Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Veteran Awarded Medal

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Veteran Awarded Medal

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WHEN an unexpected registered mail item arrived at Edgar McCulloch's home in Warwick last week, he was only curious.

The letter contained a commemorative medallion presented to the (almost) 91-year-old war veteran by 75 Squadron, RAAF, the squadron of which he was a foundation member in 1942.

"It was a surprise to receive a letter like this and when I saw the medal, I almost fell over," he said.

"I am elated, it is an unexpected honour.

"There are only a few original members still alive and only two of us in Queensland, so very few would have received this award."

In the accompanying letter, Flight Lieutenant Tony McDermott, OAM, said the medallion had been struck by 75 Squadron, Australia's only remaining World War II RAAF Squadron, to commemorate its involvement in Operation Falconer in 2003.

Australia's 75 Squadron, along with allied forces, provided air power to assist in the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.

The medallion has the Squadron Crest on the front bordered by the black and white checkers. …

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