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Medal/Decoration Awarded To:

Steyn D, 2 Lt
2 Field Engineer Regiment, SAEC
SA Engineers Corps
SA Army

HONORIS CRUX - Second Type (HC) (1975)

Year Awarded:
1976

Date of Action:
20-Dec-75

Second Lieutenant Daniel "Douw" Steyn was awarded the Honoris Crux for his actions and bravery during Operation Savannah, when he and his sappers, as part of Battle Group Foxbat which had reached a minefield during its advance, lifted 36 mines within 18 minutes while under enemy fire.

Here we do not ONLY honour the recipient of the award, but also the circumstances and the other individuals without which the award would simply not have been possible. Even though we honour ONE PERSON's deeds, we must always remember that he did NOT operate alone and in isolation. Many unsung heroes made it possible for him to be there in those exact circumstances. So let us always remember ALL of them, especially those that paid with their lives and received no recognition. Please feel free to mention others that deserve to be remembered with, and as part of the actions of the recipient.

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