Daniel Keighran, a member of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in Afghanistan.
According to news reports:
Corporal Keighran “…was involved in a firefight between Taliban fighters and Australian and Afghan troops. He repeatedly broke cover to draw fire, allowing the enemy locations to be identified and neutralised.
In the citation it was noted the enemy fire was “accurate and intense”. He repeatedly exposed himself to life-threatening gunfire coming from multiple directions.
On one occasion he moved from cover to draw fire away from a team that was treating a casualty, and then assisted in clearing the landing zone for an evacuation. The Australian and Afghan forces sustained no further injuries.”
The guy basically turned himself into a hunter’s decoy to draw fire from the enemy. Stunning.
Thank you for your service, Corporal Keighran.