Secret medals for unsung heroes of the SAS and SBS
By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent
Special Air Service and Special Boat Service troops hailed for their bravery in operations against al-Qa'eda and Taliban fighters during the war in
Afghanistan have won a dozen top military gallantry awards.
Members of the SAS, SBS and the Royal Air Force squadrons that fly their aircraft are awarded four Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses, five Military
Crosses and three Distinguished Flying Crosses today."
And this bit CRACKS me up
"At least one member of the SBS was also thought to be in line for a VC. The SBS senior NCO led a patrol of half a dozen SBS commandos who rescued a
CIA officer from the Qala-i-Jangi prison near Mazar-i-Sharif in November last year."
If your SF are so good why cant you do it yourself
"AMERICA is to award the Congressional Medal of Honour, the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, to a British Special Boat Service commando who led the
rescue of a CIA officer from an Afghan prison revolt.
It will be the first time the medal has been awarded to a living foreigner. The Queen will have to give permission for the SBS soldier to wear it.
The SBS senior NCO led a patrol of half-a-dozen SBS commandos who rescued a member of the CIA's special activities section from the fort at
Qala-i-Jangi near Mazar-i-Sharif, last November. The fort was holding 500 al-Qa'eda and Taliban prisoners, many of whom had not been searched and
were still armed.
An exchange of fire developed into a full-scale revolt and two CIA officers who had been interrogating the prisoners were caught in the battle. One,
Johnny "Mike" Spann, was killed by the prisoners. The other, who has been named only as Dave, was trapped inside.
The SBS patrol was about to leave the area when the revolt broke out but returned to rescue Dave. The uprising went on for three days and the SBS
commandos remained throughout, bringing down aerial fire to quell the revolt.
The battle was one of the most contentious episodes in the war last year with human rights groups raising concerns over air strikes against prisoners,
some of them unarmed. The SBS is often seen as a poor relation of the SAS but has been present at all leading special forces operations of recent
The eagerness of the Americans to recognise the courage of the NCO contrasts with suspicion within the regiment that two SAS soldiers being considered
for VCs for an attack on the al-Qa'eda cave complex will not get them.
One led the main attack on the heavily defended al-Qa'eda mountain cave complex near Kandahar while the other directed aerial fire at extreme risk to
Go SBS and SAS do those Yanks jobs