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Fitzpatrick, Michael Benedict

Service number:
321375
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Corporal
Unit:
No. 3 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, Combined Operations Headquarters, War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
April 3rd, 1942
Awarded for:
Operation Archery
Amost immediately after landing at Vaagso in South Norway Cpl Firtzpatrick was acting as leading scout to his section the advance was held up by a wire obstacle covered by heavy enemy fire. Cpl Firtzpatrick without hesitation moved forward alone and cut a gap through the wire, thus allowing the advance to continue without loss of time.the moment was somewhat critical as a hold up in the early stages might have had serious delaying affects on the operation as a whole. Cpl Firtzpatrick's coolness and presence of mind quite definitely prevented any such delays occuring.
Military Medal (MM)

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