: DCM
Sergeant Scheele enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1964. He served with The Royal Australian Regiment in Australia and the Special Air Service Regiment in Borneo and South Vietnam. He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in March 1969 and was attached to the 2nd Mobile Strike Force, 5th Special Forces Group.
On 6 May 1969, Sergeant Scheele was serving as a Platoon Commander with 223rd Mobile Strike Force Company on an operation in the area of Ban Me Thun in the area of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, when two other platoons of the company came under heavy attack from a superior North Vietnamese force and were surrounded. Despite the intense enemy mortar , rocket, automatic weapons fire, he personally led his platoon against the enemy in an attempt break through to the other platoons. During this attempt one of his Montagnard soldiers was seriously wounded. Disregarding the danger involved, Sergeant Scheele moved across open ground to treat the wounded man and in doing so fully exposed himself to the direct fire of the enemy. So intense was the enemy’s fire, his platoon was unable to move further forward and itself became almost encircled. Sergeant Scheele then directed his men to break out and with outstanding personal bravery he alone assaulted the adjacent enemy positions, throwing grenades and firing his weapon to cover the movement of his platoon. As he himself withdrew, still providing cover for his men, he picked up the wounded Montagnard soldier and carried him to the position to which his platoon had withdrawn. Again the enemy attacked and again Sergeant Scheele personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon, still carrying the wounded soldier. While so doing he was attacked by two enemy squads. He put the wounded man down, assaulted the enemy on his own and successfully drove them off. Sergeant Scheele then returned to the wounded soldier and still firing at the enemy, carried him to where a helicopter was hovering to evacuate the wounded. While the enemy continued to fire, he shielded the wounded Montagnard with his own body until the soldier had been successfully extracted.
Sergeant Scheele’s personal bravery and aggressive leadership in the extreme hazardous conditions involved in this action and on a number of other subsequent occasions during the heavy fighting in the area of Ben Het were outstanding. His professionalism and unselfish devotion to duty have been exceptional and reflect great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.
Dave was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour (with ‘V’ Device) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.
Dave also served in South Vietnam with 2nd SAS Sqn from 26 Feb 68 to 23 Feb 69, with 1st SAS Sqn from 21 Jan 71 to 18 Feb 71 and then 2nd SAS Sqn 19 Feb 71 to 11 Oct 71.