Outdoor portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Daniel Keighran VC. The award of the Victoria Cross was made ...

Unit Afghan National Army
Place Asia: Afghanistan
Accession Number P10927.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Digital file JPEG
Maker Unknown
Place made Afghanistan
Date made 2 September 2010
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-
Copyright

Item copyright: Commonwealth of Australia copyright

Description

Outdoor portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Daniel Keighran VC. The award of the Victoria Cross was made following Cpl Keighran's heroic actions when his patrol came under sustained heavy attacks on 24 August 2010.

The citation for the medal reads, in part: "he was a member of a partnered fighting patrol with soldiers of the Afghan National Army's 1st Kandak, 4th Brigade, 205th (Hero) Corps which was engaged by a numerically superior and coordinated enemy attack from multiple firing points in three separate locations." Cpl Keighran deliberately and repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire. From high points, he identified targets for machine-gunners and light armoured vehicles. He also drew attention away from a mortally wounded comrade (Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney) to enable the clearing of a landing zone for his evacuation. The citation concludes: "Corporal Keighran's acts of the most conspicuous gallantry to repeatedly expose himself to accurate and intense enemy fire, thereby placing himself in grave danger, ultimately enable the identification and suppression of enemy firing positions by both Australian and Afghan fire support elements. These deliberate acts of exceptional courage in circumstances of great peril were instrumental in permitting the withdrawal of the combined Australian and Afghan patrol with no further causalities. His valour is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force."