Reluctant, as I am, ever to say a good word for the 'Rock Apes', otherwise known as Royal Marine Commandos, there cannot be praise high enough for L/Cpl Matthew Croucher who, whilst on a patrol with four other commandos in Helmand Province, snagged a trip-wire and saw a hand-grenade roll out at his feet. Without thinking he hurled himself backwards onto it hoping his back-pack would take the worst of the blast and thus save him and his comrades from injury. The ploy succeeded although it blew his pack to pieces and left him deaf and bleeding from the nose. He refused a 'casevac' and insisted on staying with the patrol because he knew the Taliban would come looking for whoever had set of the booby trap. He was right, and in the ensuing firefight he killed one of the enemy.
If that doesn't deserve a VC, I don't know what does!