Star of Courage (SC)

Military Valour Decorations are national honours awarded to recognize acts of valour, self-sacrifice or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

The Star of Courage (SC) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.

Source: Governor General of Canada
(Medal description)

Star of Courage (SC)

The following Royal Canadians have  received the Star of Courage (SC).

Rank Initials Surname Date Citation
MCpl Jason Cory HAMILTON October 2, 2003 Citation
Cpl Danny Joseph MATTHEWS October 2, 2003 Citation


MCpl Jason Cory Hamilton, S.C.
Cpl Danny Joseph Matthews, S.C.

Trenton, Ontario

Date of Instrument: September 16, 2004
Date of Presentation: February 4, 2005

On October 2, 2003, after their convoy's lead vehicle had struck an anti-tank mine, MCpl Jason Hamilton and Cpl Danny Matthews entered an undefined minefield to recover three of their stricken comrades, near Kabul, Afghanistan. Despite the imminent danger of exploding ammunition and grenades complicating an already chaotic scene, MCpl Hamilton courageously led the rescue party, prodding the ground in front of him for more mines. He and Cpl Matthews worked their way onto the dangerous terrain until they reached the first fallen soldier. After escorting the wounded victim back to safety to administer first aid, Cpl Matthews then returned and followed MCpl Hamilton, advancing farther into the minefield only to discover that the mine blast had claimed the lives of the two other soldiers.

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