NZ SAS trooper awarded VC

Not at all mundane or pointless, but for the first time ever a serving SAS trooper has received the Victoria Cross. Corporal Willy Apiata carried a seriously wounded comrade 70 metres under fire during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2004.

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For those who don’t know, the VC is the top award in the Commonweath for bravery and is cast from a captured Russian cannon in the Siege of Sevastopol between 1854-1855.

These guys operate under secrecy, and as far as I know this is the first time a serving trooper has been identified. I don’t know how having his details published will effect his career, or will he now be moved into a desk job?

Who knows what will happen but wasn’t he the most humble sounding bloke ever.

Good on you Willy.

I saw the news in yesterday’s paper. A very great honour.