Please remember the name of this man – Captain Sein Tun, 2nd Battalion Burma Rifles, killed in action at Myitkyina on 18 January 1945. In a recent post I put up the citation to Lieutenant George Knowland VC. My friend and fellow author Harry Fecitt immediately reminded me, quite correctly, that the award of a VC is very much dependent on the quality of the citation’s write-up. He sent me that of this remarkable man, Sein Tun. It’s a name that has been forgotten to history, but doesn’t deserve to be. Its also a reminder that heroism of the most extraordinary kind can in fact receive a perfect write-up in the citation, and yet fall at the final hurdle – the prejudice of the senior officer giving it final approval, or otherwise.
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