Major Badcoe VC family DPR/TV/719

Accession Number F03934
Collection type Film
Measurement 1 min 17 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker Defence Public Relations (DPR)
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made 16 October 1967
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The DART target system was one of the training projects that the late Major Badcoe was engaged in, in 1966, prior to his posting to Vietnam. He was responsible for teaching snap shooting to a number of young soldiers, many of whom have since been posted to Vietnam. DART is an electronically operated "pop-up" system of targets, which helps soldiers to engage a rapidly appearing enemy with quick, sustained rifle fire. Many soldiers became expert rifle shots under Major Badcoe's tuition. Major Badcoe's widow, Denise, lives with her three daughters at Wattle Street O'Connor in the Australian Capital Territory. They were informed of the late Major Badcoe's award of the Victoria cross - only the second such decoration to be won by an Australian in Vietnam - in a letter from the Prime Minister, Mr Harold Holt. Mrs Badcoe and Kerry, 10, Kim, 8, and Susan 6 opened the letter in their living room...and found that Major Bacoe had become the 89th Australian to win the highest honour of the British Empire since the inception of the decoration in 1856.

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