The Victoria Cross: Awarded for fundamentally remaining works of graciousness in the existence of the force.

The irritable is bronze and made from one of the Russian guns captured at Sebastopol. It has the oral communication "For Valour" on the forefront. On the reverse sideways of the interconnect is the twenty-four hours of the act of spirit next to the folks designation graven at the final of the holdfast. It can be awarded to any rank, any fundamental quantity of service, losses or killed.

The American Unknown Soldier, concealed at Westminster Abbey was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Keith Payne VC sold his medals for an undisclosed sum to deal in for his kith and kin in the future. He besides loved his Victoria Cross to human action in Queensland.

His VC and a host of his different medals are now at Maryborough Museum which is owned by John Mayers who convinced Keith to provide his Victoria Cross and his new medals.

Keith coupled up in 1951. Served in the Korean War from April 1952-March 1953.
Saw provision in Malaya and Papua New Guinea, regressive to Brisbane in March 1968.

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Off once more in February 1969, his terminal poster and where 3 months latter he won his Victoria Cross next to the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam.

[ London Gazette, 19 September 1969 ], Ben Het, Kontum Province, Vietnam, 24 May 1969, Warrant Officer II Keith Payne, Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam.

On 24 May 1969, in Kontum Province, Warrant Officer Payne was superior 212th Company of 1st Mobile Strike Force Battalion when the Battalion was attacked by a North Vietnamese military unit of blue-ribbon vigour.

The opponent isolated the two chief companies, one of which was Warrant Officer Payne's, and beside heavily built howitzer and sparkler support, molested their responsibility from 3 directions all together. Under this cumbersome attack, the original soldiers began to drop support.

Directly exposing himself to the enemy's fire, Warrant Officer Payne, done his own efforts, temporarily held off the assaults by instead onset his arm and moving from posting to task aggregation grenades and throwing them at the assaulting opponent. While doing this, he was victims in the keeping and assemblage.

Despite his admirable efforts, the native soldiers gave way below the enemy's exaggerated force and the Battalion Commander, unneurotic with respective advisors and a few soldiers, withdrew. Paying no awareness to his wounds and nether completely stout enemy fire, Warrant Officer Payne awninged this withdrawal by over again throwing grenades and volley his own instrument at the opponent who were attempting to shadow up.

Still low fire, he then ran intersecting open ground to principal off his own force who were withdrawing in commotion. He gleefully stopped them and organized the remnants of his and the 2nd company into a conditional protective boundary by gloaming. Having achieved this, Warrant Officer Payne of his own conformity and at acute of one's own risk, affected out of the border into the dark unsocial in an endeavour to insight the sufferers and new native soldiers. Some had been left on the location and others were speckled in the country.

Although the antagonist were standing occupying the one-time position, Warrant Officer Payne, next to rank disregard for his own life, crawled stern on to it and freed several injured soldiers. He next prolonged to dig out the area, in which the military group were besides unwinding and firing, for some 3 hours. He last of all collected xl straying soldiers, few of whom had been wounded, and returned near this line to the terminable defending boundary he had left, solitary to insight that the residuum of the army unit had moved final. Undeterred by this reversal and in person assisting a gravely hurt American adviser, he led the crew done the military force to the safety of his battalion platform.

His continual and heroic personalized hard work in this management were special and undoubtedly regenerate the lives of a blown-up cipher of his original soldiers and various of his male advisors. Warrant Officer Payne's persistent acts of the apostles of excellent of our own nerve and selfless conduct in this operation were an spur to all Vietnamese, United States and Australian soldiers who served with him. His marked good manners was in the peak traditions of the Australian Army. Keith Payne was invested with next to his Victoria Cross by Queen Elizabeth II on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Brisbane on the 13th April 1970.

The honour claim of Warrant Officer II Keith Payne - Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam (held by the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, Queensland).

Victoria Cross

Medal of the Order of Australia ( OAM )

Australian Active Service Medal ( 1945-75 )

4 clasps:

"Korea" - Malaysia" - "Vietnam" - "Thai-Malay"

Korea Medal ( 1950-53 )

United Nations Korea Medal ( 1950-53 )

General Service Medal ( 1962- ) 1 clasp: "Malay Peninsula"

Vietnam Medal ( 1965-68 )

Australian Service Medal ( 1945-75 ) 3 clasps:

"Korea" - "SE Asia" - "PNG"

Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal ( 1977 )

Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal ( 2002 )

Centenary Medal ( 2001 ) ( Australia )

Defence Force Service Medal ( Australia )

National Medal ( 1975 ) ( Australia )

Australia Defence Medal ( Australia )

Meritorious Service Medal ( MSM )

'Commonwealth of Australia' Issue

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal ( LSGC ) 'Australia' suspension:

Distinguished Service Cross ( DSC ) ( US aspect )

Silver Star ( USA )

Cross of Gallantry near Bronze Star ( Rep of Vietnam )

South Vietnam Campaign Medal ( Rep of Vietnam ) 1 clasp: '1960'

General Service Medal ( Oman )

As Sumood Medal ( Oman )

Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal ( Malaysia )

These medals fit intersectant his treasure chest at most minuscule double. Go to to see a picture. You will likewise breakthrough else rumour on VC winners during the Zulu War positive articles on medals largely.

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