Tuesday, 26 March 2013

British Army private risked life to save fellow soldier




Congratulations to Private Lewis Murphy who has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery. He removed his helmet and body armour, under attack, to carry a stricken comrade to safety. While on operations in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, during Operation Herrick 16 last year, Pte Murphy, of the Yorkshire Regiment, was part of a team tasked with finding 4 insurgents who had abducted an Afghan Police Officer. Following them across the Helmand River into a neighbouring company’s area through horrendous terrain comprised of dense vegetation, thick mud and with visibility limited to less than 1 metre at times, night began to fall as they continued their stealthy progress. Suddenly, the insurgents opened fire with machine guns from less than 10 metres. A hail of bullets struck 2 of Pte Murphy’s fellow soldiers, 1 suffering from a serious gunshot wound to the neck, another having a lucky escape as a round struck his body armour.

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