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24 April 2021

9:00 AM

24 April 2021

9:00 AM

Time for Rankin and Taylor to be rewarded

After 78 years of injustice, finally last December 18-year- old naval sailor Teddy Sheean received a Victoria Cross.

Strange then that two war heroes who fought just as bravely still have nothing. Although retrospective VCs might not be in order for Robert Rankin and Ron Taylor, surely the government should look at Stars of Gallantry for these neglected men.

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Dr Tom Lewis OAM is a former naval officer and the author of 16 military history books. His work Teddy Sheean VC, from Big Sky Publishing, is an examination of the Sheean case. He has also just released Eagles over Darwin, a study of how the US Army Air Forces provided the fighter defence of northern Australia in WWII.

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