A 26-year-old former Wednesfield High School pupil has been hailed as a hero after being mentioned in Despatches for risking his life to help move a stricken armoured vehicle coming under mortar, rocket and small arms fire from up to 15 enemy fighters.
The incident occurred in February 2009 during Craftsman Martin Banksâ€™s first operational tour, serving as a vehicle mechanic with 1st The Queenâ€™s Dragoon Guards in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
The award citation said: â€œBanksâ€™s raw courage, disregard for his own safety and skill as a mechanic was instrumental in enabling the patrol to extract from an increasingly dangerous situation.â€
Cfn Banks said: â€œI am very proud and honoured to be getting this award. I see it as a great achievement and recognition for what I and everyone else did out there during our tour.â€
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