Australia’s Last WWII Victoria Cross Winner Dies

Posted by admin on Jul 9, 2009

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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