Buckingham Covers - First Day Covers

Warrant Officer Class II Keith Payne VC


Keith Payne was part of the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam and on 24th May 1969 when ordered to seek out the position of a large NVA attack force, his own small force of 100 ill-trained men arrived at the same jungle ridge as the force they were seeking. Having called in American aerial strafing of the NVA position, they were surprised to find that the enemy suddenly attacked from all sides. Despite a serious head wound he volunteered to go solo into the now enemy held position to seek the wounded. He made four return journeys leading the wounded to safety and organising a defensive base. (Gazette, 19th September 1969). He was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for his bravery on 13th April 1970.