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5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« on: February 04, 2009, 14:31:40 »
Found this while browsing kinda interesting, also I changed the name just incase

http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-*****.html

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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 15:34:38 »
I am not touching this because I am at work but a NSFW (not safe for work) or SFW would be nice on things like this.
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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009, 16:19:10 »
Oh sorry
Its Safe for work unless your work has issues with small swear words, or Badass
here is a tiny url so that it works
http://tinyurl.com/ck4mwa

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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 16:23:08 »
Good article.  I had heard of most of those men with the exception of the Indian soldier.  Fact can indeed be stranger than fiction.  At least the Indian medal looks strange.   ;)

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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 18:34:50 »
Knew about Sima Haya, Mad Jack Johnson, Alvin York & Audie Murphy ...

Figured that our Tommy Prince from the PPCLI could have been a member of that august group.

Ballsy Indian medal - this for real ???
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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 19:33:09 »
BUSTED !!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Param_Vir_Chakra

similar to the British Victoria Cross, can be, and often has been, awarded posthumously.  Param Vir means "Bravest of the Brave" in Sanskrit. (Param = Highest; Vīr = Brave (warrior); Chakra = wheel/medal).

The medal was designed by Savitri Khanolkar who was married to an Indian Army officer, Vikram Khanolkar. This was done following a request from the first native Adjutant General, Major General Hira Lal Atal, who in turn had been entrusted with the responsibility of coming up with an Indian equivalent of the Victoria Cross by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the Indian Union. Coincidentally, the first Param Vir Chakra was awarded to her son-in-law, Major Somnath Sharma for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in November 1947. He died while evicting Pakistani infiltrators and raiders from the Srinagar Airport. This was when India and newly-formed Pakistan had the first war over the Kashmir issue.

The medal is a circular bronze disc with a 1-3/8 inch (approximately 3.5 cm) diameter[/b]. In the center, on a raised circle, the state emblem. Surrounding this, four replicas of Indra's Vajra (the all-powerful mythic weapon of the ancient Vedic King of Gods). The decoration is suspended from a straight swiveling suspension bar. It is named on the edge.

On the rear, around a plain center, are two legends separated by lotus flowers. The words Param Vir Chakra are written in Hindi and English.
 
Ribbon of the Param Vir ChakraThe ribbon which holds the Param Vir Chakra is of 32 mm length and purple in colour. The medal was designed to symbolize Rishi Dadhichi, who had donated his bones to the Gods for making Vajra, and contains an image of Shivaji's sword Bhawani on the other side.[citation needed].The Indian General Service Medial (1947) also contains the Bhavani sword.

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 19:42:20 »
Geo, you just beat me to it.
Should have paid more attention to the caption under the article's photoshop of the actual medal.   :-[

To me it is not awe inspiring in design, but then I'm not Indian.  But you cannot help but be awed by the recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Param_Vir_Chakra

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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009, 20:21:05 »
The ribbon is a pert close match to the VC, Cdn VC, Aus VC and NZ VC
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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2009, 23:54:18 »
Do Indian soldiers usually not wear the actual metal medal when doing "No. 1" dress? Or is this a unit oddity?

http://cdn-www.cracked.com/articleimages/dan/badass_soldiers/yadav2.jpg

Damn impressive, all of them.

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Re: 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a sissy
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2009, 11:06:03 »
They may have a partial "semi-dressy" category we do not have....
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