Unit / Base:
'42 Commando RM'
Honours & Awards:
Sergeant Michael Collins was awarded the Military Medal for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands.
CitationOn the night of 11th/12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 42 Commando, Royal Marines planned for a night attack on Mount Harriet. Crucial to success was the need to reconnoitre a route through unmarked minefields. In the days proceeding the attack Sergeant Collins volunteered to lead a patrol to probe and find a route through. During their reconnaissance a mine exploded causing a member of the patrol to lose a leg: he had to be carried back to safety. Undetterred, Sergeant Collins again volunteered to lead a further reconnaissance patrol. Despite detection and coming under heavy enemy fire, by his outstanding leadership and determination the patrol made a vitally important contribution to the overall success of the operation. Source London Gazette 49134, page 12840.