Honours & Awards:
Marine Ryan Shelley was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan .
As a Medic with 40 Commando 'Charlie' Company, he climbed into the burning wreckage of a US helicopter in Afghanistan and performed emergency throat surgery on the fatally-injured pilot. He repeatedly returned to the blazing helicopter to rescue the crew .
 London Gazette 59737, page 5641
 BBC News website 22 June 2011.
 Birmingham Live News website 11 April 2011.
London Gazette entry shows rank as Marine; media show Lance Corporal.
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