Michael served in the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) from 1 Oct 1941 to 17 Aug 1942 with service No W12303, in "B" Company, 44th Battalion. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 18 Aug 1942. He was sent to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion, Canungra on 25 Feb 1943.
He joined the unit on 15 May 1943 and embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in No 8 Sect, “C” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 8 Sect, “C” Troop.
He returned to Australia aboard "WESTRALIA" 13 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 7 Jan 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
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