Daniel Keighran - VC action at Derapet

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1 min 1 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions on 24 August, 2010 in Afghanistan in a village called Derapet, Uruzgan province and it was for a three and a half hour firefight contact and during the course of that operation one of my mates was wounded, he took a round to the left hand shoulder.

It was at the point when we were pretty much outnumbered, we were about 40 people strong on the ground and we were facing well over 100 Taliban fighters and my actions I suppose, you know I had no other courses of action available to me or that's how I saw it, so I drew fire onto myself to enable them to, one, to work on the casualty and, two, to potentially identify targets to help assist in targeting them as I drew fire away from the guys treating him.

I did this numerous times and I was awarded, or was nominated for Australia's highest military honour.

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