John Bernard Mackey

John Bernard Mackey

Birth
Leichhardt, Inner West Council, New South Wales, Australia
Death 12 May 1945 (aged 22)
Tarakan, North Kalimantan, Indonesia
Burial Labuan, Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia
Memorial ID 8170669 · View Source
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World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Corporal in the 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion, Australian Military Forces. In actions at Tarakan Island, Borneo, May 12, 1945, 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. Corporal Mackey charged the first position, killing one of the enemy and then rushed second 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. For gallantry in the faced of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross Medal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 9 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8170669
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Bernard Mackey (16 May 1922–12 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8170669, citing Labuan War Cemetery, Labuan, Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .