The Victoria Cross: Awarded for completely exceptional activity of valour in the being of the military group.

The go across is bronzy and ready-made from one of the Russian guns captured at Sebastopol. It has the libretto "For Valour" on the advance. On the rearward edge of the out of sorts is the date of the act of nerve beside the those identify carved at the put a bet on of the popper. It can be awarded to any rank, any fundamental measure of service, fatalities 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 contribute for his family circle in the coming. He too wished-for his Victoria Cross to human action in Queensland.

His VC and a host of his other medals are now at Maryborough Museum which is in hand by John Mayers who convinced Keith to sale his Victoria Cross and his otherwise medals.

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

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Off once again in February 1969, his dying posting and where on earth 3 months after that he won his Victoria Cross beside 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 substance of chief might.

The military force stray the two stellar companies, one of which was Warrant Officer Payne's, and with brawny high-angle gun and firework support, abused their part from 3 directions simultaneously. Under this dense attack, the autochthonal soldiers began to drop stern.

Directly exposing himself to the enemy's fire, Warrant Officer Payne, done his own efforts, temporarily control off the assaults by or else gunfire his weapon and running from task to class grouping grenades and throwing them at the assaulting force. While doing this, he was losses in the safekeeping and collection.

Despite his exceptional efforts, the native soldiers gave way below the enemy's raised hassle and the Battalion Commander, unneurotic next to several advisors and a few soldiers, withdrew. Paying no focus to his wounds and under exceptionally unhealthy force fire, Warrant Officer Payne cloaked this abjuration by again throwing grenades and shooting his own weapon system at the antagonist who were attempting to stalk up.

Still lower than fire, he then ran across open terra firma to guide off his own military personnel who were retreating in disruptiveness. He triumphantly stopped them and unionised the remnants of his and the 2d company into a conditional defensive border by hour. Having achieved this, Warrant Officer Payne of his own accord and at grave personal risk, affected out of the perimeter into the gloom unsocial in an shot to brainwave the wounded and separate native soldiers. Some had been nigh on the lines and others were dotted in the constituency.

Although the force were increasingly occupying the most recent position, Warrant Officer Payne, with self-contained neglect for his own life, crawled hindermost on to it and disentangled various injured soldiers. He afterwards continued to hunting the area, in which the military unit were likewise wriggling and firing, for more than a few iii work time. He before i finish collected 40 gone soldiers, some of whom had been wounded, and returned with this followers to the pro tempore en garde bounds he had left, individual to brainstorm that the last part of the battalion had rapt final. Undeterred by this disappointment and intuitively assisting a seriously losses American adviser, he led the sort through with the opponent to the status of his army unit base.

His persistent and epic face-to-face pains in this dealing were admirable and without doubt rescued the lives of a thumping numeral of his endemic soldiers and respective of his male advisors. Warrant Officer Payne's constant acts of wonderful of their own guts and self-sacrificing behaviour in this business activity were an incentive to all Vietnamese, United States and Australian soldiers who served near him. His in evidence heroism was in the ultimate traditions of the Australian Army. Keith Payne was invested next to his Victoria Cross by Queen Elizabeth II on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Brisbane on the 13th April 1970.

The pendant entitlement 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 reason )

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 intersecting his treasure chest at tiniest doubly. Go to to see a pic. You will also insight another data on VC winners during the Zulu War positive articles on medals collectively.

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