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Vung Tau, Vietnam, 1966-08

by William Cunneen

Private Barry (Custard) Meller, 11 Platoon, survivor of the Battle of Long Tan, lying in a hospital bed with a bullet wound to his cheek and leg, smoking a cigarette. Meller was found leaning against a rubber tree, by Delta Company, the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), on its return twelve hours later.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.