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Year of DeathForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitServiceViews
198783490110BGRedelinghuys J.J., L/Cpl1987/11/1761 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Medical Service1615
Died of injuries while attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group during Operation Modular. During late afternoon on 16 November 1987, the Rinkhals vehicle to which he was assigned broke down and the medics (Redelinghuys and the Doctor, 2/Lieutenant Davis) remained with the vehicle until it was recovered by a Withings Combat Recovery Vehicle. While being towed out of the combat zone, the Withings and Rinkhals were both knocked out by a ripple of Soviet 122mm BM-21 rockets. Sergeant Lappies Labuschagne, the driver of the Withings was not injured in the first rocket attack but the Doctor, 2/Lieutenant Davis was slightly wounded and Lance Corporal Redelinghuys was critically wounded in the stomach by rocket shrapnel. A Ratel 90 with its main armament disabled that was immediately behind the two vehicles, reversed out of the killing zone but was abandoned by the driver after hitting a tree stump and becoming stuck. Sergeant Labuschagne abandoned the Withings vehicle and immediately took over as driver of the Ratel 90 which he managed to dislodge from the tree stump. He promptly drove back into the killing zone and rescued Lance Corporal Redelinghuys, 2/Lieutenant Davis and Rifleman Spencer before driving to safety. A T-54 tank that suddenly appeared on the scene was engaged by the Ratels Gunner using the 7,62mm Browning machine gun but fortunately, the tank broke off the engagement without firing. Lance Corporal Redelinghuys was evacuated back to Rundu but sadly succumbed to his wounds in the early hours of 17 November 1987. Staff Sergeant Labuschagne was later awarded the Honoris Crux for his exceptional display of gallantry while under constant enemy rocket bombardment.
 
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