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Auction: 23002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 165

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'My old colleague the late great Bob McGowan of the Daily Express won Reporter of the Year for his coverage of the siege. A great hack who yomped with 3 Para in the Falklands and was awarded the South Atlantic Medal with Rosette. Bob never shirked the front line.'

So wrote a colleague after his passing.

The miniature South Atlantic Medal worn by R. McGowan, Press Reporter for the Daily Express during the Falklands War; he was attached to the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) throughout the conflict and shared in the Battle of Mount Longdon, his experiences led to his publishing Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant-Major

McGowan had already forged a fine name for himself as a conflict Correspondent, further adding to his laurels in leading the reporting of the Iranian Embassy Siege and subsequent storming (Operation Nimrod); he had spotted SAS operators drinking in a local pub a day or two before the action and instinctively realised the plans that were afoot - in exchange for his cooperation in keeping the plans under wraps he was rewarded with the scoop that earned his team the Reporter of the Year Award

South Atlantic 1982, with rosette, mounted as worn, good very fine

For his full-size award and a biographical note, please see Lot 164.

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