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07 April - Peter John Badcoe VC, "three acts of heroism"

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:22 pm

Australian Birthday Today -

Peter John Badcoe VC, was born on 11 January 1934, at Malvern, South Australia. Badcoe was born as Peter John Badcock.

Badcoe was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces

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He was 33 years old, and a major in the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam during the Vietnam War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

On 23 February 1967, in Hương Trà, Vietnam, Major Badcoe rescued, under heavy fire, a United States Medical Adviser.

On 7 March, he led his company in an attack and turned what seemed to be certain defeat into a victory.

Major Badcoe on 7 April at , Phú Thọ, Thừa Thiên-Huế Province, South Vietnam when he attempted to lead his company against more powerful opposition.
This final act of bravery resulted in his death.

For his "three acts of heroism" and "outstanding leadership" between February and April 1967, Badcoe was posthumously decorated with the Victoria Cross.

Father opposed him joining
Despite his father's opposition to the prospect, Badcock held ambitions to join the Australian Army; he did so in April 1952. He served for a period of seven weeks with the 16th National Service Training Battalion, prior to receiving acceptance as an officer cadet at the Officer Cadet School, Portsea on 15 June that year.

On 26 May 1956, he married Denise MacMahon in the Methodist Church, Manly, Sydney, and in 1961 he changed his surname to Badcoe

Badcoe's medals and personal memoirs sold at auction
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Badcoe's medal group and personal memoirs were offered for sale by auction in Sydney on 20 May 2008. Estimated at between A$400,000–600,000, the group eventually sold for A$488,000 to Kerry Stokes in collaboration with the South Australian State Government.

Badcoe's Victoria Cross and associated medals were displayed at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, prior to being toured to regional South Australia

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Awards.
Victoria Cross
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (with Vietnam clasp)
Vietnam Medal
Australian Defence Medal
U.S. Silver Star (with oakleaf cluster)
U.S. Purple Heart
U.S. Air Medal
Knight of the National Order of Vietnam
South Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm, gold star and silver star)
South Vietnam Wound Medal
South Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 1960 clasp)
South Vietnam Armed Forces Honour Medal, 1st Class

in 2009, before being displayed permanently at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The main hall at Officer Cadet School, Portsea was named in his honour, as is the main lecture theatre in the Military Instruction Block at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
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Re: 07 April - Peter John Badcoe VC, "three acts of heroism

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