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Time to Recognise Our Naval Heroes

After seventy-eight years of injustice, finally last December eighteen-year-old Teddy Sheean received a Victoria Cross for his heroism aboard HMAS Armidale in December 1942. Two war heroes who fought just as bravely still have nothing. Although retrospective VCs might not be in order for Robert Rankin and Ron Taylor, surely the government should look at Stars of Gallantry for these neglected men. Imagine today if every approval for an Australian gallantry award had to be ticked off by someone in London. What’s more, unlike Royal Navy commanders, Australian warship captains were not allowed to recommend the nature of the award.…

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