2009
08.25

“He was just an amazing, loyal and kind guy. Everybody loved him. He was a hero and he died a hero.”

Published: 22 Aug 2009

The son of an SAS legend was blown up trying to save a comrade, it emerged yesterday.
Brave Serjeant Paul McAleese, 29, of the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, tried to rescue a comrade hit by a Taliban bomb when a second one went off, killing him instantly.

Sjt McAleese – known as “Mac” – was the son of SAS hero John McAleese, who took part in the storming of the Iranian Embassy in 1980.

Last night his widow Joanne, who gave birth to the couple’s first child Charley only in April, said through her tears: “He was my hero.”

Sjt McAleese was patrolling in Helmand as Afghans voted in their election when tragedy struck. First, Pte Jonathon Andrew Young, 18, of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, was hit by an improvised explosive device. As “Mac” ran to help a second IED went off. Both men died at the scene, taking the death toll of British troops in Afghanistan since 2001 to 206.

Bravo Two Zero author and Sun security adviser Andy McNab served with John in the SAS and saw Paul fighting in Basra in Iraq. He said “Paul was killed in action, whilst trying to save the life of a fellow soldier. No action speaks more heroically than that.”

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