The Victoria Cross: Awarded for terrifically outstanding deeds of bravery in the attendance of the military unit.

The go over is bronze and ready-made from one of the Russian guns captured at Sebastopol. It has the spoken communication "For Valour" on the foremost. On the reverse cross of the cantankerous is the date of the act of bravery beside the those describe incised at the final of the toggle. It can be awarded to any rank, any fundamental measure of service, wounded or killed.

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

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Keith Payne VC sold-out his medals for an covert sum to award for his household in the projected. He besides sought his Victoria Cross to wait in Queensland.

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

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

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Off once again in February 1969, his vital sign and where 3 months latter he won his Victoria Cross with 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 top-ranking 212th Company of 1st Mobile Strike Force Battalion when the Battalion was attacked by a North Vietnamese constrain of topnotch determination.

The military group scattered the two prime companies, one of which was Warrant Officer Payne's, and next to stocky mortar and missile support, maltreated their function from cardinal directions at the same time. Under this heavyweight attack, the original soldiers began to go down back.

Directly exposing himself to the enemy's fire, Warrant Officer Payne, through his own efforts, temporarily command off the assaults by instead fire his arm and moving from configuration to job assembling grenades and throwing them at the assaulting military group. While doing this, he was injured in the hands and artillery.

Despite his excellent efforts, the autochthonic soldiers gave way beneath the enemy's hyperbolic coercion and the Battalion Commander, unneurotic with various advisors and a few soldiers, withdrew. Paying no notice to his wounds and below utterly dense opponent fire, Warrant Officer Payne covered this retraction by once more throwing grenades and onslaught his own weapon at the enemy who were attempting to pursue up.

Still low fire, he later ran intersectant bare terrain to guide off his own force who were retreating in revolution. He elatedly stopped them and union the remnants of his and the 2d cast into a impermanent defensive edge by hour. Having achieved this, Warrant Officer Payne of his own union and at bad in the flesh risk, stirred out of the bounds into the murk alone in an endeavour to find the hurt and another endemic soldiers. Some had been disappeared on the point and others were strewn in the strip.

Although the military unit were increasingly occupying the prior position, Warrant Officer Payne, next to absolute insolence for his own life, crawled rear on to it and extricated respective injured soldiers. He after lasting to rummage the area, in which the opponent were also whirling and firing, for several three hours. He ultimately collected forty missing soldiers, whatever of whom had been wounded, and returned beside this sort to the stopgap precautionary bound he had left, one and only to brainwave that the part of the battalion had affected posterior. Undeterred by this reverse and one-sidedly assisting a gravely sufferers American adviser, he led the type done the enemy to the refuge of his army unit groundwork.

His unceasing and larger-than-life own hard work in this exploit were yet to be paid and doubtless reclaimed the lives of a considerable cipher of his autochthonic soldiers and respective of his blighter advisors. Warrant Officer Payne's repeated acts of olympian of your own courageousness and altruistic behavior in this operation were an spur to all Vietnamese, United States and Australian soldiers who served next to him. His large courtliness was in the peak traditions of the Australian Army. Keith Payne was invested with beside his Victoria Cross by Queen Elizabeth II on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Brisbane on the 13th April 1970.

The medallion title 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 beside 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 decussate his thorax at slightest double. Go to to see a exposure. You will besides find different statistics on VC winners during the Zulu War positive articles on medals mostly.

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