Australia Remembers – Mr. Keith Payne VC OAM DSC SS (US)

On 24TH May 1969, in Kontum Province, Warrant Officer Payne was Commanding 212th Company of 1st Mobile Strike Force Battalion when the battalion was attacked by a North Vietnamese force of superior strength. Under this heavy attack the indigenous soldiers began to fall back. Directly exposing himself to the enemy’s fire, Warrant Officer Payne, through […]

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Australia Remembers – The Battle of Milne Bay and Lewis ‘Bluey’ Smith

The battle of Milne Bay is considered to be the first in the Pacific campaign in which allied troops decisively defeated Japanese land forces. In August 1942 Japanese naval troops under estimated the predominately Australian Garrison Artillery. One of the Australian Garrison Artillery men was 19-year-old Louis ‘Bluey’ smith. Now 90, Louis is the last […]

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