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PRI­VATE CHAD EL­LIOTT El­liott, 36, was fast tracked into spe­cial forces af­ter join­ing 4RAR (Cdo) via a di­rect re­cruit­ing scheme in 2004. Went to Afghanistan three times and was se­ri­ously wounded when he was shot in the fe­mur on his sec­ond trip in 2007. COR­PO­RAL JODY TIECHE UK-born but Perth raised, Tieche, 34, joined the ADF in

2002 be­fore be­ing posted to

4RAR (Cdo). De­ployed as a medic to Afghanistan twice and saved El­liott’s life on his first tour. COR­PO­RAL MARK DON­ALD­SON VC The boy from Dor­rigo who be­came one of Aus­tralia’s most dec­o­rated vet­er­ans when he re­ceived the first Vic­to­ria Cross to be awarded since Viet­nam. The 39-yearold worked closely with Voodoo Medics and was treated by them dur­ing nu­mer­ous Afghan tours. COR­PO­RAL JEREMY HOLDER MG Holder, 34, joined the army as a medic in 2002 and was posted to 4RAR (Cdo). Went to Afghanistan in 2006 and later re­ceived a Medal of Gal­lantry for sav­ing six com­man­dos and an in­ter­preter dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Perth. Treated hun­dreds of ca­su­al­ties dur­ing that trip in­clud­ing many Afghan civil­ians. MA­JOR DAN PRONK

An doc­tor who com­pleted SAS se­lec­tion, Pronk went to Afghanistan four times

2009-13. Awarded a CDS in

2012. Ac­com­pa­nied spe­cial forces op­er­a­tors on more than 100 com­bat mis­sions.


A 20-year army vet­eran, Con­nolly, 44, re­ceived the Distin­guished Ser­vice Medal for lead­er­ship in com­bat in Afghanistan. Was pla­toon com­man­der dur­ing the in­fa­mous bat­tle of Za­bat Kalay.

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