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Collection Edward J. Beauchamp
WVM ID Number V2006.10.41
Object Name Can
Title Can, Beer
Year Range from 1992
Year Range to 1992
Event Veterans Activities
Description Can, beer, aluminum, power's big red bitter ale, red on sides of can. On front of can, emblem, red with a red kangaroo and writing, white, "POWER'S / NATURALLY BREWED / BIG RED BITTER ALE." on front of can under emblem, writing, white, "375ML / 5.0% ALC/VOL / PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA." On the back of the can, images, in the center, Vietnam veteran from Australia, black and white. To the left of the soldier, emblem, Australia Vietnam forces national memorial, 1992, black and white. To the right of the soldier, path, Australian task force in Vietnam, red kangaroo on a white shield. Above images, writing, white, "AUSTRALIAN / VIETNAM FORCES / NATIONAL MEMORIAL". Below images, writing, white, "FROM ANZAC COVE TO NUI DAT, / OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN UPHELD THE AUSTRALIAN TRADITION OF LARRIKINISM. IN VIETNAM, / THE TASK FORCE SYMBOL OF THE RED KANGAROO, BETTER KNOWN AS / THE BIG RED RAT, WAS PAINTED ONTO EVERYTHING THE ALLIED FORCED OWNED. / IT IS A SYMBOL OF MATESHIP AND THE AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT. THIS MEMORIAL IS / A TRIBUTE TO THAT SPIRIT AND TO EVERY AUSTRALIAN WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM." On right side of can, lettering, white, "POWER BREWING COMPANY LIMITED, PACIFIC HIGHWAY, YATALA." On top of can, opener, stay tab, aluminum. On either side of stay tab, lettering, stamped, "DON'T LITTER / LIFT RING / PUSH BACK / PLEASE RECYCLE".
History Ed Beauchamp of Milwaukee served in Vietnam from March 1970-February 1971. He served with Company E, 4-31 Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal). Initially assigned to the mortar section, manpower shortages soon found Beauchamp with battalion recon. Working from LZ's "West" and "Siberia" in the double and triple canopy jungle of Quang Tin Province, the recon team operated as a blocking force, set ambushes, and conducted sweeps to locate the enemy. They also provided security for the villages of Hiep Duc and Son Ha in the area known as Death Valley. In September, Beauchamp returned to mortars for the remainder of his tour.

Beauchamp is a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 1, in Milwaukee.
Maker Power Brewing Company Limited
Place of Origin Australia
Material Aluminum/ Beer
Biographical Record Beauchamp, Edward J.