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Captain Donald C. Tulloch MC

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Special Force


Medical Corps United States Army

Date of

8 Oct 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Captain Donald C. Tulloch

Action for which recommended -

On the night 5/6 March 1944 Captain Donald. C. TULLOCH took part in the glider invasion of BURMA going in as co-pilot with Colonel John R. Allison to 'BROADWAY'. Due to Gliders carrying American and British medical officers that were following being forced down, he was the only medical officer present for the first two hours of the landings.

During this time he organised a rudimentary first aid station and took care of all British and American wounded. After the arrival of a British Medical Officer he volunteered to lead a night search party for a glider known to have crashed in the jungle.  Although the search was unsuccessful he showed by this act a sense of duty above and beyond that normally called for by a Medical Officer, as it was not known how close the enemy was to BROADWAY at this time. At daybreak he again organised a search party which was also unsuccessful. A third search was undertaken later in the day which did prove successful.

He was then ordered to 'ABERDEEN' another stronghold base behind enemy lines and worked in conjunction with British medical officers to take care of the wounded. He volunteered as co-pilot of a C-64 on a food dropping mission on 11 April 1944, and was shot by enemy ground fire, the bullet passing through the bone in his right leg, and came to rest in the pilot's leg, thereby causing partial paralysis. Captain TULLOCH took over the controls, rendered first aid to the pilot and himself, and flew the ship until the pilot regained muscular control enough safely to fly the plane. He was treated for this wound by a British Medical Officer and was evacuated to an American hospital on the same night.

His conduct has always been excellent and he has performed all of his duties above and beyond that normally required of an officer of his rank and arm of service.

Recommended By

Maj. Gen. W.D.A. Lentaigne DSO

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

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