HERO Soldier Sold His Medals To Look After His Fellow Veterans.
10 Winners Who Sold Their Medals For Unbelievable Reasons.
1. SAS hero of Iranian Embassy siege, 62, says he is selling his medals because Britain doesn’t do enough to look after its veterans.
Warrant Officer Ian white is forced to sell his medals and never seen before floor plans of the famous 1980 mission for £30,000 to help fund his retirement.
He was one of the first of the crack team of commandos to enter the embassy and bring an end to the six-day siege. It was played out live on TV and ended with the SAS dramatically killing five gunmen and freeing all but one of the hostages.
The ex-commando, who served 25 years in the Army, said: ‘This is not a cry of poverty, it is my decision. ‘I am end-gaming. I am trying to make a better life to finish with rather than be spluttering about.
The ex-commando added: ‘It’s not about my history, it’s about my future. ‘I have worn my medals once in my life for a reunion. I don’t go to memorials, I remember my friends all the time.
2. Iraq war hero to sell off his medals as he battles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Former sergeant Trevor Coult (41) was awarded the Military Cross in 2006 for his bravery in a machine-gun ambush involving suicide bombers and gunmen in Baghdad.
The former Royal Irish Regiment soldier, who now lives in Suffolk, said: “Every day is such a struggle for me. Over the past few years I’ve lost six ex-colleagues to suicide.”
Trevor, who has a wife, Luba, and a five-year-old son, Sebastian, added: “The medals bring back bad memories for me. I’ve put them up for sale as someone will enjoy them more than me.”
The Military Cross is the Army’s third highest honour, behind the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and the Victoria Cross. Towards the end of his career, he went to Afghanistan to “look after” captured insurgents, mainly Taliban.
Sgt Coult, who left the Army in February 2015, said: “I spent every day with these people and couldn’t help wondering how many of my colleagues they had killed. I must admit it got to me a bit.”
He added that the money raised from the sale of the medals would be put into a bank account for his son.
3. Scots football legend John McGovern sells his treasured medals – to help pay for Christmas. The former midfielder – who was known as Brian Clough’s go-to player – is most famous for captaining the Nottingham Forest side that twice won the European Cup.
But now the Scot is selling his 1972 Division One winners medal in order to fund Christmas presents for his friends and family. A Division Two winner’s medal from 1969, a Texaco Cup winner’s trophy and his kit from the 1971/72 are expected to fetch around £3,000 in total.
At the age of 19 he became the youngest player to play in all four divisions of the Football League and won the Division One title twice and League Cup twice. Despite also winning the European Cup two times he was never capped for his country – because manager Ally MacLeod didn’t know he was Scottish.
Mr McGovern, 68, of Nottingham, said: “There’s some important memorabilia there. “People ask me why I’m selling them and I say listen ‘I don’t owe the bookmakers any money, I own my own house, I own my own car’. “There’s no desperate reason to sell them but I’m just hoping to have a bit more money when it gets closer to Christmas.
4. Olympian sells silver medal to help pay for child’s cancer treatment. For this Polish discus thrower, his Olympic medal was secondary to a child’s health.
An Olympic medal is a symbol of lifetime of hardwork, dedication and focus, while at the same time proving that you are one of the best in the entire world at your chosen discipline. But Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski found something more important than the silver medal he won in Rio.
Malachowski returned to his home country and immediately put his medal up for auction in an effort to raise money for Olek Szymanski, a 3-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.
Through the online auction, Malachowski attempted to raise roughly $84,000 to go towards the $126,000 cost of a surgery that could possibly save the boy’s life. A third of the money had already been raised by the Polish foundation Siepomaga.
5. In Britain’s hour of need, he shot down 21 Nazi planes. Now, in HIS hour of need, World War II hero has to sell his medals to pay for care. Wing Commander Bransome ‘Branse’ Burbridge, who was RAF’s most prolific night-fighter pilot, now aged 93 with Alzheimer’s For nearly half a century, his medals simply gathered dust in a locked drawer.
Branse Burbridge rarely talked about his adventures as an RAF ace in the Second World War, not even with his closest family. But the medals told their own remarkable story.
One was a Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, for his acts of gallantry in the face of the enemy. Another was the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, for an ‘outstanding’ devotion to duty.
Now 93, he is in a private care home suffering from Alzheimer’s after his wife Barbara died. And his family are “reluctantly” auctioning his medals — including the Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross — to raise £120,000, that’s six years of fees.
Son Paul, 59, said: “We have no option. “The cost is considerable but it is a brilliant care home. As he won these decorations, he should benefit from them. We’re reluctant to do it but believe it’s right. We value him more than his medals.”
6. Wladimir Klitschko, Ukraine 1996 boxing. The Atlanta Games marked the first year Ukraine went to the Olympics as an independent country, so the gold medal that the Steel Hammer picked up was pretty special. To Klitschko, though, helping Ukrainian children get involved in sports is even more important.
He auctioned off his prize, earning $1 million for the Klitschko Brothers Foundation that helps fund children’s sports camps and facilities. The bidder? A mysterious benefactor who immediately returned the medal to the man who earned it.
7. Physicist Leon Lederman’s Nobel Prize Medal Sells for $765,000 For dementia problems. Lederman, 92, won a share of the physics prize for his role in the discovery of the muon neutrino — but he’s arguably best-known for his 1993 book about the search for the Higgs boson, titled “The God Particle.”
That label for the elusive subatomic particle rankles some physicists to this day. (Lederman joked that his publisher wouldn’t let him use his preferred title, “The Goddamn Particle.”)
Ellen Lederman, who is 67, told AP that she and her husband have been living comfortably in retirement, but that they now face potentially costly medical bills and uncertainty following a diagnosis of dementia for the Nobel-winning physicist.
8. Mark Wells, U.S 1980 Hockey. You might wonder how an Olympic athlete could part with any gold medal, let alone one attached to such a historic and emotional victory. Wells didn’t part with it lightly: he sold it to help pay for medical treatments related to a rare genetic disease that damaged his spinal cord. He sold the medal to a private collector, who in turn sold it through an auction house for $310,700 in 2010.
This is the heartbreaking note that accompanied the medal: “The gold medal symbolizes my personal accomplishments and our team’s accomplishments being reached. As one of only 20 players to receive this gold medal, it has held a special place in my heart since February of 1980. When I decided recently to offer it out . . . I also decided until the day I give it up, it will be worn. Therefore, I have slept with this medal for the past two weeks now in my home . . . I hope you will cherish this medal as I have.”
9. Otylia Jedrzejczak, Poland 2004 Swimming. Before she even qualified for the Athens Olympics 10 years ago, Jedrzejczak declared that any gold medals she won would be donated to charity.
When she found herself at the top of the winner’s stand not long after, she made good on the promise. Her medal from the 200m butterfly went for more than $80,000 and benefited a Polish charity that helps kids with leukemia.
“I don’t need the medal to remember,” she said. “I know I’m the Olympic champion. That’s in my heart.”
10. Former Royal Marine sells his medals to fund £200,000 cancer treatment for four-year-old girl he has never met. Bravery and devotion to duty are the much-praised qualities we take for granted in our Armed Forces. But alongside those comes selflessness. And former Royal Marine Matthew Goodman has that as well.
Mr Goodman, who served in the 2003 Iraq conflict, is selling his three service medals to help fund a four-year-old’s £200,000 cancer treatment – even though the pair have never met.
The 35-year-old decided to auction his medals for service in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, as well as his Iraq campaign medal, after reading about Lottie Woods-John’s battle with neuroblastoma on Instagram.
‘As a father, I couldn’t imagine seeing my baby daughter, Freya, suffering like that. My medals were just sitting in the drawer doing nothing, and I thought they could be used for something worthwhile.’
Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year, with most aged under five.
Mr Goodman added: ‘Once they’re sold, in the place of my medals I’ll be wearing a childhood cancer awareness ribbon. For me, nothing is worth a child’s life.’