MIL you guys see this? Victoria Cross Receipient

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  1. clever_username

    clever_username Active Member

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_Beharry

    he earned it in iraq.

    only 1,355 have been awarded, as opposed to 3460 for the cmoh. and the vc has been around longer. guess the brits are picky when it comes to that sort of recognition. then again, this guy seems to have done just as much as a number of americans i've heard about.

     
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    I wonder if 1,355 includes the rest of the Commonwealth..
     
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    Couple of interesting things, they're cast from cannon captured during the crimean war, three guys have won it twice, some have been awarded after being recommended by the enemy (both times it was Captains of opposing German Navy ships IIRC).

    The US Unknown soldier was awarded one too.
     
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    yep. canucks, aussies, indians, and kiwis have all recieved it.

    there are only 12 living reciepients left.
     
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    One of the V.C. Canuck receivers came from my regiment. R.I.P
     
  6. SweetDaddyO

    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    the disparity between the MOH and the VC numbers are due in large part to the fact that early on in US history, especially during the Civil War, the MOH was awarded for acts of bravery that today would not earn an MOH. thousands of MOHs were awarded to Civil War soldiers - it didn't hold the same standards as the modern MOH does.

    i'd say by now the two awards are about equal on the "pickiness" scale
     
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    Amazing
     
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    Yeah I know that, we used to have a relatives but my grandmother wanted to donate it so it would be taken care of, be see by more people etc. It went to the Australian War Memorial, they have the largest collection of VCs in the world in a display called the Hall of Valour, each persons medal displayed with a photo and a blurb of why it was awarded.

    This bloke was my relative:

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