VC for Paratrooper Bryan Budd

VC for Para Budd, one of the heroes of Helmand

A paratrooper who launched a lone charge on Taliban lines after his platoon was ambushed is expected to be awarded the Victoria Cross today.

The men of 3Bn the Parachute Regiment will be showered with operational honours including the highest award for gallantry that will be given posthumously to Cpl Bryan Budd.

A soldier who rescued injured comrades from a minefield will receive the George Cross, the highest recognition for gallant conduct when not in the face of the enemy.

During some of the most intense fighting experienced by the British Army in the past half century the airborne forces time and again demonstrated exceptional courage in combat that saw more than 500,000 rounds fired and 1,000 Taliban killed over the summer.

The bravery shown by the 3,300 men of the Helmand Task Force, including Royal Engineers, military police, Royal Artillery and infantry will be recognised by a "hatful of medals", military sources said last night.

The Paras came under fire with several soldiers suffering gunshot wounds. Cpl Budd charged the enemy position while firing with his SA80 rifle on fully automatic. Soon afterwards the enemy's fire dropped off and the soldier's section was able to break away from the contact.

The night before his death Cpl Budd had talked quietly to a military policeman, about his wife and the joy of becoming a father again after discovering she was pregnant.

Cpl Budd, from Ripon, North Yorks, had recently rejoined 3 Para after a successful tour with the Parachute Regiment's elite Pathfinder Platoon, which is used to carry out reconnaissance deep behind enemy lines.

As part of the Pathfinders, he served in many operational theatres including the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq during his 10 years' service.

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Lets hope he gets it

The GC is a bit like that chap who rescued his lads from A10 fire in Iraq, but didnt get the VC because it was friendly fire.

Stories like that, it really does make you think about life, and whether you could possibly ever do anything remotely that brave.
Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends.

Would that our political leaders possessed such courage and loyalty.
A Truly Worthy Recipient..... He surely MUST be awarded the VC

RIP Cpl Budd


A worthy VC, I sincerely hope he gets it.

A son and a father, who denied himself the chance to even see his newborn son because of his valour.

If he doesnt get the VC it is a travesty.

RIP, a true hero.
RIP Bryan, never a more worthy Einherjar.
Indeed my friend, Requiem in Pace

Sincere condolences to friends and family
foxs_marine said:
Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends.

Would that our political leaders possessed such courage and loyalty.

How totally true mate, if only they possessed a tiny percentage of Loyalty and courage then they might just earn an ounce of respect from me, unfortunately Bryans death will only be significant to forces personnel and those fortunate to have known him, the Politicians really couldnt give a flying feck especially that cnut Bliar
h_8204 said:
I hope the report is accurate and he does he get the VC


Ditto, but I do wish 'correspondents' and politicos left the announcement for the propoer authorities in the proper way.

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