Friday, October 31, 2008

UK: Marine Receives George Cross, Already Has Victoria Cross

Although technically the Victoria Cross is his girlfriend's name, not the UK's highest decoration for valor while facing the enemy.

Lance Corporal Croucher received the George Cross, which actually is given for acts fully as valorous as those for which the Victoria Cross is given, but the George Cross does not require the act to occur while facing the enemy. Lance Corporal Croucher dived onto a live grenade to save his comrades, but took the precaution of interposing his backpack between the grenade and his body; the backpack absorbed much of the blast, sparing Lance Corporal Croucher's life.

Anyway, here's a pic of Lance Corporal Croucher receiving his George Cross from Queen Elizabeth II:

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