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Corporal Dan Keighran, VC

Australian Army soldier Corporal Dan Keighran is the third Victoria Cross for Australia recipient and the first soldier from the Royal Australian Regiment to be awarded a Victoria Cross.

Corporal Dan Keighran, VC, joined the Australian Army on 5 December 2000 and, after completing recruit and initial employment training, he was posted to 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR).

While serving at 6 RAR, Corporal Keighran (pronounced: “Kear-ran”) deployed to Rifle Company Butterworth, Malaysia, in 2001 and 2004; Timor-Leste (East Timor) in 2003–04; Iraq in 2006; and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010.

On 24 August 2010, during his second Afghanistan deployment, Corporal Keighran was part of an Afghan and Australian fighting patrol engaged by a numerically superior and coordinated enemy force near the village of Derapet, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. For his actions on this day, Corporal Keighran was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia. Corporal Keighran’s citation reads:

“For the most conspicuous acts of gallantry and extreme devotion to duty in action in circumstances of great peril at Derapet, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, as part of the Mentoring Task Force One on Operation SLIPPER.”

To read Corporal Keighran’s full Victoria Cross for Australia citation click here.

On 1 November 2012, Corporal Keighran was invested with the Victoria Cross for Australia by the Governor-General in Canberra, becoming the third Australian to receive the award during the Afghanistan War.

Today, Corporal Keighran continues to serve in the Australian Army as a reservist.

Corporal Keighran has received the following honours and awards:

  • Victoria Cross for Australia
  • Australian Active Service Medal with ‘Iraq 2003’ and ‘International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT)’ clasps
  • Afghanistan Medal
  • Iraq Medal
  • Australian Service Medal with ‘East Timor’ clasp
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Australian Defence Medal
  • United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor Medal
  • NATO Non-Article 5 Medal with ‘International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)’ clasp
  • Meritorious Unit Citation – Mentoring Task Force One, Afghanistan
  • Meritorious Unit Citation – Task Force 66 (Special Operations Task Group), Afghanistan
  • Infantry Combat Badge
  • Returned from Active Service Badge


To read about the history of the Victoria Cross click here.

To watch the Australian soldier honoured with Victoria Cross click here.

Last updated
17 January 2017
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