PEARCE, Matthew William
Corporal, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

CITATION
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
His citation for the award, announced in the Queens Birthday Honours recently, said he ran the battle, giving clear directions to his men and ensuring
that a steady flow of accurate suppressing fire was directed towards the enemy.  He then put himself at risk in order to position himself in the best
place to run the battle. This gave him the ability to successfully co-ordinate his section’s fire and observe the enemy throughout the attack. The fire
fight lasted approximately 15 minutes and contact was finally broken when his section began firing high explosive rounds in the direction of the
insurgents. He then co-ordinated aircraft support on to the location of the enemy to ensure the threat had been dispersed. He acted professionally
throughout the incident and maintained the composure of his men. This was the first fire fight between New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team
troops and insurgents since the mission began in 2003”

AWARDS
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand East Timor Medal
UN Transitional Authority East Timor (UNTAET)
New Zealand General Service Medal (Solomon Islands)
New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghan Primary)
New Zealand General Service Medal (Timor Leste)
NATO Medal
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal

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