SHELLEY, Ryan

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
P061442J
Honours & Awards: 
Ryan Shelley GM
Marine Ryan Shelley was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1]
 
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 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 59737, page 5641
[2] BBC News website 22 June 2011.
[2] Birmingham Live News website 11 April 2011.
[Image: MOD]
 
Notes
London Gazette entry shows rank as Marine; media show Lance Corporal.
 

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