Not eligible for the decoration, she nevertheless earned a VC

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7 Responses to Not eligible for the decoration, she nevertheless earned a VC

  1. Chris M says:

    So sad to read, mix of terrible violence countered by amazing bravery and compassion. Incredible generation of Australians.

  2. rosie says:

    Thanks CL, the aunt of a school friend was one of the non survivors of a downed Singaporean evaluation ship.
    Vivian Bullwinkle’s story of survival is quite extraordinary.

  3. C.L. says:

    Is there a RAN ship named for her?
    There should be.

  4. NoFixedAddress says:

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    Thanks for that C.L.

    I believe there is a book written detailing some of the stories of the incredible brave Women.

  5. Lee says:

    I remember first hearing about Vivian Bullwinkel’s incredibly harrowing story of heroism and survival many, many years ago.
    Puts things in perspective, especially now, in an age where many claim to be a “victim.”

    “There were giants in the earth in those days.” (Genesis 6:4)

    Behind her, the Japanese soldiers had set up tommy guns and a machine gun.

    To be pedantic, it is highly unlikely that the Japanese were using the Thompson SMG, or indeed any SMG during this atrocity.

  6. NoFixedAddress says:

    Yes Lee, they were all famous.

    In my little SW NSW country town there were 3 similar Women who had also served heroically, they hardly ever bought a beer at the local RSL, and 2 of those had married local blokes who served in PNG.

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