THE Currumbin RSL has recognized a bitter-sweet day.
Last year, it held the wake for Corporal Cameron Baird, who died while serving Australia in Afghanistan.
Yesterday, the 40th digger to die in the war-torn nation became the 100th recipient of the Victoria Cross, for valour on the field of battle.
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The Brisbane Times reports, the 32-year-old was already a veteran of East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan when he led his team of Commandos against a fortified compound of the Taliban in a village in Oruzgun Province on June 22 last year.
Currumbin RSL president Ron Workman told The Bulletin, he could not be more proud.
“He was a very unique man and some of his actions, I think, have been reinforced by the bestowing of the Victoria Cross,” Mr Workman said.
Cpl Baird came to call the Currumbin RSL club his own while on leave and visiting his Gold Coast-based parents.
“Every time he was on leave he would have a beer at the RSL incognito, but then again he was so damn tall you could not miss him,” Mr Workman added.