The Victoria Cross (VC) medal group of First World War veteran Private Reginald Roy Inwood of the 10th Battalion AIF has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said Private Inwood was awarded the medal for his conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
“Private Inwood, or ‘Roy’, as he was known, like all recipients of the Victoria Cross showed remarkable bravery in the presence of the enemy,” Dr Nelson said.
Eminent historian Professor David Horner AM delivered a talk titled ‘The 1991 Gulf War: its place in Australian military history’ at the Australian War Memorial today, to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the First Gulf War.
After Australian military forces withdrew from Vietnam in 1972 it seemed that they would never again be sent overseas on warlike operations, unless the nation was under direct threat. Yet just 19 years later, the Australian government committed forces to serve across the globe in the Gulf War.
The medals of one of the most decorated Australian soldiers of the Vietnam War, Major Peter John Badcoe VC, went on display today at the Australian War Memorial.
The medal group, which includes the Victoria Cross, service medals, United States Silver Star, and South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry belonging to Major Badcoe, arrived at the Memorial this morning.
The Australian War Memorial today congratulated Dr Craig Stockings on his appointment as the Official Historian for the Australian War Memorial’s production of an official history covering the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Timor.
As the Official Historian based at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Dr Stockings will lead the project, act as editor of the series, and write at least one of the volumes of the official history.
This Australia Day the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, will join a select group of Australians being appointed an Officer of the prestigious Order of Australia, recognising those who have made outstanding contributions to the benefit of their communities.