Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Just Got on with My Job' Says Hero; North East Soldier Saved His Colleague

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Just Got on with My Job' Says Hero; North East Soldier Saved His Colleague

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Byline: Tom Mullen

AHERO North East soldier has been decorated for rescuing a comrade who became stranded in a fierce fire-fight in Afghanistan.

Royal Marine Bradley Malone single-handedly turned the tide of a battle after running from cover to help another soldier in war-torn Helmand Province.

Cpl Malone, of Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, was yesterday awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross after showing a "complete disregard for his own safety".

Cpl Malone's troop had become surrounded by Taliban fighters after an ambush, the Ministry of Defence said.

The 23-year-old broke his cover to advance across open ground in order to help Sgt Keith Tompkins, who had become stranded in what the MOD described as a "killing area".

And together, the soldiers were able to fight their way to safety and Cpl Malone was awarded the medal after displaying "fighting prowess and gallantry".

Cpl Malone, of 45 Commando Regiment, said receiving such a prestigious medal was a "humbling experience".

He said: "We were surrounded and were taking fire.

"I realised the sergeant was stuck in the middle and was pinned down.

"I just went to give him some covering fire, to engage the enemy so he could get back. You don't think about anything at the time, no emotions, you just get on with it."

Cpl Malone was presented with the medal at a ceremony in Stone House barracks, Plymouth, which was attended by military top brass including Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth. A spokesman for the MoD said: "Malone left cover to advance across open ground in order to collect his Troop Sgt who had become isolated in the killing area.

"Malone's fighting prowess and gallantry turned the tide of the battle and led directly to the successful extraction from a deadly ambush."

And it was revealed the Royal Marine had displayed amazing courage on two other occasions. …

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