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The men and women who serve overseas should have nothing but the highest respect from society, whether they be Americans or our Allies. There are some who go above and beyond the call of duty. These are the ones who show true selflessness in their heroic actions. They are the people who are awarded the Medal of Honor, or the Victoria Cross if they’re a British soldier.
Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey is one of those men who deserves nothing but praise. Last week, he became the fifteenth recipient of the Victoria Cross since WWII. He received the award for his actions during a joint U.S./U.K. raid on the Taliban in 2013, when he showed nothing short of extraordinary bravery.
From The Guardian:
A US marine corps captain was shot and their communications were put out of action. After an hour, Leakey ran across the hillside, gained the crest and saw comrades from two machine-gun teams surrounded by about 20 Taliban and unable to provide covering fire.
He was the most junior member of the group, but he took control, gave first aid to the wounded US captain and began the process of evacuation. He went back down the hill, took control of one of the machine-guns, even though it had bullets ricocheting off its frame at the time, and then took off again down the hillside.
Listening to that gave me chills. Damn glad to have this man on our side. Joshua Leakey is a real hero, one who we should all thank for his acts of selflessness while he risked his life in order to save his troops. God bless you, Joshua..
[via The Guardian]