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Year of DeathForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitServiceViews
197468343599PE Zeelie F.J. (LWD) , Lt 1974/06/231 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army 1505
Killed in action, at Bwabwata Western Caprivi. While under attack by machine gun fire, he stormed the emplacements and overpowered one gun crew and forced the other to retreat. He was killed in the process.. The first official Border War death. "On 23 June 1974, at about 17h45, Lieut Zeelie, 22, was on the left flank of a patrol combing thick bush in pursuit of terrorists. Two enemy machine-guns suddenly opened fire on Lieut Zeelie and Lance Corporal Hillebrand. Lieutenant Zeelie and L/Cpl Hillebrand immediately went on to the attack. Hillebrand was pinned down near to the enemy position but Zeelie, without thought for his personal safety and in spite of the extreme danger to which he was exposed, stormed the enemy position and forced one machine-gun to withdraw and overpowered the other, regrettably losing his life in so doing. As a result of this selfless act in the face of personal danger, the left flank of the patrol was able to re-deploy owing to the lessening of the enemy fire. The charge took place over a distance of 50 yards. His courage, determination and self-sacrifice received received recognition by the posthumous award of the Louw Wepener Decoration."
 
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