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The Commando

Ben Mckelvey

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Biography: historical, political & military, True war & combat stories, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction

On 22 June 2013, Corporal Cameron Baird was a 2nd Commando Regiment Special Forces soldier when he led his platoon into a known Taliban stronghold to back-up another Australian unit under heavy fire. In the prolonged firefight, Cameron was mortally wounded.

In 2014, Cameron's bravery and courage under fire saw him posthumously awarded the 100th Victoria Cross, our highest award possible for bravery in the presence of the enemy. Cameron Baird died how he lived - at the front, giving it his all, without any indecision. He will forever be remembered by his mates and the soldiers he served with in the 2nd Commando Regiment.

THE COMMANDO reveals Cameron's life, from young boy and aspiring AFL player, who only missed out on being drafted because of injury, to exemplary soldier and leader. Cameron's story and that of 4RAR and 2nd Commando personifies the courage and character of the men and women who go to war and will show us the good man we have lost.

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Ben Mckelvey

Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for GOOD WEEKEND, GQ, VOYEUR, ROLLING STONE, THE BULLETIN, COSMO, CLEO and the SMH, AGE and WEST AUSTRALIAN newspapers. Ben's previous gigs have included editing SPORT&STYLE and JUICE magazines, and working on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.