WAR hero Johnson Beharry had his Victoria Cross tattooed on his back â and says it hurt more than being blown up.
The brave driver, 28, was awarded Britainâs top military gong after saving 30 comradesâ lives in two ambushes.
He suffered horrific head injuries in a blast inches from his face â but said the five visits to his local tattooist were WORSE.
Lance Corporal Beharry said: âHaving this tattoo done was the worst pain I have experienced in my life. I suffered more for this than being in the blast.
âI just had to grit my teeth and think of the British Army.â
L/Cpl Beharry is the first living soldier to get the VC in 40 years. He says he got the tattoo so he ânever has to take it offâ.
As the design was finished yesterday after six months of sessions, the Grenada-born soldier said: âAt last I feel the medal is part of me.â
Tattooist David Groves, 28, of High Wycombe, Bucks, said: âIt was a dream job for me.â
Beharry was awarded the VC in March 2005 â ten months after a rocket-propelled grenade blast.
It sent bone splinters into his brain and his eyes filled with blood â but he still drove eight comrades from the First Battalion, Princess of Walesâ Royal Regiment to safety.
A month earlier Beharry braved bullets to drive troops out of another ambush in Al-Amarah, Iraq.
Wonder if I can find anyone to put my Telic gong on my back....