Australian awarded VC for actions in Afghanistan

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  1. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Very proud.

    Trooper Mark Donaldson receives Victoria Cross for bravery in Afghanistan | Herald Sun

  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    This make him the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia.

    Soldier awarded VC for Afghanistan bravery - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  3. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Brief details of the action. I seem to remember having read of the action previously.

    First Aussie soldier in 40 years gets VC > National >

  4. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Here's the link as originally posted on here: and another brave participant in the same action:

    Trooper Mark Donaldson awarded Victoria Cross for actions in Afghanistan | National News |

  5. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I love this part .... He was at the ceremony with his wife !!

    Wonderful story !

  6. John

    John Active Member

    Trooper Mark Donaldson has carried on the tradition of The Australian Army with his very brave action in Afghanistan. He will wear his VC with pride.
    I believe this is the 97th VC won by Australians in our history of wars.
  7. war hawk

    war hawk New Member

    He did a heroic act.:)
  8. ABMM

    ABMM New Member

    Outstanding! I believe that TPR Donaldson might be the first soldier to be awarded the VC during service with the SASR. I'm just glad that it wasn't posthumous. A big win for the chicken stranglers.

    That particular contact is going to be a very interesting story when the full details emerge in a few years.
  9. Adrian Roberts

    Adrian Roberts Active Member

    Its good that heroism is still recognised as such.

    I heard about this on the BBC Radio 4 6pm news, but I regret to say it wasn't on the BBC1 TV News at Ten, or in the on-line newspaper that I read.

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