Saturday, March 19, 2005

Pvt. Beharry, VC

A little more on yesterday's announcement of the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Private Johnson Beharry of the British Army:

Announcement at the Ministry of Defence site, includes an interesting shot of the piece of metal - the cascabel of a captured Russian cannon from the Crimean War - that Victoria Crosses are cast from. There is supposedly enough metal for 85 more VCs. Also note General Sir Michael Jackson, Chief of the General Staff. Observe that the British don't give out medals like candy. Compare Sir Michael to our generals, who now look like Soviet Marshals bedecked with their perfect attendence ribbons. More on UK military medals here. The other living VC recipients are listed here. The most Victoria Crosses awarded for one action: Rorke's Drift, 1879, 11.

A bad war still has brave men fighting in it. The same was eminently true of Vietnam.


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