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VC Petition for black S. African hero

Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by GRW, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    I definitely hope this one succeeds.
    "A campaign has been launched to see a black South African Second World War hero who blew up a Nazi ship with a homemade bomb be awarded a Victoria Cross.
    British generals nominated Job Maseko for a VC but his South African commanders found the idea of a black man receiving such a prestigious medal ahead of his white peers alarming.
    Instead, he was awarded the Military Medal - the lowest bravery honour at the time - for his 'ingenuity, determination and complete disregard of personal safety' after he sank the German ship in Tobruk harbour in 1942.
    Now a Somerset man, Bill Gillespie, is fighting to right what he sees as a massive injustice and has started a petition.
    Job used his experience as a miner before the war to make the bomb himself - out of a tin of condensed milk, a long fuse and gunpowder."
    Kai-Petri likes this.

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