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Canada’s three 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.

Additionally, 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.

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

Star of Military Valour

Star of Military Valour

Medal of Military Valour

Medal of Military Valour

Readers should note that the ranks used in the following column reflect the substantive ranks held by the recipients at the time of the respective combat incidents. Readers should also note that these award announcements are preliminary, and are contained in NDHQ CANFORGEN 169/08 CMP 073/08 11219ZSEP08 for the six military valour decoration recipients, and in NDHQ CANFORGEN 162/08 CMP 071/08 291346ZAUG08 for the 14 Mention in Dispatches recipients. More coverage and details will be forthcoming as they are promulgated.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, has approved national honours for the following highly deserving individuals:

Star of Military Valour

  1. Captain J. Snyder (Posthumous) and Corporal J. Bell – For valorous actions and extraordinary courage under fire that saved the lives of dozens of Afghan[s] and Canadians, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 4 June 2008.

Medal of Military Valour

  1. Captain R. Peel, Corporal C. Baker, and Corporal S. Bancarz – For valour and courage under intense enemy fire that saved many Afghan and Canadian lives, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 4 June 2008.
  2. Corporal A.B.J. Dion – For valiant actions under sustained enemy fire that helped save the life of an injured comrade and enabled his platoon to safely withdraw from a deadly enemy ambush, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 27 September 2007.

Mention in Dispatches

  1. Major H. Sajjan – For outstanding professionalism and courage as the Special Advisor to American coalition forces, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, September 2006.
  2. Captain J.H. Hamilton – For outstanding courage and perseverance while commanding Recce Platoon, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 3 August 2006.
  3. Captain R.E. Jurkowski – For outstanding determination and leadership as a company commander, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, May-June 2006.
  4. Lieutenant B. Richard – For outstanding courage and leadership as a platoon commander, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 3 August 2006.
  5. Warrant Officer D.J. Hessell – For outstanding professionalism and leadership as a platoon commander, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 17 May 2006.
  6. Sergeant V. Ingram (Posthumous) – For outstanding professionalism and leadership as a member of PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 3 August 2006.
  7. Master Corporal T.W. Fletcher – For outstanding initiative and courage when he selflessly took command of a company mortar crew while under intense fire, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 24 June 2006.
  8. Master Corporal M. Parsons – For outstanding courage and leadership when he selflessly manoeuvred his vehicle as a shield and established a defensive position around the casualty collection point, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 3 August 2006.
  9. Master Corporal D.E. Presley and Corporal C. Reid (Posthumous) – For outstanding courage and determination when they voluntarily dismounted under heavy fire to extract a stuck vehicle, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 27 July 2006.
  10. Corporal M. Charlish – For outstanding courage and dedication when he exposed himself to enemy fire to extract a wounded comrade, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 9 July 2006.
  11. Corporal S.R. Dusenbury – For outstanding courage and initiative when he selflessly positioned his vehicle as a shield between the enemy position and his comrades while engaged by insurgent forces, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 14 July 2006.
  12. Corporal J. Hoekstra – For outstanding professionalism and leadership when his courageous actions during heavy fighting were instrumental in suppressing the enemy, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 3 August 2006.
  13. Corporal A. Shulaev – For outstanding courage and decisive action under intense enemy fire, PPCLI BG, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 8 July 2006.

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Nijmegen team from the Royal Military College

DND Photo LB2008-0108 by Sergeant Kyle Richards

17 July 2008 – Groesbeek, Netherlands. The Nijmegen team from the Royal Military College observes a moment of silence for Major H.C. J. Morison of the 12th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, killed in action, 8 February 1945.

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