July 2nd, 2007

Congratulations to Corporal Willy Apiata, the first New Zealander to win a Victoria Cross since World War Two. In the words of Helen Clark, as quoted in that NZ Herald article:

“Corporal Apiata carried a severely wounded fellow soldier across open ground while coming under intense attack. He did this despite the extreme danger to himself.”

Follow that link to the article if you want to know the full story.

The only question I have about this article is why there is all of a sudden a photo and a name of an SAS soldier published for all to see. Normally they’re so absolutely super-secret the US Department of Defence provides more information about their activities than anybody in the New Zealand government.

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