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Posted: 5/5/2004 11:55:46 AM EDT
Taking a Knife to a Gun Fight and Win

NAJAF, Iraq — One of his friends was dead, 12 others lay wounded and the four soldiers still left standing were surrounded and out of ammunition. So Salvadoran Cpl. Samuel Toloza said a prayer, whipped out his knife and charged the Iraqi gunmen.
   In one of the only known instances of hand-to-hand combat in the Iraq conflict, Cpl. Toloza stabbed several attackers swarming around a comrade. The stunned assailants backed away momentarily, just as a relief column came to the unit's rescue.
"We never considered surrender. I was trained to fight until the end," said the 25-year-old corporal, one of 380 soldiers from El Salvador whose heroism is being cited just as other members of the multinational force in Iraq are facing criticism.

The guy has more ball than the French and Spaniards combined.  Check out the link for a pic of the man and his bloody knife.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 11:58:28 AM EDT
Way to go, Cpl. Toloza!
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 12:03:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 12:04:27 PM EDT
Talk about going balls to the wall, this dude did it and skewered himself some 'raqi. Wow, nice.

Link Posted: 5/5/2004 12:06:05 PM EDT

Way to go amigo!
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 12:08:20 PM EDT
was mentioned in Lumpy's pic thread yesterday, but worth a dupe. This dude should give the french some lessons.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 12:09:58 PM EDT
I must say I am impressed.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 12:14:18 PM EDT

Good going Toloza!

El hombre tiene cojones del tamano de dos melones!

Hmmm, dejame ver...tamano....ah, si!  Un "ta"mano es como un "ta"pie, pero con dedos!

Seriously, with soldiers like that one must wonder why the FMLN wasn't wiped out in the battlefield.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 1:03:57 PM EDT
link did not work, page not found, maybee a bandwith issue, i will try again later
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 1:08:44 PM EDT
Mi esposa watches a lot of Univision.  They had a pretty good story on him last night on the news.  They had about a 30 second clip and the mandatory bloody knife in-hand.  I'd venture to say that wasn't the first time he had used a knife on someone.

Bien hecho hermano!
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 1:13:43 PM EDT
i bet France whud surender to him
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 1:15:15 PM EDT
link fixed.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 1:28:28 PM EDT

link did not work, page not found, maybee a bandwith issue, i will try again later

Try this link... Click Here

Cpl. Samuel Toloza of El Salvador's Cuscatlan Battalion displays his bloodstained
knife that he used to fend off Iraqi gunmen in Najaf, Iraq, last Saturday.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 2:01:06 PM EDT
I was impressed enough to make the guy wallpaper here at work.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 2:26:40 PM EDT
Finally the Knife Forum guys have something to talk about!  I bet there are heated debates going on over there...

Link Posted: 5/5/2004 2:37:10 PM EDT
Huge balls on that one! That's the material songs are written about.

Note to self: Self, don't piss of the El Salvadorian janitor at Wally*World
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 3:00:49 PM EDT
Like me I am sure Kokalis will be proud.

ARFCOM: why don't you create a smiley in his image?
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 3:04:56 PM EDT
Don't mess with janitors period,we have many places to hide the bodies!
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 3:15:03 PM EDT

Imagine what he would have done with my machete or axe!

Good going Toloza!

El hombre tiene cojones del tamano de dos melones!

That goes to show, spanish men know how to use a knife!  
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 3:25:10 PM EDT
Someone make sure that the guy who pulled a knife on that mexican sees this
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 3:26:23 PM EDT
Dont bring a knife to a .... er a nevermind
didnt somebody send him a really nice knife like a randall or stryder.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 6:36:34 PM EDT

Someone make sure that the guy who pulled a knife on that mexican sees this

Yeah right?  Where is he, no updates?
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 6:48:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 6:58:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 7:41:19 PM EDT
'raqi skewers
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 7:45:03 PM EDT
Very nice work!

Link Posted: 5/5/2004 8:02:10 PM EDT
I was thinking about getting a tactical tomahawk should things get up close and personal any thoughts worth the dough or a waste?
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 10:05:37 PM EDT
I like this quote from the article:

"U.S. troops have replaced the Spaniards. Salvadoran officers, many of whom were trained at military schools in the United States, say they're pleased to be working with the Americans."

Tax money well spent.
Link Posted: 5/6/2004 12:10:23 AM EDT
As soon as I saw the knife I said to myself, "someone needs to get that man a Strider!" That's awesome, good work. He has balls, major balls.
Link Posted: 5/6/2004 3:25:57 AM EDT
Good story.

Someone needs to send them a magnet.


Link Posted: 5/6/2004 6:19:28 AM EDT
Good job, compadre!
Link Posted: 5/6/2004 6:40:47 AM EDT
Kudos to the dimestore buck knife. Who needs a $300 piece of metal?

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