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A Royal Marine in southern Afghanistan threw himself onto an exploding grenade to save the lives of his patrol.
Miraculously, Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, a marine reservist from Birmingham, survived the blast with little injury when his rucksack and body armour took the force of the blast. He is expected to receive one of the highest awards for gallantry.
Originally posted by Chucktah
Great story! It's good to know that there are people who take an oath to protect their fellow soldiers, and then do it!
This guy should get more than just a metal, he should get an entire country! Or at least a golden wheel barrel to carry around his giant BALLS!!! Nice post!
Originally posted by LateApexer313
I've heard of a lot of heroic acts here and there, but sadly, they are few and far between in the U.S. media outlets.
In May 2006, only a month into his first deployment to Iraq, the 25-year-old Navy SEAL from Garden Grove, Calif., ran under fire into a street to drag to safety a wounded comrade who was shot in the leg, earning a Silver Star for his courage.
On Sept. 29, 2006, another act of valor would cost Monsoor his life -- and save the lives of three comrades. For that act, he will posthumously be awarded a Medal of Honor on April 8, the White House said yesterday.
Monsoor "distinguished himself through conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life," said an official summary of action. He is the first sailor and the third service member overall to receive a Medal of Honor for actions in the war in Iraq. [url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/31/AR2008033102330.html?nav=hcmodule]source