Sunday, November 8, 2009

RIP Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid

As we remember those who have given their lives for our own freedoms today, there's a moving tribute by Miles Amore in The Sunday Times today to the heroism of Cornishman bomb disposal expert Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid who died in Afghanistan recently. As The Independent reported, his commanding officer Major Tim Gould said, "In all my time in the Army, I have never met, nor am I ever likely to meet, a man like S/Sgt Schmid again. He truly was a once-in-a-generation phenomenon". Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Thomson, commanding officer of the 2 Battalion The Rifles, who recently returned from Afghanistan, said many of his troops owed S/Sgt Schmid their lives. "Every single company adored working with him. I adored working with him," he added. "No matter how difficult or lethal the task which lay in front of us, he was the man who only saw solutions. Superlatives do not do the man justice. Better than the best. Better than the best of the best."

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