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He has been recognised with the VC almost 70 years after another member of his family was awarded the same honour.
L/Cpl Leakey's second cousin twice removed, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, was a posthumous recipient of the VC in November 1945, for his actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.
He has been awarded the medal for his bravery during an assault on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province, on 22 August 2013.
Despite coming under enemy fire, L/Cpl Leakey twice came to the aid of a wounded US Marine Corps captain and helped forces regain the initiative after they had been pinned down by fire and surrounded by insurgents.
The VC is just another propaganda tool like all medals and awards....More godamn brainwashing techniques applied to the common people...get a grip...
originally posted by: DrChinstrap
a reply to: ThePeaceMaker
This man like many others didn't join the army to kill or to want wars to happen
Let's be real, they all joined because they wanted some action and they all want to make kills.
pretty much hit the nail on the head there.
originally posted by: CX
Thumbs up to the guy for what he did, but i wouldn't slate Stirling for his comments. Whilst it's great to be recognized for exceptional acts of bravery like this, you have to be pretty blinkered to not look at other views and sides of the arguement.
I've seen soldiers commit unbelievable acts of bravery, yet the hierachy got a medal to talk about over tea and biscuits and not the ones who carried out the act.
Yes this guy did an amazing thing, but i'd rather see medals replaced with an unconditional promise that they'd be looked after by the goverment when they leave the service. A medal doesn't guaruntee you anything. Ok maybe a VC will lead you right a little more than an active service medal, but you know what i mean.
And like it or not, there are many that will get very goey eyed when medals are dished out, yet in my opinion, they are often nothing more than a token that will shut you up and keep you fighting another politicians war.
Spoken from someone who has served, does appreciate the troops and who has got a medal.
Good lads though the Para's, worked with them for six months in S. Armagh, not many units you'd rather have on your side.