THE TASTE OF COURAGE PENETRATED BY A BULLET

‘The Taste of Courage’ book penetrated by a bullet Second Lieutenant G D Spinkston, 4 RAR. Australian War Memorial

This book was carried by Second Lieutenant Graham Spinkston while he was a platoon commander in Vietnam. On patrol on September 21, 1971, Spinkston was critically injured when his unit became involved in a major contact battle with North Vietnamese companies, resulting in the loss of Private Jimmy Duffy. On release from hospital, Spinkston found his book, ‘The Taste of Courage’, in his left hand basic pouch. Lodged in its pages was a bullet which prevented critical injury to his leg. From then, Spinkston deemed it his ‘lucky bullet’. See this object, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.

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