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Medals honour acts of bravery.

SCOTTISH soldiers are among 80 heroes to be honoured today for their valiant service overseas.

Major Alastair James Aitken, of the Black Watch, will receive the MBE for his service in Iraq.

Major Neil Alexander Den-McKay, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, will pick up an MBE for his actions in Afghanistan.

Those awarded medals for service in Northern Ireland include Major General William Euan Buchanan Loudon, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

The officer, from West Lothian, is to receive a CBE to join his OBE.

Warrant Officer Edward Murphy, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, will collect an MBE.

TA Warrant Officer Ian McClymont, from Edinburgh, will receive the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) medal. He served with the Royal Artillery in Iraq.

Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon revealed a sergeant who carried on firing after being shot and a Gurkha who saved an American officer were in the list of honours.

Hoon said: 'These awards recognise the outstanding achievements of these truly extraordinary men and women and their acts of great courage.'

Sergeant Paul Kelly, 36, of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, was nominated for a Military Cross.

In February this year, he led a charge towards an enemy position and captured bandits.

A month later, he was shot in the hand as he engaged a tribesman firing rocket-propelled grenades on his men.

Although bleeding heavily, Kelly continued to return fire at enemy fighters until his troops were relieved.

Kelly, married with two children, said: 'I just did what any commander should do.'

Sergeant Kajiman Limbu, 34, of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, also receives a Military Cross.

He was part of a six-man team that came to the aid of an American convoy ambushed by anti-coalition forces in Afghan capital Kabul last October.

Lance Corporal Simon Campbell, 24, and Guardsman Lee Wheeler, 20, of the Irish Guards, have been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal after they saved their commander from a sniper in Basra last April.

Captain Jeffrey Heaps, 33, will receive an MBE for outstanding contribution to civilian relations in Afghanistan.

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