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Jack Wong Sue

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Z Special Unit

No 82 Operational Base Unit Battles/wars

Second World War

  • Borneo campaign
Awards Medal of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Jack Wong Sue, OAM, DCM, JP 12 September 1925 – 16 November 2009, also known as Jack Sue, was a Chinese Australian from Perth, Western Australia Wong Sue served as a member of the commando/special reconnaissance section, Z Special Unit, during the Second World War and was decorated with the Distinguished Conduct Medal After the war, Wong Sue was a businessman, owning a diving store in the Perth suburb of Midland He was also an author, a guide for tours of Borneo and a musician, who performed with bands in Perth for about 60 years


  • 1 War service
  • 2 Return to civilian life
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

War service

On 25 September 1943, Wong Sue joined the Royal Australian Air Force RAAF During 1945, Wong Sue was among members of Z Special Unit who landed in Borneo, as part of Operation Agas 3 He reached the substantive rank of leading aircraftman, but acted as a sergeant for an extended period and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal DCM

In 2010, Australian military historian Lynette Silver disputed claims made by Wong Sue in his memoirs and said that official archives prove that he "lied" In particular, she questioned Wong Sue's claims that he:

  • Single-handedly killed a group of Japanese soldiers at Terusan, Borneo in May 1945, thereby saving the life of Lieutenant Don Harlem, as there were no enemy personnel in the area at the time;
  • Took part in a raid on the Japanese garrison at Pitas on 13 June 1945, as he is not named in records of the action, and;
  • Witnessed the last Sandakan Death March as he was in hospital when it occurred and was elsewhere when the other marches took place

In early 2011, Jack Wong Sue's son, Barry, released a report in which he refuted the claims made by Silver against his father

Return to civilian life

Wong Sue was discharged from the RAAF on 21 January 1946, after which he returned to Perth and subsequently opened a retail store devoted to diving equipment in Midland, the first such store in Western Australia On 13 September 1958, Wong Sue and his family were injured in a car accident near Kalamunda that resulted in the death of the driver of the other vehicle

His published works include two books published circa 2001: a memoir of his military service, Blood on Borneo, and a collection of anecdotes regarding a 1963 shipwreck, Ghost of the Alkimos In 2006, Wong Sue was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for "service to the community, particularly through the preservation and recording of military and maritime history" He died in a Perth hospice, aged 84, on 16 November 2009

See also

  • Roland Griffiths-Marsh


  1. ^ a b c "WW2 Nominal Roll, WONG SUE, JACK" Australian Government Retrieved 2014-07-06 
  2. ^ "Jack Wong Sue" Honours and Awards Australian War Memorial Retrieved 13 August 2016 
  3. ^ a b "Jack Wong Sue: About" jackwongsuecom Retrieved 13 August 2016 
  4. ^ Nicolaides, Harry "Mind Your Language, Mr Howard" Australians All: Justice, Security, a Fair Go Archived from the original on 27 February 2014 
  5. ^ Agas is a Malay word for "gnat" Agas 3 was also known as Phase IV of Operation Stallion Ooi Keat Gin, "Prelude to invasion: covert operations before the re-occupation of Northwest Borneo, 1944–45", Journal of the Australian War Memorial No 37, October 2002
  6. ^ "It's an Honour website" Australian Government Retrieved 2008-04-12 
  7. ^ Rod Moran 2010-07-10 ""Historian casts doubt on war hero's record", The West Australian" Retrieved 2010-10-20 
  8. ^ Phillips, Yasmine 16 April 2011 "Jack Sue did not fabricate his wartime heroics, says his son" The Sunday Times Retrieved 17 April 2011 
  9. ^ "Silver vs Jack Wong Sue Report" scribdcom Retrieved 13 August 2016 
  10. ^ "Jack Wong Sue: World War Two Hero" jackwongsuecom Retrieved 13 August 2016 
  11. ^ The West Australian 15 September 1958  Missing or empty |title= help
  12. ^ "Sue, Jack Wong awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia" It's and Honour Australian Government Retrieved 12 December 2017 
  13. ^ World War II hero dies, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 16 November 2009

External links

  • Lynette Silver, "Fraudulent Military Service"
  • Jack Sue WA Skindivers business homepage
  • Herald Sun obituary
  • pacificwreckscom, "Jack Wong Sue 'Z' Force AKA 13"
  • World War 2 Nominal Roll, "WONG SUE, JACK"

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