IRA Bomb Survivor Honoured

#5
Paul is an absolutely brilliant bloke, I first met him a couple of years back when we paraded past the cenotaph as part of the BLESMA contingent on remembrance Sunday. We may all know the story of Warren Point and for me being an ATO it's something I've looked at many times, but to hear a first hand account is quite chilling.

Paul has also written a book - A Fighting Spirit. Which is well worth a read.
 
#6
Inspirational is a over used word but Paul Burns deserves it applied to him.

Sir we salute you.
 

ugly

LE
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#11
Whilst I am usually the first to slag off any gutter press supported back slapping exercise as just selling more newspapers I am actually very pleased to read that he has been honoured, I cant help feeling that I would rather theofficial system had done this but as that system is so badly cheapened by "pay us to get your OBE" adverts on places such as this forum I expect its about as good as one could hope for!



Not forgetting that the man is an inspiration.
 
#12
I'm honoured to have Paul as a close personal friend. I first met Paul many years ago, shortly after Warrenpoint, when he was a parachute rigger at Netheravon and I was on a basic parachuting course. Sadly I had been in a RE search team working out of Bessbrook when that terrible event happened at Warrenpoint and spent 3 of the worst days of my life clearing the scene. I told Paul about my story and that we had actually cleared the route two weeks before. His reply was simply "Did a shit job of that then". Many years later, like Dingerr, I met Paul during Remembrance weekend having just joined BLESMA. Over a beer he told me I must still be "shit at search"!

Since, I have been on a few rehabilitation events with Paul including diving in the Red Sea. Paul is a massive inspiration to younger or newer BLESMA members, an amazing character who doesn't understand the meaning of an easy life and probably more deserving of this award than anyone on the planet. It's about time his achievements, inspiration and sheer bravery were rewarded with a visit to the Palace.
 

ugly

LE
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#13
Not only an inspiration but a master at pointing out the obvious!
 
#14
Well done to him, well deserved and an inspiration to us all!
I'll second those sentiments. It just proves that you can't keep a good man down.

:)

Rodney2q
 
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bokkatankie

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#16
I'm honoured to have Paul as a close personal friend. I first met Paul many years ago, shortly after Warrenpoint, when he was a parachute rigger at Netheravon and I was on a basic parachuting course. Sadly I had been in a RE search team working out of Bessbrook when that terrible event happened at Warrenpoint and spent 3 of the worst days of my life clearing the scene. I told Paul about my story and that we had actually cleared the route two weeks before. His reply was simply "Did a shit job of that then". Many years later, like Dingerr, I met Paul during Remembrance weekend having just joined BLESMA. Over a beer he told me I must still be "shit at search"!

Since, I have been on a few rehabilitation events with Paul including diving in the Red Sea. Paul is a massive inspiration to younger or newer BLESMA members, an amazing character who doesn't understand the meaning of an easy life and probably more deserving of this award than anyone on the planet. It's about time his achievements, inspiration and sheer bravery were rewarded with a visit to the Palace.
It is odd that in the clamour to get Honours for every single medalist in the Olympics that such a brave hearted man such as he is yet to get any such recognition beyond a DM award.

It a mad screwed up world we live in!
 

mercurydancer

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#17
The man gets my total respect, not just for his bravery in doing what the RE do, but his dignity and selflessness afterwards.
 

mercurydancer

LE
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