Australian Awarded Victoria Cross

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Well perhaps it is off-topic, but I'm sure there are plenty of current and ex-forces members of EO who have fought for our freedom...to travel this great country of ours!

We should all salute him!

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:19

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:19
Yes something very special indeed.
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Reply By: Garbutt - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:25

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:25
Thanks for bringing it to my attention Landy. I love my sport but get annoyed when sports people are refered to as heroes, blokes like Trooper Donaldsonand his mates are the real heroes.
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:35

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:35
To true Garbutt, maybe the media might know think twice about who they call hero's.
And to Trooper Donaldson good onja mate well deserved.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:00

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With you Garbutt...love sport....but anyone who puts themselves on the business end of a gun in a theatre of war......true heros!
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Reply By: Lotzi - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:58

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:58
Well done Troop and all members of the ADF.
Remember, now you don't have to salute first.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:06

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 13:06
Hi All

I agree, Trooper Donaldson is a Hero of the highest order, he is a
credit to Australia, and all our passed and serving members of the
Armed Forces deserved to be recognised as well, they should be
better compensated for there efforts while serving and when they
retire, more so than our fat cats in parliment.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:06

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 14:06
Good to see some recognition for those who put their lives on the line for not only Australia but those who need it the most.

It is nearly 12 months now since the ADF and I parted ways and DVA are still dragging the chain with compensation claims.

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Follow Up By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 17:26

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 17:26
Kev

It took me nearly 20 years to get my claims recognised by DVA.

PM me and I'll pass some tips.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:06

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:06
Recieved 2nd attempt at MM

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Reply By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 17:30

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 17:30
The Victoria Cross doesn't come around too often. This is only the 96th awarded in its history. Peter Donaldson is a REAL hero.

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Follow Up By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 19:12

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 19:12
Just watched the 1800 hrs news on Channel Nine.

His name is Mark Donaldson. SAS Trooper.

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:35

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:35
Landy

I know it's probably not the time to ask, but when did Australia start call solders Troopers? Or have we (Australians) allway called them that?

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:38

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:38
AFAIK SAS members have always been known as Troopers (short for Paratroopers I presume).

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:42

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Thanks Kev

Makes sence

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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 12:21

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 12:21
All a matter of history Richard.

Armoured Corps (tanks), Cavalry (light armoured) and SAS are all referred to as Trooper. In infantry and several other Corps, they are referred to as 'Private'.

My wife's brother, for example, was Trooper David Pearce. He was our first soldier killed in Afghanistan and was a member of the 2nd/14th Light Horse, a Cavalry unit.

I was delighted to here that Trooper Donaldson has now been named and honoured. When the news on his actions first broke, he was referred to as 'Trooper F'. What a great honour for him, his unit and all of our soldiers we are serving, or have served in our current conflicts.

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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:44

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:44
indeed.

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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:43

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:43
Death is permanent and Bullets Maim, and he had the Guts to do it.
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Follow Up By: Dunco (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:51

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:51
Thanks for adding this Landy as I have every admiration for Trooper Donaldson. A TRUE Australian....it should be front page news around Australia, not what is happening in Gaza


It's a pity that Bushfix had to have a whinge about something else and ruin the thread.
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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 15:13

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 15:13
Top stuff to Trooper Donaldson and its good to see recognition of bravery is given to worthy people.

I also agree that sports people are not hero's, to me its a poor choice of word. The same as Trooper Donalson WINS a VC, to me thats a also a poor choice of a word.

Its not a contest, I feel the media needs to select the words more carefully.

Trooper Donalson is awarded the VC etc etc.

Irrespective well done and the day cannot come quick enough for our soldiers to be back home.

Hopefully no - one takes offence to the above as none are intended.

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