Service Details
Name:
VAN WYK
Given Name:
JACOBUS CORNELIUS
Initials:
J C
Service No:
67260869PE
Rank:
Lieutenant
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Regiment:
5th Reconnaissance Regiment
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Date of Death:
1979-05-23
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Date of Birth:
1951-11-24
Age:
27
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, at Shona Mutamanjamba in Southern Angola while carrying out reconnaissance mission to locate a suspected SWAPO/PLAN Base in the area. The three-man Team was tracked and ambushed by a numerically superior force of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents and in the ensuing fire-fight, two Team members were killed and the third member, although wounded, successfully evaded capture until the helicopter arrived to extract the Team. Upon hearing the approaching helicopter, the SWAPO/PLAN force broke contact and withdrew from the area
Decorations:
Honoris Crux
Citations:
He distinguished himself as part of Bravo Group during Op Savannah
Additional
Information:
Awarded Honoris Crux for action 18 October 1975, with 1 Reconnaissance Regiment
Commemoration
Country:
South Africa
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Locality:
Gauteng
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Cemetery:
KRUGERSDORP (STERKFONTEIN) CEMETERY
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