New batch of medals awarded for Afghanistan

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The selfless heroes of Afghanistan: My stomach was torn open... so I tucked my shirt in and kept shooting

By MATTHEW HICKLEY and PAUL HARRIS - More by this author »

Last updated at 22:23pm on 6th March 2008

Private Luke Cole: Awarded the Military Cross
They all made a pact before they went to war.

Whatever happened to them in Afghanistan no one - dead or alive - would be left behind.

One night in Helmand Province, that pledge was put to the test.

In a terrifying split second, the close-knit group from one of the Army's most battle-scarred units came under fire from a hail of Taliban bullets and rocket-powered grenades.
Mhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=528050&in_page_id=1770&ito=newsnowore on the link
 
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I thought I'd post the Guardian piece. The link to the interactive account of the battle the Mercians had is on the right [with very moving video interviews with the men involved], and there's a video interview with Captain Simon Cupples.

Here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/07/military.afghanistan

The interactive is here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2007/dec/14/afghanistan

The full-length magazine piece is here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jan/12/afghanistan.world

And the short interview with Cupples is here.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/video/2008/mar/06/afghanistan

Best

Minty
 
#11
DillonFlatBack said:
One of the Vikings guys:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7279336.stm

Fantastic bravery. Mother's quote: "I couldn't decide whether to hug him because I was relieved he was OK or slap him because he had done something so outrageously dangerous" :D



Nice one Mum!

Congrats to all.
 

engr172

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#13
Well done all. Hats off
 
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I'm biased, of course, so went straight to the 1R Anglian awards.

What a remarkable tally for one battalion in six months and a reflection of the conditions under which all served. All ranks deserve praise, but clearly and especially those who recieved:

1 Distinguished Service Order
6 Military Crosses
1 Queens Gallantry Medal
5 Mentioned in Despatches
1 Queens Commendation for Valuable Service

Well done to all Vikings. How very proud I am of those of you serving now and of being a Viking Veteran.

Equally proud of all other units and those who received awards too. Well done! May those who fell be always remembered and may those who were wounded have swift and strong recoveries.
 
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How does a Lt Col in the REME go about winning an MC :? A good effort by the way, and most impressed.

MOD said:
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Charles FRAM Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
 
#17
Fantastic bravery. Mother's quote: "I couldn't decide whether to hug him because I was relieved he was OK or slap him because he had done something so outrageously dangerous"

Ha ha! That 'mother' would be me! And those are my exact words.
 
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FluffyPurkiss said:
Fantastic bravery. Mother's quote: "I couldn't decide whether to hug him because I was relieved he was OK or slap him because he had done something so outrageously dangerous"

Ha ha! That 'mother' would be me! And those are my exact words.
Im sure hes just as proud of you as you (and we) are of him.
 
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SKJOLD said:
How does a Lt Col in the REME go about winning an MC :? A good effort by the way, and most impressed.

MOD said:
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Charles FRAM Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
According to the Army Sports and AT webpage, he's Chairman of the Ice Hockey Assn. Can't you just see him wielding his stick with deadly effect in CQB like 'clicky-ba'? What a shame we don't hear the stories behind all of the awards.

Anyway, congratulations all round. The list certainly provides some idea of the scale and intensity of current day ops.
 
#20
Could not be more proud of all the lads and lasses, decorated or not.

I am honored and humbled to have worn the same uniform as these men and women.

Well Done All.
 

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