VVAA ENDORSES AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FOR 2001
Media Release - 29 January 2001
Vietnam Veterans throughout Australia are both delighted and
proud that one of their number has been named as 'Australian of
the year' for 2001, the National President of the Vietnam
Veterans Association of Australia, Brian McKenzie said today.
Mr McKenzie said; 'The recent announcement by the Prime
Minister John Howard of the award to Lieutenant-General Peter
Cosgrove AC MC should be an inspiration to all in the veteran
community and the fine men and women serving in the Australian
Defence Forces. His sacrifices for his country and his recent
achievements in East Timor as the Commander of INTERFET have done
the Australian community proud'.
LTGEN Cosgrove served as a 22 year old Infantry Platoon
Commander in Vietnam where he was awarded the Military Cross for
bravery while leading his platoon in an assault on an enemy
position. Mr McKenzie said; 'LTGEN Cosgrove is a fine leader and
this Association congratulates him on his recent award.'