A great quote from one of the many bad ass Kiwis (9 Photos)

Bill "Willie" Apiata of New Zealand SAS was in Afghanistan when his team was attacked in the middle of the night by rocket grenades and machine gun fire. Mr. Apiata was not hit in the initial barrage but this was not the same for his teammate, who had blood all over his uniform. With out hesitation, he made the decision to carry his buddy 70 meters to safety. In the words of one eyewitness, "… a shitload of stuff coming towards them - rocket propelled grenades, machinegun fire, small arms fire. There were explosions everywhere, and they were caught in the middle – how they got through we will never know.” After getting to safety, he rejoined the fight which lasted another 20 minutes. For this action, Bill Apiata received the Victoria Cross. Most politicians would make this into a long drawn out story of personal bravery but the following is how a true soldier explains the situation. "I just saw my mate was injured and I needed to get him to safety and I put him up on my shoulder and carried him to safety and rejoined my mates and ... yeah, that's what happened." - Corporal Bill Henry "Willie" Apiata.
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  • Dusty

    I am from The New Zealand Special Air Service and i am proud to say i work with Willie Apiata day to day and have been on multiple training exercises and in personal training in the Gym and fort with him in Afghanistan on over 10 events. He is someone i look up to. He has helped me transform into the Solider i am today, i highly recommend you read the Book on him it's a amazing Read.

    • hilb

      *an

  • Anakrusix

    He sure looks like someone you don't want to mess with. Way to go, Sir!

  • Logan

    Makes me proud to be a kiwi. Keep fighting the good fight Dusty.

    • Dusty

      Wouldnt call it a fight just a massacre do not believe what you read in the paper or see on the news.

  • Sammy

    I was getting teary eyes on reading his comment on the incident.

    Bless you SIR!

  • Kiwis at work

    As they say, who needs Chuck Norris when we have Willie Apiata. Stoked to see some Kiwi representation on here!

  • hilb

    he can easily pass as an afghan with that beard. guess that was the idea

  • Jesse

    wow, Zach Galifianakis is a total badass!

  • Mongo

    Kia Kaha

  • The Duder

    Ron Swanson

    • Kyle

      thinking the same… perhaps is kiwi cousin..?

      • Kyle

        *his

  • Toro

    someone should make a haka about him

  • Gr8ful!

    Willie you are the man !! Stories like this create awareness about all our kiwi soldiers putting their lives on the line … you are all great men & woman – heroes, we need to honour you all and remember those who fell , those who were injured & are being rehabilitated and those who are still out there. god bless and watch over you!!

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