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Friday, September 13, 2013

UK widow forced to sell hero husband's medals?

Widow of bomb disposal expert killed in Afghanistan forced to sell his medals
Mirror UK
Richard Smith
13 Sep 2013

He became the first serviceman in 30 years to win the prestigious George Medal twice for saving lives in Iraq and Afghanistan

The widow of a fearless Army bomb disposal expert who was killed in Afghanistan is having to sell his medals to provide for her family.

Warrant Officer Gary O’Donnell became the first serviceman in 30 years to win the prestigious George Medal twice for saving lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of his heroic feats include defusing 11 Taliban bombs in 24 hours, disabling an armed rocket pointed at a British base in Basra, and jamming his fingers into a bomb’s trigger as it slammed shut.

But in 2008, the 40-year-old hero, who defused at least 50 improvised explosive devices during two tours of Afghanistan, was blown up by an IED as he cleared a path for soldiers.
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