The Greatest Soldier to ever exist, EVER. - Page 5




 
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Boots
 
March 13th, 2005  
rotc boy
 
 
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Lt. General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller USMC.
yeah, he did get a bull dog named after him :P
March 13th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KC72
wow!

i'm going to be patriotic and say Charles Upham, the only soldier ever to recieve the victoria cross TWICE.



Acknowledged widely as the outstanding soldier of the Second World War, Captain Charles Upham is the only combatant soldier to receive the Victoria Cross and Bar (awarded to members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth for exceptional bravery). In Crete in May 1941 and the Western Desert in July 1942 Upham distinguished himself with displays of ‘nerveless competence’.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1908 Upham was educated at Christ’s College and Canterbury Agricultural College at Lincoln. Prior to the war he was a farm manager and then farm valuer before enlisting in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (aged 30) in 1939, quietly citing his reason as a desire to fight for justice.

Courage and Resource
He was renowned for combining controlled courage with quick-thinking resourcefulness. While most medals for bravery are awarded for a single act, Upham’s first citation was for nine days of skill, leadership and evident heroism. In March 1941, he was a Second Lieutenant in the 20th NZ Battalion in Crete. His display of courage included destroying numerous enemy posts, rescuing a wounded man under fire and penetrating deep behind German lines, killing twenty-two German soldiers on the way to leading out an isolated platoon – all after being blown over by a mortar shell, painfully wounded in the shoulder by shrapnel and with a bullet in his foot.

The incident that typified Upham’s deeds was when two German soldiers trapped him alone on the fringes of an olive grove. Upham (on his way to warning other troops that they were being cut off) was watched by his platoon, a helpless distance away on the other side of the clearing, as he was fired on by the German soldiers. With any movement potentially fatal, he feigned dead and with calculated coolness waited for the enemy soldiers to approach. With one arm lame in a sling, he used the crook of a tree to support his rifle and shoot the first assailant, reload with one hand, and shoot the second who was so close as to fall against the barrel of Upham’s rifle.

Gallantry and Determination
Captain Upham's second citation was for his part in the July 1942 attack on Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, where the New Zealand Division was stranded when promised armoured support never came through. As the Allied forces struggled to hold the line, Upham led his company on what was described as a savage attack on German and Italian strongpoints. Upham himself was responsible for destroying a German tank and several guns and vehicles with hand grenades and, though he was shot through the elbow with a machine gun bullet and had his arm shattered, he went on again to a forward position and brought back some of his men who had become isolated.
He was removed to the regimental aid post, but immediately after his wounds had been dressed he returned to his men. He consolidated and held his position and despite exhaustion, loss of blood and further injuries (as a result of artillery and mortar fire that decimated most of his company) he stayed with the only six remaining members until, now unable to move, he was eventually overrun by the superior weight of the enemy forces and captured.


Typifying his character and nickname ‘Pug’, he attempted to escape numerous times before being branded "dangerous" by the Germans and incarcerated in the infamous prison fortress Colditz.

On May 11 1945 King George VI pinned an official Victoria Cross onto Charles Upham's uniform. He returned to New Zealand in September 1945 and ceased expeditionary service in November 1945. In April 1946 he was an official member of the New Zealand Victory Contingent.
Modest Hero
Epitomising a certain strain of Kiwi modesty, Charles Upham was embarrassed by the accolades he received and attempted to avoid international media attention. When the people of Canterbury collected and offered him 10,000 pounds to purchase a farm in recognition of his gallantry, Upham refused and instead insisted the money be put towards an educational scholarship for children of returned soldiers.


At the conclusion of the war he returned to New Zealand to resume life as a sheep farmer in Hundalee, an isolated area north of Christchurch. It was rumoured that Charlie Upham never allowed a German-made car or machine onto the farm. He died in 1994.
When King George VI enquired to Major-General Kippenberger whether Upham deserved a Bar to the Cross, Kippenberger replied, "In my respectful opinion, sir, Upham has won the VC several times over." The Complete Australian and New Zealand Victoria Cross Reference affirms that "without doubt Upham remains one of the most courageous leaders of any modern conflict". Charles Upham was unassumingly a true edge warrior.


Presentation of the Victoria Cross award by General Auchinleek
to Captain Charles Upham, Egypt, 4 November 1941.
March 13th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Upham was indeed a consumate warrior. The only thing about him that exceeded his tenacity and skill at arms was his humility. Incredibly enough he was even nominated for a third VC. The only man ever to have been so honored.
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Boots
March 13th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
there is a great wee story involving upham and my home town, Timaru.

before the expeditionary forces left burnahm camp south of Christchurch, everyone was confined to camp for two weeks (to make sure no one went AWOL) during this two week period Upham approached the CO for permission to take a train to timaru. when asked the reason for the request upham replied "a man owes me money"

because he was a good soldier, Upham was granted permission he took the train to timaru. when he got there, he walked into the Hydro grand hotel, walked up to the gentleman in question, punched him in the teeth once....and went back to the train station.


now that is settling accounts!
March 13th, 2005  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
Elvin York
March 13th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
That's Alvin York.

(Elvin York was the sniper in "Lord of The Rings" )
March 13th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KC72
Triple hard bastard!!
March 14th, 2005  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charge_7
That's Alvin York.

(Elvin York was the sniper in "Lord of The Rings" )
Thanks, I dont know why I changed it, I had it right the first time
March 16th, 2005  
AussieNick
 
The boys of the 2nd and 3rd light horse, battle of Beersheba. Oct 31 1917

And for humanitarian sake, Edward "Weary" Dunlop - A great man.
March 16th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Edward Dunlop was indeed a great man. His care of the wounded was legendary. A shame he didn't survive himself.