The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - YOUR VIEW -

We need more ex­tra­or­di­nary “or­di­nary” peo­ple like Joyce Mil­li­gan (“Power of the pen”, June 18-19) who will not take no for an an­swer. Joyce, it is be­cause of your drive, de­ter­mi­na­tion, per­se­ver­ance, and per­sua­sive­ness, that you suc­ceeded in Jim Hock­ing be­ing recog­nised for his courage and ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice of his own life in 1944. It must have been so re­ward­ing for his younger brother Alan to re­ceive the Star of Courage on be­half of Jim. I am also pleased that you were in­vited to the cer­e­mony, for jus­ti­fied recog­ni­tion. Pam McGa­hey, Mount Samson To write or not to write, that could be the ques­tion! Well, it is a choice, and one Joyce Mil­li­gan plumped for over and over, and what a prize. Af­ter 72 years post the event and many, many let­ters later, this won­der­ful lady stirred the Gov­ern­ment to award a post­hu­mous medal to coura­geous World War II pi­lot Jim Hock­ing. That she had the per­spi­cac­ity and tenac­ity to keep on chip­ping away is what life is about – con­spic­u­ous courage, no mat­ter the cir­cum­stances. Claire Jolliffe, Bud­erim

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