Battle of Baghak: 2 Kiwi soldiers get gallantry awards
Sergeant David Duncan and Lance Corporal John Luamanu demonstrated extraordinary courage during the Battle of Baghak in Afghanistan in August 2012, One News said.
The controversial Battle of Baghak was an engagement between the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and insurgent forces in the Shikari Valley of central Bamyan Province on August 4, 2012.
Two NZDF personnel, four NDS members and an undetermined number of insurgent fighters were killed during the fierce firefight. Six NZDF and 9 NDS personnel were wounded along with one Afghan civilian.
Duncan was given the Insignia of New Zealand Gallantry decoration for bravery in crossing open ground while exposed to enemy fire. He enabled a seriously wounded soldier to receive the medical treatment that saved his life.
Luamanu received the Insignia of the New Zealand Gallantry Medal for his display of gallantry in twice carrying a wounded colleague over open ground and under enemy fire to ensure his safety.
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