Soldiers honoured for courage under fire

#1
A SERGEANT in the Parachute Regiment has won the Military Cross for saving the lives of a group of soldiers on foot who were pinned down by enemy fire in southern Iraq.

Sergeant James Newell, 33, of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, commanded a team of armoured Land Rovers as they were driven into the heart of the gunfight to rescue their fellow paratroopers.

Up to 40 gunmen had attacked the paratroopers as they went on foot patrol in as-Samawah on Janury 21. Sergeant Jewell, who has two brothers in 2 Para, drove twice into the middle of the exchange of fire and rescued four soldiers at a time, getting out to provide covering fire as the men climbed in.

Sergeant Newell, who lives in Colchester with his wife, Andrea, and son, Ben, 7, is one of 64 members of the Armed Forces honoured for bravery and service on operations, announced by the Ministry of Defence yesterday.

Captain Kevin Ivison, 25, a bomb-disposal officer, who was based near Basra, was awarded the George Medal for defusing a second terrorist bomb after an explosive device killed a colleague, Captain Richard Holmes, who was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

Fusilier Daniel Smith, 21, a medic of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was also awarded the George Medal for giving first aid to colleagues whom he rescued from a burning Land Rover. Major Matt Bacon, of the Intelligence Corps, died in the incident.




http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2348173,00.html
 
#2
Good man, yet another one of the lads doing a great job in a tough place.
 
#4
Where is the more timely reporting of these incidents? Why do we have to wait for the Medal awards to know just what sterling service we are getting from some extremely brave men?
Just think - those two t*ats in 10 and 11 Downing Street get ten times the money and all we hear, see and have forced down our throats is the sort of cr*p they produce as their daily work.
 
#6
Good work all of them.

I think that the PARA Cpl killed this week should be up for something posthumously in the next round of awards.
 
#8
Outstanding work.
I worked briefly with Capt Holmes in AA and his posthumous award is most thoroughly deserved, as is everyone's mentioned I'm certain.
 
#10
I tip my hat to them all, there's a article in the Metro today about the 64 members of the Armed Forces being presented medals. Cannot give link as website not updated yet.

Amazing what you can do to save your fellow squaddie when the adrenalin is pumping. Not sure I could keep my hands steady enough to difuse a bomb having just seen your oppo being blown up by the first one.

Edited to add link: http://media.netpr.pl/notatka_63418.html
 
#13
TangoZeroAlpha said:
The R IRISH were there too:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/5325810.stm

WDS to Lance Corporal Trevor Coult MC

Faugh-a-Ballagh
Was at Strensall with him in '94. Thats where he got his nickname - under 8 min BPFA (can't remember the exact time). Thought he'd left but obviously not. Good lad too. Just shame he was a Ginger!

Well done Speedy and the rest of the award holders.
 
#15
OldRedCap said:
Where is the more timely reporting of these incidents? Why do we have to wait for the Medal awards to know just what sterling service we are getting from some extremely brave men?
Just think - those two t*ats in 10 and 11 Downing Street get ten times the money and all we hear, see and have forced down our throats is the sort of cr*p they produce as their daily work.
I'm sure that Up_and_Hold will correct me on this one but I think there is a good reason for this.

Soldiers don't get written up for a particular medal; a full report of an act of bravery goes up the CoC (who assess its veracity) and then on to an awards committee who apply the various criteria to decide which decoration, if any, is deserved.

This takes time and I think they rightly want to avoid the possibility of the reptiles in the meeja whipping up a 'VCs for everyone' campaign. At least this way ensures that each case is looked at on an even footing.

Could be speeded up though.
 
#17
good to see the TA are recognised as well, well done all.
 
#18
A TRUE HERO!!!! (Unlike what the British Public class as a 'Hero',thankfuly we see the likes of this chap as a hero because that is what he is!t To quote a line from the Film Black Hawk Down-
"It's all about the man next to you"
Well Done That MAN!!
 
#19
stickybomb said:
OldRedCap said:
Where is the more timely reporting of these incidents? Why do we have to wait for the Medal awards to know just what sterling service we are getting from some extremely brave men?
Just think - those two t*ats in 10 and 11 Downing Street get ten times the money and all we hear, see and have forced down our throats is the sort of cr*p they produce as their daily work.
I'm sure that Up_and_Hold will correct me on this one but I think there is a good reason for this.

Soldiers don't get written up for a particular medal; a full report of an act of bravery goes up the CoC (who assess its veracity) and then on to an awards committee who apply the various criteria to decide which decoration, if any, is deserved.

This takes time and I think they rightly want to avoid the possibility of the reptiles in the meeja whipping up a 'VCs for everyone' campaign. At least this way ensures that each case is looked at on an even footing.

Could be speeded up though.

Broadly right. Operational awards are made twice a year - Sep & Mar, based upon actions for the preceeding 6 months. At each stage of the CoC, citations are reviewed and some weeded out. The nomination for a particular award is left blank until the very end (although it is pretty clear in most cases the sort of award that would be appropriate).

What is extremely morally dubious is the quota system. A quota of awards at each level exists, which is divvied up between Theatres by PJHQ. Whilst this is capable of amendment - and isn't necessarily filled - it creates an artificial bar on awards. A relatively quiet 6 months with a few bits of action can give rise to the same number of MCs (say) as an extremely busy 6 months - with the result that acts of bravery go unrecognised because there aren't enough medals to go round. The lack of awards for 1 CHESHIRE on TELIC 4 (where 1 PWRR - rightly - got a load) is a case in point. As far as I'm concerned, bravery is bravery - there should be an bravery threshold, not a numerical threshold.
 
#20
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5326694.stm


Fusilier Daniel "Smudge" Smith, 21, from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, has been awarded a George Medal for trying to save the lives of colleagues on two occasions within the same week when his vehicle patrol was attacked by roadside bombs in Iraq.


Fusilier Smith twice tried to save the lives of injured colleagues

On 5 September 2005 Fusilier Smith was in the second of a two-vehicle patrol when the first one came under attack from a roadside Improvised Explosive Device.

He immediately went to the stricken vehicle and on opening the doors was confronted by the sight of two of his close colleagues having received terrible injuries.

Fusilier Smith, who was medically trained, attempted life saving first aid but his colleague died on the way to the military hospital.

Six days later, on 11 September 2005, Fusilier Smith was again on patrol, this time in Basra city.

The first vehicle was again attacked by a massive roadside improvised device and again Fusilier Smith immediately ran to the burning machine, where his colleagues had massive injuries.

His MoD citation said: "With no regard for his own safety and with his focus firmly on saving those in the vehicle, he commenced the evacuation of the casualties from the burning chaos."

Fusilier Smith, who is based in Cyprus where he lives with his wife Joanna, said: "It's a surprise but a tremendous honour I am going to receive a George Medal.

"But my thoughts at this time are more with the families and friends of the soldiers who were lost that day. We were all close mates and they will not be forgotten."
Well done Danny, brilliant effort.
 

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