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SERGEANT BRAD WATTS DSM

Watts, 37, was born in Alice Springs and raised in Dar­win, joined the army in 1998 and trained as a medic be­fore be­ing posted to Perth’s SASR in 2004. De­ployed to Afghanistan two years later. Re­ceived the Distin­guished Ser­vice Medal in 2008 for leav­ing the safety of a he­li­copter to treat a wounded sol­dier while un­der en­emy fire.

COR­PO­RAL MARK DON­ALD­SON VC

The boy from Dor­rigo who trans­formed him­self from re­bel­lious teen to one of Aus­tralia’s most dec­o­rated vet­er­ans when he re­ceived the first Vic­to­ria Cross to be awarded since Viet­nam. The 39-year-old joined the ADF in 2002 and served most of his ca­reer in the SAS. The fa­ther-of-two worked closely with Voodoo Medics and was treated by them dur­ing his sev­eral tours of Afghanistan.

COR­PO­RAL JEREMY HOLDER MG

Perth-born Holder, 34, joined the army as a medic in 2002 be­fore post­ing to 4RAR (Cdo). De­ployed to Afghanistan in 2006 as a com­mando medic and later re­ceived a Medal of Gal­lantry for his ac­tions dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Perth, when he treated hun­dreds of ca­su­al­ties in­clud­ing many Afghan civil­ians.

MA­JOR BRAM CON­NOLLY DSM

Con­nolly, 44, served sev­eral tours of Afghanistan and was awarded the Distin­guished Ser­vice Medal for his lead­er­ship in com­bat. Spent most of his 20 years in the army with 2nd Com­mando Reg­i­ment. He was the com­man­der of Yan­kee Pla­toon dur­ing the bloody bat­tle of Za­bat Kalay.

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