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The remarkable exploits of a hero Royal Marine who survived a 100ft fall before distinguishing himself in battle can be revealed after his bravery medals sold for over £17,000.<br />
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Colour Sergeant Willie Paterson, of 45 Commando, broke nearly every bone in his body when his rope snapped in a training accident in Dartmoor, Devon, in 1962.<br />
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Yet, just two years later, with a metal plate in his arm, he led his men in perilous night time missions against native guerrilla fighters over mountainous terrain during the Radfan Campaign of 1964.<br />
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The campaign was part of the Aden Emergency, an armed insurgency by nationalists against British forces stationed in South Arabia, now part of Yemen.