UK Soldier Rescues Injured US Sergeant

It’s been said that being in a war takes the measure of a man. That is, the stress of killing or being
killed tends to bring out either the best or worst in people. In
the case of UK paratrooper Peter McKinley, age 21, it may have been the
former.

According to the Manchester newspaper
article
, a U.S. supply convoy was ambushed in a region of Afghanistan called Sangin. One hundred
British paratroopers were sent to rescue the convoy. During the
engagement, two Americans were pinned down and wounded. Hearing their
cries for help, Private McKinley, in the face of rocket propelled
grenades and withering machine gun fire, selflessly ran across open
ground to reach the location of the two men. Then, amid incoming rounds
that continued to rain around him, and with complete disregard for his
own safety, he provided first aide care to the seriously wounded
sergeant.

Victoria Cross award.If the newspaper account is accurate,
and I have no reason to believe it is not, then it is not surprising
that Private McKinley is being nominated for Britain’s highest war time
award – the Victoria
Cross
. The VC, as it is sometimes called, is awarded ‘to those officers or men
who have served us in the presence of the enemy and shall then have
performed some signal act of valour or devotion to their country’.
If the award is so bestowed, McKinley will apparently be only the second living individual in the last 40 years to
be so honored.

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