Peter Badcoe (11 January 1934 – 7 April 1967) was an Australian
recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in
battle that could be awarded at that time to a member of the Australian
armed forces. Badcoe joined the Australian Army in 1950 and graduated
from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea, in 1952. Posted to South Vietnam
in 1966, Badcoe displayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership on three
occasions between February and April 1967. In the final battle, he was
killed by a burst of machine-gun fire. He was posthumously awarded the
Victoria Cross for his actions, as well as the United States Silver Star
and several South Vietnamese medals. Badcoe's medal set is now displayed
in the Hall of Valour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Buildings in South Vietnam and Australia have been named after him, as
has a perpetual medal at an Australian Football League match held on
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