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John Bernard MacKey
John Bernard MacKey was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 12 May 1945 at Tarakan Island, North Borneo, Corporal Mackey led his men along a very narrow spur where it was almost impossible to move to a flank. The section came under fire from three well-sited enemy positions, but Corporal Mackey went ahead, charging his first position, wrestling with and killing one of the enemy and he then rushed a heavy machine-gun post, killing the crew. He again attacked a third position further along the spur and was killed, but not before he had accounted for two more of the enemy.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial.
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