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Army September 3, 2009
By Cpl Corinne Boer
PTE Liam Haven's courage and devo-
tion to duty won him the Serving
Australia medallion at the Western
Australian Pride of Australia Awards
at a ceremony in Perth on July 11.
The awards acknowledge the contri-
bution and achievements of individuals
who are not widely known or recog-
nised. Pte Haven said it was an honour to
"When I found out that I won, I
walked up and I was so stoked I didn't
know what to say," he said.
"I received the award the day I had
my 21st birthday party so I had a lot to
celebrate that night."
Supported by family and friends, he
used the opportunity to voice support for
the troops in Afghanistan.
Pte Haven was wounded by an IED in
May last year while in Iraq and was left
with only 2 per cent of his vision.
His optimism is inspiring and he is
determined to live his life to the full. His
rehabilitation program has taught him
how to live independently and he has
relearned everyday skills from walking
to cooking his own food.
Pte Haven is also studying for a cer-
tificate in information and technology
two days a week.
He parades with 16RWAR two-and-
half days a week where he uses special-
ised interactive software that vocalises
commands. He said that everyone treats
him like a normal digger.
"I chat with reservists about my expe-
riences and some of the things I have
Pte Haven also trains with the Army
Model of hope
Band Perth playing guitar one Tuesday
night a month.
He hopes to be posted to the School
of Languages in 2011 and spend two
years in Melbourne studying Bahasa. "It
will open up a lot of doors for me."
In 2010 he will move to Melbourne
and start six months of orientation and
manoeuvre to familiarise himself with
the new surroundings and move around
Pte Haven has written an article in support
of the troops in the Sunday Times. It can be
found at http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/
Honoured: Pte Liam Haven with his sisters
Chelsea (left) and Jazmin and his mother
By Cpl Corinne Boer
THE bravery of six sol-
diers involved in a hazard-
ous rescue of passengers
from a stranded ship in
the Antarctic will receive a
group bravery citation.
On December 3, 1987,
a 75m polar vessel, the
Nella Dan, was heading for
Macquarie Island when
high winds and rough seas
plunged the ship's hull into
the rocky sea floor ruptur-
ing one of the fuel tanks.
A squadron of three
LARCs from 35 Tpt Sqn
was sent to evacuate almost
eighty expeditioners and the
Fuel was spraying on the
decks and over the evacua-
tion ladders making condi-
tions extremely dangerous.
Then Cpl, Timothy Gay,
said it was about minus 20C
"We had to get all the
passengers down a rope
ladder and they came slid-
ing down with diesel going
all over them as well as the
Lt Philip Clark
Cpl Kenneth Barrington
Cpl Timothy Gay
LCpl Gregory Kenny
Pte Dudley Crowe
Pte Alistair Scott
It was as rough as hell,"
Mr Gay added that the
crew had been trained to
work in those types of con-
As a result, no one was
seriously injured in the
operation, which was com-
pleted in less than an hour.
The crew received a
commendation when they
returned to Australia, but
Mr Gay said he was dumb-
founded to be notified of a
citation 22 years later.
The recipients were noti-
fied on August 17 and the
date of the presentation is
yet to be announced.
for ship rescue
for Pte Haven
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