GG honours 22 soldiers with military decorations
Wednesday, December 08, 2010OTTAWA, Ontario — His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, recently presented 39 military decorations during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Twenty-two deserving members from the Army were among the honourees.
Governor General Johnston awarded 3 Medals of Military Valour, 2 Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 34 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to Canadian Forces (CF) and allied forces members.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to express my gratitude and admiration—and the gratitude and admiration of all Canadians—to you and to all members of the Canadian Forces,” he said, opening the ceremony. “Each of you—whether you served near home or in a war zone thousands of kilometres from your families—is a hero, and I thank you on behalf of all Canadians for the exceptional contributions and acts of bravery that brought you here today.”
The Governor General presented the Medal of Military Valour (MMV) to three deserving soldiers during the ceremony, in recognition of acts of valour, self-sacrifice or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. Master Corporal Paul Alexander Munroe, Corporal Joshua O’Toole and Master Corporal Paul D. Rachynski all performed heroic acts under fire that allowed their allies and patrols to emerge from dangerous situations in Afghanistan.
MCpl Munroe risked his life to coordinate a withdrawal for his platoon amid constant enemy fire in Afghanistan. While fully exposed to the violence of the enemy, MCpl Munroe’s heroic actions enabled the platoon to regroup and continue the fight, and prevented the enemy from acquiring any stricken Canadian equipment...
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