Latest VC recipient

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  1. Wildcat

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    Trooper Mark Donaldson has today became the latest Australian to be awarded a VC, the first since the Vietnam war.
    Australian digger Trooper Mark Donaldson awarded Victoria Cross for heroic gallantry

    His VC citation reads -
    From Sky News: Full text of Donaldson VC citation
     
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    Fu*kin A, one hell of a soldier.... We all owe that kid a beer....
     

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    I read he is the first recipient of the VC from any nation in over 40 years. As a mark of respect he was saluted by the Chief Of the Defence Forces, Angus Houston, our highest ranking officer.

    He is a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, with only 10 other surviving recipients alive in the world today.

    True to Australian style, Trooper Donaldson does not believe he is a hero, just a mate, doing what mates do

    He can be my friend anytime
     
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    Heros get sung about in songs and ditties.... Piss on that...

    This guy did it right and he deserves this honor...
     
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    Agreed Dan. Parsifal I believe a Kiwi was awarded a VC a year or two ago?
     
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    I'll stand corrected on that. I was relying what I had seen on the news, shows how much you can rely on the media
     
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    Hell of a soldier :salute:
     
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    Jeez, that guy was superman. Amazing he survived.
     
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    B****y marvellous! He deserves all the praise he can shoulder, as well as the 'Cross. And, he is still alive to recieve it, which is almost unusual for a V.C. recipient.
     
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    IIRC There have been 3 recipients of the VC since the War on Terror began. The Aussie SASR Trooper, a Kiwi SASR Trooper, and a Brit Squaddie earned one in Iraq as well.

    Footnote: My Great-Great Uncle earned a VC as a Blenheim Pilot during WW2. He also lived to recieve his award.
     
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    Wow, that guy certainly deserves it! He did two or three things in there that would warrant one.
     
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    :salute:

    His first Australian in 40years to receive the VC.
     
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    The forty year 'gap' closes as they meet one another...

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    Keith Payne's story...

    PAYNE
     
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