Vale Lieutenant Keith (Gus) Murray, DSC, RAN (Retired)
On 13th. December 1964, HMAS Teal under the command of Lieutenant Keith (Gus) Murray, whilst conducting patrols of the Singapore Strait intercepted two Indonesian sampans at night. Upon interception of the unlit sampans, Teal was fired upon with automatic weapons from the sampans. The sampans turned towards Indonesian waters, however one sampan was overpowered and surrendered to Teal following further small arms engagements that killed three Indonesian crew members and wounded four others.
Lieutenant Keith Murray was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, for his coolness and judgment during the action. The Distinguished Service Cross was the only award for gallant or distinguished service made to the Royal Australian Navy during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation.
Following a battle with dementia and ill health which attached to it, Gus Murray died on Tuesday, 16th. April 2013.