Major Peter John Badcoe
|Birth date:||11 January 1934|
|Birth place:||Australia: South Australia, Adelaide|
|Death date:||7 April 1967|
|Death place:||Vietnam: South Vietnam, Huong Tra District|
|Service number:||41400 - Vietnam, 1962-1975|
|Unit:||Australian Army Training Team Vietnam|
Peter Badcoe grew up in Adelaide. Always wanting to join the army, he entered the Officer Cadet School at Portsea, Victoria, in 1952. Major Peter Badcoe was commisioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Australian Staff Corps in December 1952.
He was allotted to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in which he served in a number of Regimental and Staff postings until August 1965. He then transferred to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and joined the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in August 1966. He was posted as Sector Operations Officer in THUA THIEN Province, South Vietnam. Dubbed "the Galloping Major", he was "always on the go".
Over 23 February 7 April 1967 Badcoe repeatedly performed extraordinary feats. While under fire he attacked across open ground; he rescued an American adviser; he captured a machine-gun; he led attacks; and he provided leadership and example to wavering troops. He was eventually killed by a burst of enemy fire as he rose to throw a grenade. "His valour and leadership were in the highest traditions of the military profession and the Australian Regular Army." He was buried at Terendak Cemetery, Malaysia.
Badcoe was awarded the Victoria Cross, service medals for the Vietnam War, the United States Silver Star, the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the South Vietnamese Wound Medal.
MALAYA, C1954. BATTERY CAPTAIN PETER BADCOE, 1 FIELD REGIMENT ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY, WHO WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR AN ACTION IN VIETNAM.044681
SINGAPORE, N.D. MAJOR P.J. BADCOE (2ND LEFT). OTHER PERSONNEL UNIDENTIFIED.044466
MAJOR P.J. BADCOE AT RIFLE RANGE.044465
GOVERNOR GENERAL LORD CASEY FAMILIARISES HIMSELF WITH SLR DURING VISIT TO GREENHILLS HOLSWORTHY RANGE. MAJOR P. BADCOE IS IN BACKGROUND.044464
1970-04-05, Vung Tau, South Vietnam. The swimming pool at the Badcoe Club, Back Beach.P00180.004
SYDNEY, NSW. 1970-05-03. TWELVE YEARS OLD KERRY BADCOE IS PRESENTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II, WATCHED BY PRIME MINISTER JOHN GORTON, ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPENING OF KINGSFORD SMITH AIRPORT. KERRY WAS THE DAUGHTER OF MAJOR PETER JOHN BADCOE (1934-67) WHO WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS...P00942.001
Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant Peter John Badcock wearing service dress with Royal Australian Artillery cap and collar badges, shoulder titles, formation sign for 1st Infantry Brigade Group and Parachutist’s qualification badge. Badcock later changed his name to Badcoe and reached the rank...P00942.002
VUNG TAU, SOUTH VIETNAM. 1971. MEMBERS OF 2 SQUADRON, SPECIAL AIR SERVICE (SAS), RELAX ON THEIR REST DAY AFTER COMPLETING A PATROL AT THE PETER BADCOE CLUB, NO.1 ADMINISTRATIVE AND LOGISTIC SUPPORT GROUP (1ALSG). LEFT TO RIGHT: SECOND LIEUTENANT BRIAN RUSSELL; ?; ?; TROOPER W. NISBETT; CORPORAL B....P00966.031
Visiting entertainer and local hired help at the Peter Badcoe Club.P00800.066
Visiting Australian group of entertainers, Hi Lites, performing on stage at the Peter Badcoe Club.P00800.067
Vung Tau, South Vietnam. 1968. Two groups of soldiers sit at tables in the upstairs open-air bar of the Peter Badcoe Club. The Club was an Army rest and recreation centre located at the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) base at Back Beach. The Club was named for Major Peter Badcoe who...MISC/68/0047/VN
Vung Tau, South Vietnam. 1968-01. Exterior of the Army rest and recreation facility, the Peter Badcoe Club, named after Major Peter Badcoe who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for several courageous actions in Vietnam.MISC/68/0003/VN
Group portrait of 14 National Service Training Battalion (NSTB), comprising National Servicemen from Bairnsdale, Sale, and Traralgon. In the second row from front, centre, are three officers of the Royal Australian Artillery: an unidentified Corporal, unidentified Sergeant, and 41400 Second...P07803.001
Australians enjoying a drink in the bar of the Peter Badcoe Club at Vung Tau. 16906 Temporary Corporal Harry Lovett, 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF), a headquarters cook, is downing a beer (centre) as are other unidentified men who have just returned from a swim on Vung Tau beach. The club was...P09340.021
Soldiers sit at tables in the upstairs open-air bar of the Peter Badcoe Club. The Club was an Army rest and recreation centre located at the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) base at Back Beach. The Club was named for Major Peter Badcoe who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross...EKT/71/0792/VN
MAJOR P.J. BADCOE, AUSTRALIAN ARMY TRAINING TEAM VIETNAM (AATTV); PERIOD 1967-02-23 TO 1967-04-07, PHU THU, QUANG DIEN AND HUONG TRA AREAS. POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS (VC). THIS PORTRAIT IS CROPPED FROM DNE/66/0150/HQ.116857
Brown leather Pilot survival knife scabbard with field dressing : Major P. Badcoe, VC, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam
Brown leather scabbard for a survival knife has a loop with a press stud near the top for holding the knife handle. Below it is a belt loop. A small pocket is sewn below the body of the scabbard. A field dressing has been attached to the outside of the scabbard with green plastic adhesive tape. The...RELAWM40155.002
Whether it be to get away from the dust at Nui Dat or the blowing sand at the Logistic Support base at Vung Tau, the ideal place to do it is at the Peter Badcoe Club. The club, named after Victoria Cross winner Major Peter Badcoe, is sited less than 200 yards from the South China Sea. Two bars and...F03997
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...F03934
This kinescope recording of the 'For valour' television documentary on the four Victoria Cross (VC) recipients from the Vietnam war. The documentary tells the story of the actions for which Major Peter Badcoe, Warrant Officer (WO) Kevin Wheatley, WO Keith Payne and WO Ray Simpson were awarded the...F04628
The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (41400) Major Peter John Badcoe VC, Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam.
The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...AWM2017.1.97
|Date of birth||1934-01-11|
|Date of death||1967-04-07|
|Date of honour or award||1967-04-07||Awarded Victoria Cross, for action at Phu Tho, Quang Dien and Huong Tra districts, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam whilst serving with Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam as a Major|