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  • Wales: Campaign to improve Rorke's Drift hero's grave [1964 Movie Zulu Men of Harlech]

    06/29/2014 7:34:22 AM PDT · by bd476 · 98 replies
    Wales Online ^ | June 29, 2014
    Wales Online Campaign to improve Rorke's Drift hero's grave Pte James Owen, played by Ivor Emmanuel in Zulu was laid to rest in Swansea, now plans are underway to re-dedicate his grave Image is from clip of the 1964 movie Zulu Private Owen, Ivor Emmanuel (left) with Lieutenant John Chard, Stanley Baker in the classic film Zulu June 29, 2014 06:00 By Robin Turner His role in the battle of Rorke’s Drift was immortalised in the 1964 movie Zulu, yet James Owen’s grave is marked with just a few rotten pieces of wood bearing his name. Now a campaign...
  • My hero son who won Victoria Cross died because of Army ban on weapons that damage Taliban mud huts

    06/22/2013 4:23:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 22nd June 2013 | Mark Nicol
    A British soldier awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross died in vain because of an order to prevent damage to Taliban mud huts, an inquest will be told this summer. Colleagues of Lance Corporal James Ashworth – who won the UK’s highest gallantry medal – are expected to tell a coroner they were denied powerful weapons to take on the Taliban due to fears mortars and rockets could damage buildings. Soldiers from the Grenadier Guards will claim James died because he was forced to crawl to within a few feet of an enemy sniper in a mud hut while clutching a...
  • This Week In History: The Battle of Rorke's Drift

    01/20/2013 4:05:47 PM PST · by Argus · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/20/13 | Me
    This week, January 22-23 marks the 134th anniversary of the Battle of Rorke's Drift in Natal Province, South Africa. Everyone knows the story of the small company of Welsh troops from the 24th Regiment of Foot who held off a force of up to 4,000 Zulu warriors who outnumbered them twenty to one. I plan to celebrate the occasion tomorrow by viewing the classic movie of the siege starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine, made fifty years ago. It looks like there won't be anything else worth watching on TV that day anyway.
  • Man the Nazis could not kill: A giant with a volcanic temper, he shot 100 enemy soldiers and won..

    Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, of Middlesbrough was the only soldier awarded a VC at D-Day and is believed to have gunned down 100 German soldiersDuring the early hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day - lines of scared young soldiers waited in the dark for the order to board the landing craft that would take them into battle on the beaches of northern France. At the last minute they were issued with an unexpected piece of equipment — a condom each! ‘What are these for?’ boomed out the voice of Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, a hulking power-house of a man from...
  • ADVENTURES OF A DOG SOLDIER: AFGHANISTAN'S FOUR-LEGGED HEROES

    11/26/2012 5:08:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Express ^ | 11-26-12 | David Heyhoe
    ARMS and explosives search dog Treo has saved countless lives in Afghanistan. His handler David Heyhoe tells his story. SETTING off into the dawn sunlight, Treo and I are out front doing the lonely walk. We dog handlers say that emotions run up leash and down again. We had just lost our first soldier - killed by a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) - and Treo could sense that I wanted payback. Treo was hyper-alert and raring to go. It was a good thing. We'd been out for several days now and the Taliban would know the paths we'd use...
  • You think I'm brave? Meet my mates: Ben Roberts-Smith (Victoria Cross 'winner' - very worth reading)

    04/24/2011 2:43:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | 23rd April 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    EVEN heroes have their heroes. For Victoria Cross holder Ben Roberts-Smith, the benchmark for valour was set by his mate Sergeant Locke. The Special Air Service Regiment corporal says Locke's courage probably saved his life and stopped a heavily outnumbered Australian patrol being overrun on a mountain top in Afghanistan late one afternoon in 2006. "He was a very, very brave person, Matt, in every sense of the word," Roberts-Smith says. When Roberts-Smith was awarded the Victoria Cross of Australia for his extraordinary charge into a Taliban machine-gun position in June last year, it brought an unexpected burden: the weight...
  • Victoria Cross for SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith

    01/22/2011 8:24:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd January 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is Australia’s 98th Victoria Cross holder after the bronze cross with crimson ribbon was pinned to his chest by Governor General Quentin Bryce in Perth today. During a formal investiture ceremony at the picturesque beachside headquarters of the SAS at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Corporal Roberts-Smith became only the second Australian soldier to wear the Victoria Cross of Australia after Corporal Mark Donaldson who received the honour in 2009. Before 1991 it was an Imperial Honour that was won by 96 Australians from the Boer War to Vietnam. He is only the second Western Australian born holder...
  • VC soldier took out Taliban insurgents

    01/22/2011 2:45:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    An SAS digger who single-handedly took out three Taliban machine gunners will today receive Australia's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross. The soldier, known only as Corporal Ben, will receive his medal from Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Perth's Campbell Barracks. Also attending will be Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Defence Minister Stephen Smith, Defence Force Chief Angus Houston and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett. Corporal Ben is reported to have earned the VC by his actions during the intense gun battle in Afghanistan's Shah Wali Kot region last October. In the fight, Corporal Ben charged the enemy...
  • SAS corporal to receive Victoria Cross for Afghanistan firefight (Australia)

    01/19/2011 5:13:07 PM PST · by Dundee · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | January 20, 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    THE second SAS soldier in two years will be awarded the nation's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross for Australia. Governor-General Quentin Bryce and senior political leaders including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will travel to Perth this Sunday for the investiture ceremony at Campbell Barracks... Rumours have been circulating for some time that an un-named SAS corporal engaged in an intense battle in the Shah Wali Kot region of Northern Kandahar last October could be nominated. A special forces group came under withering fire and four Commandos were wounded, including one...
  • War veterans remember Indian soldiers' effort in World War I

    06/27/2010 12:57:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Indian and British war veterans came together in scores to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who gave up their lives in World War I, fighting on the side of the Allies, at a touching memorial service in Brighton. At a solemn ceremony last evening, Nalin Surie, the Indian High Commissioner to UK, saluted the supreme sacrifices made by Indian soldiers. "Over one million Indian Army soldiers saw active service alongside British troops during the First World War," he said at the Chattri memorial. Surie said Brighton has a special place in the hearts of the people as 12,000 Indian...
  • Victoria Cross recipient Trooper Mark Donaldson meets Queen Elizabeth II...

    11/10/2009 10:03:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 867+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11th November 2009 | Charles Miranda
    AUSTRALIA'S first Victoria Cross winner in almost 40 years has had a private meeting with The Queen. As Australian soldier Mark Donaldson walked calmly out the gates of Windsor Castle yesterday, he looked like any one of a number of the uniformed troops on duty protecting the Queen's official residence. But an observant British local among a small throng outside the gates noticed the distinctive Victoria Cross among other medals pinned to his chest and exclaimed loudly in a Cockney accent, "'e's got-a full deck 'e 'as", and warm applause instantly broke out for the unassuming 30-year-old Digger known to...
  • Hundreds attend funeral for Victoria Cross hero Ted Kenna

    07/15/2009 7:07:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 320+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th July 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd, federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull, Victorian Premier John Brumby and senior defence chiefs are among hundreds of people who have turned out for the funeral of Ted Kenna, who was Australia's last surviving World War II Victoria Cross recipient. One of Australia's two living Victoria Cross recipients, Vietnam veteran Keith Payne, was also at the service. ..... Nepalese Victoria Cross recipient Limbu Rimbahadur was also among the mourners at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne. Mr Kenna will be buried with full military honours.
  • Ted Kenna understood life in a way that we can’t (Australian Victoria Cross - great read)

    07/10/2009 5:28:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 358+ views
    The Punch ^ | 11th July 2009 | Neil Wilson
    It’s hard for anyone under the age of at least 50 to say they truly understood Ted Kenna, except for his family and perhaps anyone who’s almost died in combat. And Ted was probably easier to understand than others famed or prominent among his World War II generation, a laconic, uncomplicated country guy who happened to have been given a medal called the Victoria Cross. Ted Kenna and his wife Marjorie For valour. It’s the highest honour you can get. But judging by the muted reaction to Ted’s death, at 90, a lot of people didn’t really get what he...
  • The last WWII hero, Ted Kenna

    07/10/2009 4:52:15 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 884+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10th July 2009 | Patrick Carlyon
    HIS wife once compared him to a Datsun Sunny, suggesting he would "go forever". But on Wednesday night, following surgery in Geelong Hospital, Ted Kenna died a few days after his 90th birthday. There was little about Mr Kenna to distinguish him from the rest of his generation - except for a single moment in 1945, when he made a choice he was compelled to explain over and over for the rest of his life. Winning the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery, was both a privilege and burden. He had met the Queen 13 times and appeared on...
  • Last (Australian) WWII Victoria Cross winner Ted Kenna dies

    07/08/2009 10:48:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 705+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 9th July 2009
    WAR veteran Ted Kenna made an outstanding contribution to the nation and will be remembered for his courage, Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said. Mr Kenna, Australia's last surviving Victoria Cross winner from World War II, died yesterday, aged 90. His death was a sad day for the nation, Ms Gillard said in a joint statement with Veterans Affairs Minister Alan Griffin. "Ted Kenna was a great Australian," they said, adding his story of bravery in New Guinea in 1945 was "extraordinary". "Private Kenna made an outstanding contribution to the nation and he will be remembered for his courage."...
  • Great Heroes of the War on Terror

    06/28/2009 4:15:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 652+ views
    This page is devoted to the pre-eminent heroes of the War on Terror. The men who have been awarded their nations very highest decorations for bravery in service in this war. This page will be updated to include all people who receive those decorations. The decorations are:
  • For Valour (excellent documentary on Australian Victoria Cross recipients - bravest of the brave)

    04/28/2009 6:26:54 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 552+ views
    History Channel Australia | 25th April 2009 | History Channel Australia
    Somebody has placed this incredible documentary on youtube and I commend it to anybody interested in the history of heroism, or the history of war in general. Overall, it's about an hour long and it explores in a fair amount of detail the actions that lead to the award of the Victoria Cross, the British Empire's and Commonwealth's highest decoration for bravery in the face of an enemy (thus given in the same place in our heirarchy of bravery awards that the Medal of Honour occupies in the United States), to Australian's since the dawn of the twentieth century. It...
  • The private pain of a national hero (Australia's newest Victoria Cross)

    01/28/2009 9:47:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 816+ views
    Cootamundra Herald ^ | 24th January 2009
    WHEN Trooper Mark Donaldson showed the extraordinary courage, character and inner strength that resulted in him being awarded the Victoria Cross, it was not the first time. Those same qualities had been forged earlier, in the mysterious and tragic circumstances of his family life, circumstances that utterly transformed him. Donaldson and his older brother, Brent, lost both parents between 1995 and 1998, when the boys were 16 and 17 respectively. Friends of the Donaldson family from the small town of Dorrigo, near Coffs Harbour, believe the sudden death by heart attack of their 47-year-old Vietnam veteran father, Greg, in a...
  • Victoria Cross recipient SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson at heart of murder mystery

    01/18/2009 2:13:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 494+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 19th January 2009 | Kara Lawrence
    VICTORIA Cross recipient Trooper Mark Donaldson is not just a national hero but a young man who has overcome extraordinary tragedy. Residents of Dorrigo in northern NSW are so proud of Australia's latest Victoria Cross recipient that grown men shed tears in the street late last week. Trooper Donaldson, 29, was 19 and his brother Brent 20 when they were orphaned. Their mother Bernadette, widowed after the death of her husband Greg from a heart attack three years earlier, disappeared after planning to fly to the Gold Coast for a holiday. She never made her flight, and her disappearance -...
  • Police scour bush for body in cold case probe (mother of Australian VC recipient)

    01/17/2009 2:21:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 261+ views
    ABC News (Australia) ^ | 3rd November 2008
    Homicide detectives will today search bushland at Bellingen, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, as part of a cold case investigation into the suspicious death of a woman more than 10 years ago. Police say Bernadette Donaldson, 46, had planned to fly to the Gold Coast in April of 1998. But Ms Donaldson never made her flight and has not been seen since. Today, officers will start clearing bushland at Bellingen looking for possible skeletal remains. The search is expected to take about a week, and comes after a coronial investigation in 1999.
  • Trooper Mark Donaldson VC - excellent TV report on new Australian hero. Worth watching

    01/17/2009 2:43:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 657+ views
    ABC Television Australia ^ | 16th January 2009
    This really is worth watching at youtube.
  • Trooper Mark Donaldson, who defied Taliban bullets

    01/16/2009 8:17:59 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 794+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 January 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    THE bravery of SAS trooper Mark Donaldson, the first Australian awarded the Victoria Cross in 40 years, has been acclaimed by the Prime Minister as "the stuff of Australian legend". But the man known to mates as "Donno" declared getting the nation's highest military honour in Afghanistan would not change him. "I don't see myself as a hero, honestly. I still see myself as a soldier first and foremost," Trooper Donaldson said after accepting the VC from Governor-General Quentin Bryce in Canberra yesterday. "I'm still Mark Donaldson and we'll keep going from day to day and see how we go."...
  • Victoria Cross old guard salute new hero Mark Donaldson

    01/16/2009 4:18:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 334+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th January 2009 | Mark Dodd and Christian Kerr
    AUSTRALIA'S latest Victoria Cross winner, SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson, was not born when Keith Payne was awarded his VC for heroism in the jungles of Vietnam 40 years ago. Along with Edward Kenna, who won his VC for service in New Guinea in 1945, the pair are the only surviving Australian winners of the country's highest military honour. "From my own point of view I'm tremendously happy," Mr Payne said. "It takes me out of the youngest VC winner in Australia to one of the oldest." Praising Trooper Donaldson, he said; "He'll remember his little party (gun battle) all his...
  • VC winner Mark Donaldson drew enemy fire, saved a mate, and fought on

    01/16/2009 4:14:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 651+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th January 2009 | Mark Dodd
    SAS trooper Mark Donaldson exposed himself so much to enemy fire that when Australia's last VC winner heard about his award he assumed it would be posthumous. Over two hours in southeastern Afghanistan last September 2, Trooper Donaldson, 29, repeatedly fought alone in open ground raked by accurate and heavy Taliban machine-gun fire to allow his wounded comrades to be dragged to safety. Deliberate exposure to draw enemy fire away from the wounded would have been enough for a Victoria Cross recommendation, but Trooper Donaldson then sprinted 80m over the same killing ground to save the life of a seriously...
  • Heroism under fire

    01/16/2009 4:16:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 237+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th January 2009
    Mark Donaldson VC shows the way to other Australians MARK Donaldson does not think he is a hero. Heroes generally do not. He believes that everybody would do what he did. But the way SAS Trooper Donaldson earned his VC, on duty with the SAS in Afghanistan, was a rare act of selfless courage. During a Taliban ambush of a coalition convoy, Trooper Donaldson drew enemy fire away from wounded men while they were moved to some semblance of safety. But when Trooper Donaldson realised an interpreter had been left behind, he went back, crossing exposed ground under fire to...
  • Gallery - Images of the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Trooper Mark Donaldson

    01/15/2009 11:13:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 748+ views
    Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia pins the Victoria Cross to Trooper Mark Donaldson VC. Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia congratulates Trooper Mark Donaldson VC at today's ceremony. Mr Keith Payne VC congratulates Trooper Mark Donaldson VC at today's ceremony. A congratulatory kiss from wife Emma to Trooper Mark Donaldson VC; with the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie; Mrs Houston and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston looking on. The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, congratulates...
  • Australian soldier Mark Donaldson awarded Victoria Cross

    01/15/2009 4:46:52 PM PST · by Dundee · 35 replies · 1,096+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 16, 2009
    AN Australian soldier has been awarded the first Victoria Cross in 40 years for his "exceptional bravery" in service in Afghanistan. Trooper Mark Donaldson has been awarded the nation's highest military honour... Donaldson was serving with the SAS in Oruzgan province in Afghanistan in October last year when his unit was hit by an ambush. He deliberately drew enemy fire to allow wounded soldiers to escape and be taken to safety. Then, "with complete disregard for his own safety ' Trooper Donaldson ran back 80m across exposed ground to rescue a wounded coalition force interpreter and take him back to...
  • Trooper Mark Donaldson receives Victoria Cross for bravery in Afghanistan

    01/15/2009 4:43:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 1,100+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th January 2009
    THE first Victoria Cross for Australia has been awarded to a Trooper Mark Donaldson this morning for his bravery in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Governor-General Quentin Bryce made the historic announcement today at Government House in Canberra. Tropper Donaldson received the award for his actions in Afghanistan on September 2 last year, when, under heavy fire, he ran 80 metres to save an interpreter for the coalition forces and carried him to safety under sustained and accurate shooting. The Victoria Cross is the highest possible award for acts of bravery in wartime, ahead of the Military Cross. Queen...
  • Relative of Gallipoli hero soldiers on to serve country

    07/25/2008 1:04:51 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 80+ views
    The Australian ^ | 24th July 2008 | John Stapleton
    ALBERT Jacka is regarded as one of Australia's finest soldiers. His exploits at Gallipoli and on the Western Front are legendary, and he was the first Australian in World War I to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Clearly honoured and smiling broadly, his great nephew Simon Jacka, 25, yesterday became the first in the family to join the military since his famous ancestor almost a century ago. "I am proud to serve the nation as a member of the Australian Defence Force," hesaid. "Formally joining the army was a proud moment for the family. I am continuing the association between...
  • TV mogul gives V(ictoria) C(ross) to nation

    05/22/2008 4:28:51 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 258+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 22nd May 2008 | Justin Vallejo
    SEVEN Network boss Kerry Stokes will return a Victoria Cross awarded to one of the country's greatest war heroes to the Australian War Memorial. The media mogul and the South Australian Government were yesterday revealed as the mystery bidders of the medal, which sold at auction in Sydney for $488,000. It is the third Victoria Cross Mr Stokes has bought at auction and returned to the War Memorial since 2006, spending almost $2 million to save the pieces of Australia's history from being lost to the public. Carey Badcoe, daughter of Adelaide-born digger Major Peter Badcoe, was happy her father's...
  • Victoria Cross medal sold for $488k (along with two US Silver Stars)

    05/20/2008 3:36:30 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 2,422+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 20th May 2008
    A VICTORIA Cross medal from the Vietnam War has sold for $488,000 at auction in Sydney as part of a collection of 12 medals and memorabilia. The medal was awarded to Adelaide-born Major Peter Badcoe for a series of heroic actions during the Vietnam War in 1967. The Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest decoration for gallantry, was sold to an anonymous buyer, but will remain in Sydney, the auctioneer said. Three bidders were in the race to buy the medals, with spirited bidding starting at $300,000 in Bonhams & Goodman's auction house in Double Bay tonight. Bonhams & Goodman chairman...
  • Bidding war could hijack widow's V(ictoria) C(ross) offshore

    05/16/2008 5:18:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 80+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 17th May 2088 | Corrie Perkin
    FOUR weeks ago, auction house chairman Tim Goodman received a call from a wealthy client in the US. The businessman, a passionate military memorabilia collector, had learned that medals and frontline archival material belonging to Australian army Major Peter Badcoe, who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967, would feature in Bonhams and Goodman's May auction, to be held in Sydney on Tuesday. The collector told Mr Goodman he intended to bid for the Badcoe collection, which includes the only Vietnam War VC medal still in private hands and awarded to Major Badcoe posthumously. The estimated price for the...
  • Marine jumps on grenade to save his comrades...

    03/30/2008 5:25:35 PM PDT · by thundrey · 133 replies · 4,643+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC
    A Royal Marine who threw himself onto an exploding grenade to save the lives of his patrol has been put forward for the UK's highest military honour. Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, 24, a reservist from Birmingham, survived because his rucksack and body armour took the force of the blast. He was part of a reconnaissance troop in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in February, when the incident happened. The Ministry of Defence said he could be considered for the Victoria Cross.
  • Bhanbhagta Gurung VC (Gurkha WW2 Hero Dies)

    03/05/2008 1:51:59 PM PST · by Fletch357 · 5 replies · 712+ views
    times online ^ | 4th march 2008 | ?
    Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, VC Gurkha who was decorated for his courage and skill in capturing a Japanese position in fierce hand-to-hand fighting Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, VC Bhanbhagta Gurung won his Victoria Cross in Burma in 1945. His action was the culmination of a series of extraordinarily gallant actions by this soldier of quite exceptional courage, yet it occurred while he was in disgrace, albeit unjustly. Born in the hill village of Phalbu in western Nepal, he was recruited into the old Indian Army soon after the outbreak of the Second World War, and joined 3rd Battalion 2nd King Edward VII’s...
  • NZ thieves steal rare VC medals[Victoria Cross]

    12/02/2007 9:42:20 AM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 205+ views
    BBC ^ | 02 Dec 2007 | BBC
    The medal was awarded to 21 New Zealanders Nine rare and valuable Victoria Cross (VC) medals awarded for acts of extreme bravery in combat have been stolen from a military museum in New Zealand.The thieves managed to evade security patrols, cameras and an alarm when they broke into the Army Museum in Waiouru on North Island early on Sunday. Defence Minister Phil Goff called the raid "a crime against the nation". Military officials estimate the medals are worth millions of dollars, but say they will be difficult to sell. The Victoria Cross, inscribed "For valour", is the highest honour...
  • Valiant soldiers in Afghanistan

    09/03/2007 3:10:33 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 397+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 03 2007
    That the award of two more Victoria Crosses should even be under consideration says a good deal about our campaign in Afghanistan. No other nation has produced a medal so prized. This unprepossessing gun-metal cross, with its simple two-word inscription, is the supreme award that a soldier can win. By tradition, officers and men of all ranks salute its holder. Only 14 VCs have been awarded since the end of the Second World War; two of these (one the New Zealand version) were won in Afghanistan. The citations for the two latest candidates read like episodes from a war film....
  • Double VC for Afghan heroes from same battalion (Brits in Afghan)

    09/02/2007 5:04:57 AM PDT · by uksupport1 · 4 replies · 326+ views
    The Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 2nd September 2007 | Mark Nicol
    Two British soldiers from the same battalion have been nominated for the Victoria Cross in recognition of their incredible bravery in the face of the enemy. The citations for Britain's highest gallantry award came after the men were involved in fierce fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The first is Captain David Hicks – who would become the first officer to win the VC since Falklands hero Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert 'H' Jones. The second is believed to be Lance-Corporal Oliver 'Teddy' Ruecker, 20. Last month Capt Hicks, 26, refused morphine when mortally wounded in order to lead a counter-attack against a...
  • Double VC for Afghan heroes (The Victoria Cross: Britain's highest gallantry award)

    09/01/2007 9:52:10 PM PDT · by Stoat · 1 replies · 1,038+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2007 | MARK NICOL
    Double VC for Afghan heroes First officer to receive citation since Falklands by MARK NICOL - More by this author » Last updated at 00:27am on 2nd September 2007  Two British soldiers from the same battalion have been nominated for the Victoria Cross in recognition of their incredible bravery in the face of the enemy.  The citations for Britain's highest gallantry award came after the men were involved in fierce fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The first is Captain David Hicks – who would become the first officer to win the VC since Falklands hero Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert 'H'...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of the Heroes: CPT Charles H. Upham VC ~ Aug. 20, 2007

    08/19/2007 3:59:28 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 269 replies · 2,181+ views
    linked in thread | Mickey Mouse
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~CPT Charles Hazlitt Upham VC             Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham VC and bar (September 21, 1908 - November 22, 1994) was a New Zealand solider who won the Victoria Cross twice during World War II. Earning the Victoria Cross and Bar for outstanding gallantry and leadership in Crete in May...
  • Kiwi wins medal in Iraq (Another Bravery Alert from DownUnder New Zealand)

    07/24/2007 1:57:57 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 12 replies · 608+ views
    Nelson Mail / Dominion Post ^ | Wednesday, 25 July 2007 | Staff Reporter
    Kiwi wins medal in Iraq The Nelson Mail | Wednesday, 25 July 2007 A Kiwi soldier who returned to Iraq on a second tour of duty has been awarded one of Britain's highest military awards for bravery under fire. Corporal Terry Knights - a former territorial solder in New Zealand - has been honoured with the Military Cross for bravery and leadership. The recognition is bitter-sweet for the soldier, who serves with the British Royal Marines. He returned home this month for his mother's funeral. His father John Knights, of Motueka, said he was very proud of his son. "When...
  • Kiwi VC winner 'looking after his mates' (New Zealand soldier awarded the Victoria Cross)

    07/02/2007 5:01:11 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Australian ^ | 3rd July 2007 | Dan Box
    THE attack came under cover of darkness. Without warning, rocket-propelled grenades slammed into two of the New Zealand SAS troop vehicles, the force of the blast throwing Lance Corporal Willy Apiata to the ground and wounding two of his fellow soldiers. One of the men, members of an SAS patrol in Afghanistan in 2004, was bleeding heavily after shrapnel had severed an artery, and was lapsing in and out of consciousness. Without immediate medical assistance, the soldier, identified only as Corporal D, would have died. The three men were isolated, pinned down by machinegun and rifle fire from an estimated...
  • NZ soldier awarded highest honour (the Victoria Cross)

    07/01/2007 7:57:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 40 replies · 1,124+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd July 2007
    A NEW Zealand soldier has become the first person since World War II to be awarded the country's highest honour for bravery, after a daring rescue of a wounded comrade in Afghanistan in 2004. ACorporal Bill Apiata of the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) was given the Victoria Cross for New Zealand. The medal is based on Britain's Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for British soldiers. Prime Minister Helen Clark said Cpl Apiata, 35, was awarded the medal for carrying a severely wounded soldier across open ground while coming under heavy fire. Cpl Apiata's patrol came under attack from...
  • The day when wounded VC hero crossed her path (a wonderful and touching story)

    04/25/2007 5:49:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 1,736+ views
    The Australian ^ | 26th April 2007 | Natasha Robinson
    TED Kenna's skin hung from his bones and he stank of rotting flesh when Marjorie Rushberry first laid eyes on him in June 1945. For the young nurse, it was not love at first sight, but horror. The wounded soldier's face was torn apart, with entry and exit holes in the cheek where a bullet had ripped through flesh and then ricocheted off teeth, reversing and entering the young private's chest. It did not strike Miss Rushberry that this could be exactly the kind of Casanova her father had warned her about. "Be careful of those boys, you know what...
  • Queen: Always be proud of him (Paratrooper's widow collects rare posthumous Victoria Cross)

    03/08/2007 3:52:58 AM PST · by Stoat · 20 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | March 8, 2007 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
        Honour ... widow Lorena holds VC at palace Queen: Always be proud of him By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence EditorMarch 08, 2007           THE Queen presented the widow of hero Para Bryan Budd with his Victoria Cross yesterday — telling her: “Always be proud of him.”  Cpl Budd, 29, died during a brave lone charge at Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan badlands.He freed up his stricken section to escape an ambush by killing three enemy at point-blank range before being gunned down himself.Widow Lorena, 23, received the cherished medal — only the second given...
  • Friendly fire kills Brit VC winner (The Victoria Cross - 'For Valour')

    02/16/2007 1:55:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 368+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 17th February 2007
    A BRITISH soldier posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan may have been shot dead by his comrades. Father of two Corporal Bryan Budd, 29, of the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, was killed as he stormed a Taliban position single-handedly in Helmand, trying to protect seven of his colleagues from heavy fire. His widow Lorena, 23, a clerk with the Royal Artillery, is due to collect his posthumous VC from the Queen at Buckingham Palace next month. She has been told his death may have been caused by "friendly fire", The Sun reported last night. She...
  • Great Britain: Fallen hero set for VC honour (Inspirational story of heroism and dedication)

    10/15/2006 8:47:35 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 1,901+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | October 16, 2006 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
       EXCLUSIVE    Fallen hero set for VC honour   Brave ... Cpl Bryan Budd saved his pals   By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence EditorOCTOBER 16, 2006  HERO Para Cpl Bryan Budd was cut down by a hail of Taliban bullets as he took on a group of the fanatics alone, it was revealed last night.  Full details of his extraordinary actions were described for the first time by a comrade.And it was confirmed that senior officers want the corporal’s extreme valour to be marked with a posthumous Victoria Cross.It would be only the second to be awarded in 24...
  • Victoria Cross medal sells for record $1m

    07/24/2006 4:57:06 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 655+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 24 July 2006
    AUSTRALIA'S last privately owned Victoria Cross medal awarded at Gallipoli has sold at auction tonight in Sydney for a world record $1 million. Lot 1078 was purchased by a prominent Australian who wishes to remain anonymous and who bid over the phone. The medal, awarded posthumously to New Zealand-born Australian soldier Captain Alfred Shout, was sold by his grandson, 67-year-old Graham Thomas. Auctioneer Tim Goodman, of Bonhams and Goodman auction house, told the crowd it was hoped the medal would soon end up on public display. "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new world auction record for a medal," Mr...
  • Unseemly squabble over Upham VCs needs compromise (NZ Editorial)

    04/23/2006 4:29:48 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 12 replies · 399+ views
    The Press (Christchurch NZ) ^ | 22 April 2006 | Editor
    Unseemly squabble over Upham VCs needs compromise 22 April 2006 It is unfortunate that the fate of Charles Upham's Victoria Crosses involves a public spat, writes The Press in an editorial. The legacy of so honourable a man should not be exposed to such a wretched dispute. Upham, in death as he was in life, is the epitome of the brave and honourable New Zealander _ a man who twice displayed conspicuous gallantry in the face of the enemy and lived the rest of his life in unassuming modesty. He counted his own survival as inconsequential in the fight for...
  • Pointless to put 2006 peace-time values on 1941 battle bravery (Editorial from DownUnder)

    04/16/2006 10:42:40 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 21 replies · 884+ views
    Taranaki Daily News (New Zealand) ^ | 12 April 2006 | Editor
    Pointless to put 2006 peace-time values on 1941 battle bravery 12 April 2006 The Battle of Crete took place in late May 1941, when 30,000 Allied troops, including 7700 New Zealanders, plus 12,000 Greek soldiers – driven from Greece by the invading Germany forces – hurriedly dug in against an assault that they knew was as inevitable as it would be ferocious, says the Taranaki Daily News. The Mediterranean island, with its port and airfield, was of huge strategic value – to shore up the German hold on Greece, to protect the Romanian oil fields the Germans had already grabbed,...
  • VC winner still moulding future leaders (Australian Victoria Cross recipient honoured)

    01/25/2006 4:14:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 176+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 26th January 2006
    Victoria Cross winner Keith Payne takes great pride in helping mould Australia's "leaders of tomorrow". So it was a humbling experience for the 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran to learn that he had been honoured in the Australia Day awards for doing just that. Mr Payne has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to cadet and veterans groups around the country. Mr Payne, from Mackay in central Queensland, said it was important for older generations to guide the country's future leaders. "They're our bread and butter for the future," Mr Payne said. "They've got...