Misschien 2 VC's voor acties in Afghanistan

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Misschien 2 VC's voor acties in Afghanistan

Berichtdoor 49thRecce » 02 Sep 2007, 20:29

"Maybe I was brave, I don't know. At the time I was just doing the job, I didn't have time for other thoughts."—Private Johnson Beharry VC.

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Berichtdoor Henk-Willem » 03 Sep 2007, 18:05

er staat inderdaad dat ze genomineerd zijn. maar we zullen zien of ze er uiteindelijk ook eentje mogen ontvangen.

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Berichtdoor 49thRecce » 22 Dec 2007, 21:17

Is hier al enig nieuw over...??
"Maybe I was brave, I don't know. At the time I was just doing the job, I didn't have time for other thoughts."—Private Johnson Beharry VC.

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Berichtdoor 49thRecce » 12 Apr 2008, 22:11

14th December 2007

It is announced today that Corporal Bryan Budd of 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment is to be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for gallantry in Afghanistan.

On 20th August 2006, he was part of a 24-man patrol which was sent to clear a cornfield to protect Royal Engineers working in the area. The Paras came under heavy fire from the Taliban firing from behind a wall. With several comrades lying wounded, Corporal Budd single-handedly charged the enemy position causing the enemy fire to slacken, thus enabling his section and the wounded to reach shelter. His body was later recovered lying with two dead Taliban.


Corporal Bryan Budd 3rd Bn Parachute Regiment

CORPORAL BRYAN BUDD VC
3RD BATTALION, THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT.


On Wednesday, 7th March 2007, the widow of Corporal Bryan Budd, Lorena Budd, attended an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace where she received from the Queen the Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to her husband.
She attended the Palace with Corporal Budd's stepfather, his sister and brother. Seven other members of 3 Para also received honours for their service in Afghanistan.


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During July and August 2006, 'A' Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment were deployed in the District Centre at Sangin. They were constantly under sustained attack from a combination of Taliban small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and rocket fire.
On 27 July 2006, whilst on a routine patrol, Corporal Bryan Budd's section identified and engaged two enemy gunmen on the roof of a building in the centre of Sangin. During the ensuing fierce fire-fight, two of Corporal Budd's section were hit. One was seriously injured and collapsed in the open ground, where he remained exposed to enemy fire, with rounds striking the ground around him. Corporal Budd realised that he needed to regain the initiative and that the enemy needed to be driven back so that the casualty could be evacuated.

Under fire, he personnally led the attack on the building where the enemy fire was heaviest, forcing the remaining fighters to flee across an open field where they were successfully engaged. This courageous and prompt action proved decisive in breaking the enemy and was undertaken at great personal risk. Corporal Budd's decisive leadership and conspicuous gallantry allowed his wounded colleague to be evacuated to safety where he subsequently received life-saving treatment.

A month later, on 20 August 2006, Corporal Budd was leading his section on the right forward flank of a platoon clearance patrol near Sangin District Centre. Another section was advancing with a Land Rover fitted with a .50 calibre heavy machine gun on the patrol's left flank. Pushing through thick vegetation, Corporal Budd identified a number of enemy fighters 30 metres ahead. Undetected, and in an attempt to surprise and destroy the enemy, Corporal Budd, initiated a flanking manoeuvre. However, the enemy spotted the Land Rover on the left flank and the element of surprise was lost for the whole platoon.

In order to regain the initiative, Corporal Budd decided to assault the enemy and ordered his men to follow him. As they moved forward the section came under a withering fire that incapacitated three of his men. The continued enemy fire and these losses forced the section to take cover. But, Corporal Budd continued to assault on his own, knowing full well the likely consequences of doing so without the close support of his remaining men. He was wounded but continued to move forward, attacking and killing the enemy as he rushed their position.

Inspired by Corporal Budd's example, the rest of the platoon reorganised and pushed forward their attack, eliminating more of the enemy and eventually forcing their withdrawal. Corporal Budd susequently died of his wounds, and when his body was later recovered it was found surrounded by three dead Taliban.

Corporal Budd's conspicuous gallantry during these two engagements saved the lives of many of his colleagues. He acted in the full knowledge that the rest of his men had either been struck down or had been forced to go to ground. His determination to press home a single-handed assault against a superior enemy force despite his wounds stands out as a premeditated act of inspirational leadership and supreme valour. In recognition of this, Corporal Budd is awarded the Victoria Cross.



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Bryan Budd enlisted into the Parachute Regiment in December 1995, subsequently passing the rigorous selection process for 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platooon, an elite unit specially trained for long range reconnaissance missions. Whilst part of that platoon, he served in many operational theatres, including Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

He joined 'A' Company of 3 PARA in early June 2006 in the middle of Operation Herrick IV, serving in Helmand Province at a time when the Company was principally concered with helping the Afghan Government counter a resurgence in Taliban activity centred in and around the town of Sangin.

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"Maybe I was brave, I don't know. At the time I was just doing the job, I didn't have time for other thoughts."—Private Johnson Beharry VC.

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Berichtdoor 49thRecce » 12 Apr 2008, 23:07

2de VC voor Afghanistan actie?

Na het lezen van dit artikel moet ik concluderen dat deze actie VC waardig was.....wie weet dus...!

Wie weet ooit weer een ontmoeting met een VC winnaar?! :wink:
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Berichtdoor Henk-Willem » 13 Apr 2008, 15:52

ooit WEER een ontmoeting? Heb je er al meer ontmoet?

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Berichtdoor 49thRecce » 13 Apr 2008, 19:22

Henk-Willem schreef:ooit WEER een ontmoeting? Heb je er al meer ontmoet?

Yep,ik heb Johnson Beharry VC vorig jaar in Engeland ontmoet op The War & Peace Show.
Ik sta met hem op diverse foto's en heb 2 boeken laten signeren ;)

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http://www.onderscheidingenforum.nl/vie ... =1078#1078
"Maybe I was brave, I don't know. At the time I was just doing the job, I didn't have time for other thoughts."—Private Johnson Beharry VC.

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Berichtdoor 49thRecce » 24 Jul 2008, 22:21

49thRecce schreef:2de VC voor Afghanistan actie?

Na het lezen van dit artikel moet ik concluderen dat deze actie VC waardig was.....wie weet dus...!

Wie weet ooit weer een ontmoeting met een VC winnaar?! :wink:


Het is The George Cross geworden!

Marine who threw himself on exploding grenade to protect comrades awarded George Cross
By Daily Mail Reporter
A Royal Marine who threw himself on to an exploding grenade to save the lives of his comrades is to receive the George Cross.
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher stepped on a trip-wire which triggered the device during a night raid on a Taliban compound in Afghanistan.
Realising that three other members of his patrol would be killed if he did not act, he launched himself forward to smother the explosion, managing to twist on to his back to let his rucksack take the full force of the blast.
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher with his shredded rucksack. Having stepped on a trip-wire he threw himself on to the device allowing the rucksack to bear the brunt of the explosion and thereby save the lives of three colleagues
The explosion hurled him across the compound leaving him stunned, bleeding profusely from the nose and almost deaf.
His rucksack was shredded and burning shrapnel from the kit he had been carrying was scattered around the area, with pieces found embedded in his helmet and body armour.
Miraculously the 24-year-old Marine survived and within minutes was on his feet, refusing evacuation and demanding to be allowed to stay with the patrol. He helped set an ambush and shot dead a Taliban insurgent in the ensuing gunfight.
Lance Cpl Croucher recalled later: 'I thought, "I've set this bloody thing off and I'm going to do whatever it takes to protect the others".
'The lads behind me would have caught a lot. I'm very tight with the other three guys. There's been a few times when they've saved my bacon.
'I figured that if I could keep my torso and head intact I'd probably survive any other injuries - although I fully expected to lose a limb.'
The George Cross ranks alongside the Victoria Cross as the highest medal for valour.
The VC is awarded for outstanding bravery 'in the face of the enemy' and is often regarded as more prestigious, although the GC recognises the same level of gallantry in cases where no enemy is present.
"Maybe I was brave, I don't know. At the time I was just doing the job, I didn't have time for other thoughts."—Private Johnson Beharry VC.


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