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Valour

Group shot of the recipients at the 2 November 2010 presentation ceremony held at Rideau Hall

GG2010-0607-040, by Master Corporal Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall.

Group shot of the recipients at the 2 November 2010 presentation ceremony held at Rideau Hall.

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Canada’s military valour decorations, namely, the Victoria Cross, the Star of Military Valour, and the Medal of Military Valour, were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on 1 January 1993. All the decorations may be awarded posthumously.

The Victoria Cross is awarded for the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

The Star of Military Valour is awarded for distinguished or valiant service in the presence of the enemy.

The Medal of Military Valour is awarded for an act of valour or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

Star of Military Valour

Star of Military Valour

Medal of Military Valour

Medal of Military Valour

The Mention in Dispatches was created to recognize members of the Canadian Forces on active service and other individuals working with or in conjunction with the Canadian Forces for valiant conduct, devotion to duty, or other distinguished service. Recipients are entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf on the appropriate campaign or service medal ribbon. Like the military valour decorations, the Mention in Dispatches may be awarded posthumously.

On 2 November 2010, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, awarded three Medals of Military Valour to members of the Canadian Forces who displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat. These decorations, along with 36 Meritorious Service Decorations, were presented at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall. The ranks of those honoured reflect the substantive ranks held by the recipients at the time of the respective combat incidents.

At the ceremony, His Excellency said, in part:

“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.”

“And I am delighted to be presenting these honours to you, the bravest of the brave. You are an exceptional group and I am proud to be with you today.”

“131 years ago, Sir John A. Macdonald wrote to Lord Lorne, then Canada’s Governor General, ‘I hope the practice of conferring honours will not degenerate into a matter of course.’”

“‘Matter of course’ implies something ordinary. But there is nothing ordinary about these honours, just as there was nothing ordinary about the acts by which they were earned.”

“Each of you is here because you, in a variety of extraordinary ways, went beyond what your fellow Canadians could reasonably have asked of you.”

“We are recognizing your acts of courage and selflessness in the face of enemy fire…”

“As your commander-in-chief, I am immensely grateful to you all.”

“Canadians are also grateful to your families for sharing you with the Canadian Forces for this important work.”

“I want to close by saying once more two words that I know you do not hear often enough: thank you.”

“You make us very proud.”


Medal of Military Valour

  1. Master Corporal Paul Alexander Munroe
  2. Corporal Joshua OToole
  3. Master Corporal Paul D. Rachynski

[Editors Note: The citation for Master Corporal Munroes award, along with that of Warrant Officer Michael William Jackson, was published in the immediately previous issue of the Canadian Military Journal. However, for continuity and clarification, it will be re-published here. Warrant Officer Jacksons award will be presented at a later date.]

 

Citations

Warrant Officer Michael William Jackson, MMV, CD
Vancouver and Abbotsford, British Columbia
Master Corporal Paul Alexander Munroe, MMV, CD
Stonewall and Swan River, Manitoba,
Medal of Military Valour

In the midst of a three-hour battle in Afghanistan on August 19, 2006, Warrant Officer Jackson and Master Corporal Munroes platoon was forced to conduct a withdrawal while under enemy fire. Fully exposed to the violence of the enemy, these soldiers risked their lives to coordinate the safe movement of personnel and damaged vehicles. Their heroic actions under constant fire enabled the platoon to regroup and continue the fight, while denying the enemy an opportunity to capture and make use of stricken Canadian equipment.

Master Corporal Paul Alexander Munroe and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

GG2010-0291-001, by Master Corporal Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston presents the Medal of Military Valour to Master Corporal Munroe.


Corporal Joshua OToole, MMV
Hampton, New Brunswick
Medal of Military Valour

On October 21, 2008, Corporal O’Toole was manning the defensive tower of a combat outpost, in Afghanistan, when it was attacked by insurgents. As rounds impacted the tower and rocket propelled grenades sailed over his head, Corporal O’Toole left the security of his location to fire an anti-armour weapon at the attacker’s location. After a successful hit, he remained in a highly vulnerable position, taking up a heavy machine gun to continue returning fire. Corporal O’Toole’s fearless and relentless actions suppressed the enemy, allowing friendly forces to quickly establish defensive positions and defeat the attack.

Corporal Joshua O'Toole and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

GG2010-0607-002, by Master Corporal Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall.

Corporal OToole receives his Medal of Military Valour from the Governor General.


Master Corporal Paul D. Rachynski, MMV
Edmonton and Bonnyville, Alberta
Medal of Military Valour

On May 6, 2008, a Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team patrol was ambushed in the Zhari district of Afghanistan. After neutralizing the initial threat, Master Corporal Rachynski selflessly led both Canadian and Afghan soldiers through heavy insurgent fire to rejoin his besieged patrol. Master Corporal Rachynskis determination and calm under fire allowed his patrol to evacuate the wounded and execute a fighting withdrawal with no further casualties.

Master Corporal Rachynski and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

GG2010-0607-003, by Master Corporal Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall.

The Governor General presents Master Corporal Rachynski with his Medal of Military Valour.


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