Looking Back – Notable Ex Cadets: 19662 William Fletcher – Star of Military Valour
First published – May 1, 2007 by Legion Magazine
For only the second time in Canadian military history, the Star of Military Valour has been awarded to a Canadian Forces soldier. The second highest award in the Canadian inventory was presented to Major William Hilton Fletcher by Governor General Michaëlle Jean in a ceremony in Ottawa in February. Fletcher earned the award for repeated bravery under fire in Afghanistan from January to August 2006.
The citations in full:
As Officer Commanding C Company, Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2006, Fletcher repeatedly demonstrated extraordinary bravery by exposing himself to intense fire while leading his forces, on foot, to assault heavily defended enemy positions. On two occasions, the soldiers at his side were struck by enemy fire. He immediately rendered first aid and then continued to head the subsequent assaults. On these occasions and in ensuing combat actions, his selfless courage, tactical acumen and effective command were pivotal to the success of his company in defeating a determined opponent.
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