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The “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K. endures through both times of peace and times of conflict, when we most need the friendships and support of our staunchest allies. One British soldier’s story should be particularly celebrated here in the U.S., for it embodies the unmatched value of the bilateral partnership on the battlefield.
A few weeks ago Queen Elizabeth bestowed her nation’s highest military honor — the Victoria Cross, which has never before been awarded to a living solider in the Afghanistan conflict -- on British paratrooper Joshua Leakey, who risked his life multiple times to save an American Marine officer.
According to the BBC, Leakey “showed ‘complete disregard’ for his own safety during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan,” where “despite coming under fire from [20 insurgents armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades], L/Cpl Leakey twice came to the aid of a wounded U.S. Marine Corps captain and helped forces regain the initiative after they had been pinned down by fire and surrounded by insurgents…. During the battle, 11 insurgents were killed and four were wounded.”
In a statement provided by the Marine Corps, Marine Capt. Brian Bocian, the injured American officer Leakey saved, said: "The fact that he chose to leave his position to help me speaks to his courage and character …. I am happy to hear that he is being formally recognized. He deserves it."
To the men and women serving in uniform - American and all of our Allies
Thank You for your service.
God Bless the United States / God Save the Queen
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: Xcathdra
Beyond 'special relationships' and the horrors of 'warfare, there are all these stories of human endeavour and bravery. It often seems like soldiers are blamed for war when all they do is follow the calls of duty.
Leakey's interview in the video shows him to be a modest, self-effacing young man who had a situation thrust upon him and he came through it with dignity intact. Up and down the hill twice, and under fire, he deserves the medal.
In the video, he's all nerves and in combat he was all business.