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Falklands War "True Hero" Dies Aged 71

Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly is the only person to have been decorated by both Britain and Argentina for his service during the conflict.

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A Royal Navy medical officer who helped save the lives of hundreds during the Falklands war has died at the age of 71.

Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly, from Torpoint in Cornwall, is the only person to have been decorated by both Britain and Argentina for his service during the conflict.

He was awarded the OBE by the Queen and the Orden de Mayo by Argentina.

During the war, Rick Jolly spoke about his medical team's success in treating the wounded at a makeshift field hospital in Ajax Bay:

"I'm proud to say, that thanks to the combined efforts of the naval surgeons and the army surgeons and the Royal Marines that support them, everyone that's come in here alive, despite their horrible wounds, has gone out alive.

"The other interesting thing, of course, is that we've got two unexploded bombs in the building.

"But we've lived with those for so long now that we've almost forgotten about them.

"I've just been to look at one and... Well, the less said about that the better!"

Tributes flooded in from all over the world, including the Commanding Officer of the Royal Marines 40 Commando, who called him a "true hero" on Twitter:

Gulf war veteran John Nichol - who presented Forces TV's "We Were There" - called him "a true hero of 1982 Falklands war":

Speaking with BBC, Falklands veteran Simon Weston credited him with ensuring that he survived the war:

"I would love to say thank you because he saved my life or he helped, all the surgeons who worked on all of us to save our lives.

"Rick Jolly changed the face, as far as I'm aware, of the way that we constructed or created field hospitals. He did something remarkable."

Surgeon Commander Anthony Lambert also said he was an inspiration to his generation:

"He was one of those figures that everyone knew and you've only got to go onto the Facebook pages today of both the Naval Hospital in Hasler and Stonehouse as they were and their tributes are flowing thick and fast."

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