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Unread 10th March 2010   #1
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Kiwi in British forces saves lives.

Reported that one of our kiwi men on tour of duty with your British forces in the Sand Pit, has picked up a hand granade and threw it back in time for it to explode in mid air.
Very quick reaction I think and I am sure many others may have done the same in simular circumstances.

Talk here as to wether he will be rewarded for his extreme effort. Time will tell. NZ is very proud of him as I am sure you folk are.
A very brave and great effort I think.

What's your papers saying over there. ??
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That is a very brave and courageous thing to to do, having seen the damage a hand grenade can do. I for one am very proud of that man. His training has has clearly come through, making a split second decision and fast reaction. If he does get some formal reward it will be well deserved. He must be feeling very proud of himself, knowing that he has saved the lives of his comrades, by risking his own life. God bless him.
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Very proud of ALL the boys and girls over there.

Can't really say what is in the papers as I don't bother with them. On the whole they tend to be full of rubish anyway. Rarely do the report important news as those sorts of stories don't sell papers.
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Yes I agree John Our main T V news did an interview with the solder which is one way of getting an accurate report.
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Our papers are full of Celeb who done this who done that. Not about our brave troops. We don't know the half or even quarter of what goes on.

Rikijohn . Well done to your comrade. Your man deserves a medal and I'm sure he will get it. Little comfort for what he and the troops are going thru but at least some sort of recognition for a brave soldier.
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I have a friend who's son was in Afghanistan, came back last year and left the army after doing his 22 years. She said that when he came back from a tour he was usually really up but after his tours there he was very withdrawn and subdued, not like him at all. I suppose we'll never know what our brave troops are seeing and experiencing out there. I pray for their safe return.
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Hi Ellieh, I am sure we will never ever fully appreciate what the men and women of our forces go through when invloved in war zones.

Interesting when T V interviewed the Kiwi Riflemen solder he said he lost a collegue the day before and was not prepared to loose another so if it meant me taking a hit then so be it he said.
Makes you think that they are making decission that many of us would never do. Maybe we would run and leave the fellow staff to look after themselves. ?? maybe we would freeze?? who knows we are not in the situation thank god.

T V here is running ther series Band Of Brothers and we see first hand the traumatic events they went through. Leaving you pondering the reckless waste of life.

Certainly the training today would be much improved but in the end you still have to trust the right decission is made within a split second by an individual in the circumstances at that time.

Our Prime Minister has been talking to your people in regards to what acknowledgment if any the hero will receive.
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our eldest son is currently serving in afganistan with the RAF, not sleeping, not eating just watching the highly inaccurate SKY NEWS.
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our eldest son is currently serving in afganistan with the RAF, not sleeping, not eating just watching the highly inaccurate SKY NEWS.
Well here's keeping fingers crossed he and all his comrades come back safe and sound.
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Yes I agree John Our main T V news did an interview with the solder which is one way of getting an accurate report.
Saw a report on the National TV news here as well, we should all be proud of our lads out there especially as 5 were returned home through Wooten Bassett today
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