Not wishing to devalue this individual's undoubted bravery coupled with his unnerving intellect under very stressful conditions, but a wartime medal for valour [WWII] was awarded to a very special carrier pigeon, called Colonge in 1942 ... featured in this evening's 'Antiques Roadshow' on BBC TV.
The medal is now worth £10,000. [Colonge could only speak native Pigeon English]
I don't think the fact of his being a Marine has got anything to do with him being worthy of his medal. He's obviously one of those rare individuals who possess both great courage and the intelligence to do something with it.
As a former RM myself , I am a bit unhappy that this young man's achievements are impugned by comparison with a pigeon. As we used to say, "Put your brain in gear before engaging your mouth". Usually amusing, I think HB went too far this time.
jb, my carefully thought out [light-hearted] statement began by not wishing to devalue or take away anything from the award bestowed upon Capt Davis', it was only to highlight the absurdity of the war medal given to a dumb bird. That's all. [no offence was intended]
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