A hero Royal Marine could be in line for a Victoria Cross medal after throwing himself over an exploding grenade in southern Afghanistan in a bid to shield his comrades. Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, 24, let his rucksack take the force of the blast - and his three pals escaped with just cuts and bruises. L/Cpl Croucher, whose brave actions gave him a nose bleed, could be the first Royal Marine since 1945 to win the award. His citation has been passed to the Commanding officer of 40 Commando and will go to a committee which decides on the award of VCs. L/Cpl Croucher, from Birmingham, was taking part in a mission to uncover a suspected Taliban bomb-making factory in Helmand Province in February. But his foot brushed a tripwire and he saw a pineapple-type grenade with the pin coming out. He shouted: "Grenade, take cover," as two of his comrades were only metres behind him. His backpack, containing a medical pack, shoulder-launched rocket and medical equipment, took the full force of the blast. L/Cpl Croucher told The Times newspaper: "I thought, I've set the bloody thing off and I'm going to do whatever it takes to protect the others. I'm very tight with the three other guys. There have been a few times when they've saved my bacon. He told the newspaper he had a nose bleed and it was 30 seconds before he realised he was still alive.
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Timothy Bradfield, United States6 years ago Comments: by throwing him self on the grenade to save his comrades is an act of complete bravery, selflessness and this action imbodies everything that the victoria cross stands for
matt heal, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: Deserves it 100%
Andrew Kidd, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: Highly deserved. Im sure the last thing LCpl Croucher thought was VC or even Queen and country, just an overwhelming desire to save his friends and comrades
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