Thursday, November 1, 2012

Heroism indeed!

An Australian soldier, Corporal Daniel Keighran, has just been awarded that nation's highest honor for valor in action, the Victoria Cross for Australia (equivalent to the US Medal of Honor), for his actions in Afghanistan in 2010.  Here's a video report of the presentation.

And here's video footage of the firefight during which his actions took place.  I don't know whether he's among the soldiers shown in the video, but he was part of their unit.

You can read more about the award here. A tip o' the hat to reader Snoggeramus for sending me the link.

From all of us military and combat veterans to Corporal Keighran, a very respectful 'Saaaa-lute!'



Old NFO said...

Hand SALUTE- Ready, Two! Congrats to Cpl Keighran for a well deserved award!

Anonymous said...

Worth mentioning that he started as a "Digger" and has since retired from being a soldier and now works as a .... miner (forgive the coincidental pun) at a gold mine in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.


LL said...

I'm glad that he survived to receive The Medal. It sounds as though it was very well deserved.

trailbee said...

He has survived and has made it home and begun another life. In my book, that has to be heroism in it's finest form. Congratulations on the Award, but also for using his brains to assess the a serious risk factor were he to remain when not absolutely necessary!!