Valour

His Excellency the Governor General addresses recipients and honoured guests at the 19 September 2012 presentation ceremony at the Citadelle of Québec.

DND photo GG2012-0493-029 by Master Corporal DanyVeillette, Rideau Hall

His Excellency the Governor General addresses recipients and honoured guests at the 19 September 2012 presentation ceremony at the Citadelle of Québec.

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Master Corporal Belzil receives his Star of Military Valour from His Excellency the Governor General.

DND photo GG2012-0493-003 by Master Corporal Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall

Master Corporal Belzil receives his Star of Military Valour from His Excellency the Governor General.

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.

Victoria Cross Star of Military Valour Medal of Military Valour
       Victoria Cross        Star of Military Valour       Medal of Military Valour

 

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.

On 19 September 2012, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presented 4 Military Valour Decorations and 23 additional decorations and honours to deserving Canadians at the Citadelle of Québec.The Governor General said, in part:

“I am delighted to be with you today for this very special event at the Citadelle… As governor general, I have the great privilege of bestowing a variety of awards and honours on extraordinary Canadians. Our gathering today is unique in that it brings us together, within the context of a single ceremony, to recognize those who have given of themselves in so many different ways. Each of you has made a remarkable contribution to your communities and to this country, and in the wonderful diversity of your achievements, you resemble the great promise of Canada… As members of the Canadian Forces, you have demonstrated great military valour and provided exemplary service in the exercise of your duties…  On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank each of you for your contributions to your communities and to our country. We are truly grateful.”

 

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Star of Military Valour

Corporal Jean-François Roger Donald Belzil, SMV ~ Montréal, Quebec

Medal of Military Valour

Corporal Marc-André Cousineau, MMV ~ Greenfield Park, Quebec
Sergeant Joseph André Steve Poulin, MMV, CD ~ Québec, Quebec
Corporal Marco Tremblay, MMV ~ Jonquière, Quebec

 

CITATIONS

Corporal Jean-François Roger Donald Belzil, SMV
Star of Military Valour
Corporal Marc-André Cousineau, MMV
Medal of Military Valour

On April 9, 2011, upon intercepting enemy radio transmissions, 3 Platoon, A Company, awaited an attack on the security cordon established to the north of Zangabad, Afghanistan. When the first insurgent shot rang out, Corporal Belzil and Corporal Cousineau moved in that direction with the anti-tank gun, coming across a Canadian section and its Afghan counterpart pinned down under enemy fire, as well as a seriously wounded Afghan soldier lying out in the open. Thanks to Corporal Cousineau’s effective covering fire, and despite heavy enemy fire, Corporal Belzil succeeded in destroying the stronghold from which the deadly insurgent shots originated. They both then pulled the wounded soldier to cover and administered first aid. Corporal Belzil’s and Corporal Cousineau’s composure and disregard for personal danger helped to push back the enemy attack and save the life of an Afghan soldier.

Sergeant Joseph André Steve Poulin, MMV, CD
Medal of Military Valour

Sergeant Poulin distinguished himself through his bravery as a tank commander by ensuring security during a road construction project in Afghanistan. On several occasions, notably December 18, 2010, February 17, 2011, and April 23, 2011, he placed his tank in dangerous positions to protect civilians, coalition colleagues and Afghan security forces. Sergeant Poulin’s courage and professionalism were instrumental in ensuring the success of this operation.

Corporal Marco Tremblay, MMV
Medal of Military Valour

On May 18, 2011, during an enemy ambush in Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan, Corporal Tremblay demonstrated courage and determination. When first enemy shots were fired, a Canadian soldier was hit in the leg and unable to take cover. Keeping calm under continuous fire, Corporal Tremblay reached the soldier, immediately applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, and, during a lull, dragged the soldier to safety. Corporal Tremblay’s bravery enabled him to save the life of a Canadian soldier.