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Posted: 8/21/2004 8:50:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2004 8:55:38 PM EDT by ScaryGuy]
Young man from the town in which I live. The subdivision in which we live gave him a welcome home/thank you reception for him tonight.

He is an Army Specialist, who was driving a HUMVEE that was ambushed. He was hit in the jaw and the neck, and was bleeding profusely, yet still managed to pull several of his fellow servicemen to safety behind the remains of the HUMVEEwhile taking fire. He was then trucked to a medevac area (ambush site was too hot for chopper) and has spent the last few months having numerous surgeries to heal the damage.

He was an incredibly humble person, and both he and his family seemed genuinely astonished at the outpouring of thanks and support from this community. He is a very brave and honorable young man (20 years old) and is everything I have come to expect from those that serve.

I was honored to thank him for his service, I was more honored to shake his hand and welcome him home, and I could not help but think how this one young man was worth more than a hundred John Kerrys.

God Bless all our Troops who are in harm's way tonight, and God Bless our Commander in Chief.


Link Posted: 8/21/2004 8:54:14 PM EDT
Yes God Bless them all!
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 8:56:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Btownboy:
Yes God Bless them all!

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 9:01:06 PM EDT
This just goes to show what a total asshole skerry is. He flaunts his 4 whole months and 3 purple hearts he got from ingrown toenails and mosquito bites.

God bless this soldier and all those in harms way now.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 9:10:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 9:19:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 10:03:54 PM EDT
Every time I go on Ft Campbell to the commisary or PX I see several guys that have been pretty shot up still limping and in wheel chairs. One guy way telling me how his buddy dropped a SAW and resulted in him taking three rounds in the legs. He's had eight surgeries since then. While the war was still ongoing with the 101st involved you could go through the hospital and see dozens of guys with limbs missing and all bandaged up. Most of those guys have been medically retired now. I never heard a single one bitch and moaning about the war or why they went. Makes me proud of the soldiers.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 10:27:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2004 10:28:53 PM EDT by warlord]
ScaryGuy: I bet there are many of these unsung heroes out there, just that you had the priviledge to meet only one of them.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 10:32:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 12:55:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/22/2004 12:55:31 AM EDT by Btownboy]
A guy I went to high school with was hit by a sniper in Iraq about a year ago. Hit in the leg, made a full recovery. Another buddy I graduated with ships out tomorrow for training and then Iraq. He's EOD.
Also some kids I used to supervise have been over. It's amazing the things they are doing for our country and Iraq. Again as I said earlier, God Bless them all. It hits home when I my graduating class had 360 in it and a few are overseas or will be soon!
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