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However, the memories flooded back tonight when he was presented with a US Bronze Star for valour by US Consul-General Randy Berry Jnr, at the Silverdale RSA, north of Auckland.
The citation said that Col Chippindale acted "without regard for his personal safety ... to keep up a devastating and continuous volume of fire".
His "courageous performance, skill, and tactical proficiency" reflected well on him and the traditions of the New Zealand and United States armies.