Monday, March 21, 2005
The 25-year old Grenadian-born war hero Johnson Beharry is described by friends as family as a "nice, unassuming person".
Beharry saved 30 members of his unit in Iraq and has been awarded Britains first Victoria Cross for more than 20 years. He is the first living recipient of the VC - the highest award in the British and Commonwealth military
He twice saved the lives of colleagues while under enemy fire. Beharry was at the head of a five-vehicle convoy when it came under attack in the town of al-Amarah on 1 May 2004.
He guided the column through a mile of enemy ground to drop off wounded comrades at great risk to his own safety, his citation said.
Weeks later, his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade round. Despite a head wound, he managed to reverse his Warrior to safety.