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Shan Lone, Duwa Lahpai "Rusty"

Date of birth:
1910
Date of death:
September 21st, 2000 (San Francisco, United States)
Service number:
ABRO 130
Nationality:
Burmese (British Colony, 1937-1948)

Biography

28 April, 1941: Emergency Commission as 2nd Lieutenant
28 October 1942: Lieutenant
20 January 1946: commission relinquished and granted honorary rank of Major

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Force 136, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
January 13th, 1944
Citation:
"Since the 15th June 1943, captain SHAN LONE has travelled 300 miles on foot through enemy-occupied territory in Northern Burma. During this period he has been transmitting intelligence of high military value by means of his wireless set. This officer, having contacted other loyal personnel and members of his operational party, who had landed by parachute, is now rallying support and continuing to transmit valuable military intelligence.

Bearing in mind the extreme penalty for the smallest error and the arduous existence in such hazardous circumstances, he has shown personal courage, initiative and determination of the highest order."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
Force 136, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
January 4th, 1945
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Citation:
"As chief organiser of DILWYN, Major SHAN LONE M.C. has done most valuable work behind the enemy lines over a period of nine months. Apart from? taining British prestige in the area, he built up a widespread organisation which supplied intelligence of great value to Army. With Major LOVETT CAMPBELL he organised the reception of DAH FORCE, and it was very largely due to his efforts and influence that DAH FORCE were able to operate successfully in the area. I consider that he should recive the O.B.E"

Downgraded to a MBE
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
Force 136, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1945
Order of the British Empire
Citation:
"The courage and devotion to duty displayed previously by Major SHAN LONE in dangerous operations behind enemy lines has already been recognised by the awards of the M.B.E. and M.C.
In December 1944 he was again landed by parachute behind the enemy's lines and assumed command of an existing Intelligence organisation established there.
With the fearlessness and ability which he has already shown, he expanded and developed this organisation so that, in spite of all the dangers and difficulties encoutered, a steady flow of information, which proved of the utmost value both to N.C.A.C. and 10th U.S.A.A.F., was consistently maintained.
This information included the exact locations of the Japanese 56 Div H.Q. and its divisional troops.
It is strongly recommended that Major SHAN LONE be promoted from Member to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military)"
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1947
Mentioned in Despatches

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