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Offline Mapog

Daniel Francisco Roxo
« on: August 23, 2016, 10:16:24 pm »
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of probably one of the greatest soldiers that served in this countrys history.

He adopted this country as his own, passed special forces selection at age 41, was instrumental in forming 32 batallion and received honoris crux for killing 12 Cubans and FAPLA soldiers on his own when he recced the famous bridge 14.

He was killed in a landmine explotion when his Wolf fell on him.

In the words of Jan Breytenbach: Roxo in keeping with his dauntless caracter, decided to make the best of things, lighting a cigarette and smoking it calmly until it was finished, then he died  -------still pinned beneath the Wolf. He had not complained once, nor uttered a single moan or groan, although the pain must have been excruciating.

I salute you Paulo.....
You truly served this country with everything and paying the uktimate price.

You will never be forgotten.
 

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 10:24:21 pm »
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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 11:00:04 pm »
A man among men... R.I.P.
 

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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 11:05:15 pm »
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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2016, 06:51:42 am »
Baie van hom gehoor, hy was 'n legende in die eenheid, nooit die voorreg gehad om te ontmoet nie.
Dit was egter nie net S Sgt Daniel Roxo HC wat vandag 40 jaar gelede die prys betaal het nie. Saam met hom op die Wolf was S Sgt Ponciano Soeiro wie beseer is in die ontploffing en afgevoer is per voertuig, maar naby Rundu was hulle voertuig in 'n kop aan kop botsing met 'n trok en daar het hy die groot prys betaal. 
Rus in vrede groot makkers, ons respekteer julle.  :salut:



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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2016, 09:25:56 pm »
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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2016, 03:15:30 pm »
Is dit waar Rocco de Wet vandaan kom? Van ou Roxo af?
 

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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2016, 06:09:39 pm »
We salute you all
 

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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 07:47:48 pm »
http://www.southafricawargraves.org/search/print.php?id=32757

Francisco Daniel "Danny" Roxo (19331976) was a Portuguese hunter, safari guide, and soldier. Born in Mogadouro, he emigrated to Niassa Province, Portuguese Mozambique during the 1950s, where he established himself as a professional hunter. Roxo later fought in the Mozambican War of Independence against nationalist guerrillas. After Mozambican independence he served as a foreign volunteer in 32 Battalion, a Portuguese-speaking unit of the South African Army.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Roxo

Death:
During a patrol near the Okavango river, his personnel carrier struck a landmine and overturned, killing one man and crushing Roxo beneath it. The rest of the vehicle's crew tried to lift it free, but it was too heavy. Breytenbach wrote:

"Roxo, in keeping with his dauntless character, decided to make the best of things, lighting a cigarette and smoking it calmly until it was finished, then he died - still pinned beneath the Wolf. He had not complained once, nor uttered a single groan or moan, although the pain must have been excruciating."

http://theywerebornwarriors.blogspot.co.za/2013/01/daniel-francisco-roxo.html
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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 07:58:06 pm »
Salute !
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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 08:47:57 pm »
Salute !
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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 11:26:02 pm »
Jip,what a man....
Sad that their headstone was only recenly added to their grave....

His death was such a shamefull event for the SADF that their bodies were buried, in bodybags, on top of eachother in the middle of the night...

At first their grave was not even marked....

Luckily some of the men of SF erected their tombstone after tireless work was put in to find their grave by men such Stephen Dunkley, Paul Els, Manual Ferreira and the late Genl Loots.

Each year on special forces day, some of the old boys have ceremony at their gravesite.

Even one of the astronauts (Charles M Duke, the fith man to walk on the moon)on the Apollo program attended once.
He apparently did some hunting with them in the Mozambiqe days.
 

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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 03:31:39 am »
I respect a brave and dedicated soldier.   



Respect, Paulo Roxo.
Young enough to know I can, old enough to know I shouldn't, stupid enough to do it anyway.
 

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Re: Daniel Francisco Roxo
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2017, 09:40:59 am »
Thanks for sharing! I never knew of him. Respect and salute!