Australia’s last surviving World War II recipient of the Victoria Cross, who was awarded the elite medal for storming a Japanese machine gun post, has died aged 90, officials said.
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Edward Kenna’s death late Wednesday at a nursing home in Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, was a sad day for Australia.
Gillard said Kenna displayed extraordinary bravery when he single-handedly stormed a Japanese machine-gun nest at Wewak in New Guinea in 1945, firing a Bren gun from his hip with enemy bullets passing under his arms as he advanced.
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