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March 18, 2005

First Victoria Cross in 20 Years

Attila is quite correct to have the Union Jack next to the American flag at the top of his blog page.

The Telegraph (UK) reports another example of the bravery of British forces fighting in Iraq.

Private Johnson Beharry, 25, born on the island of Grenada, was given the Victoria Cross for leading his team to safety after it was ambushed by insurgents in southern Iraq.

Private Beharry becomes the first living recipient of a Victoria Cross - the highest award bestowed on British and Commonwealth soldiers for gallantry in the face of the enemy - since 1965.

It is the first Victoria Cross awarded since Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Jones and Sergeant Ian John McKay received posthumous awards after the Falklands War.