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Posted: 11/21/2008 11:23:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:25:01 AM EDT
I'll bet the SOB is missing a limb or two, too.

Wish I could summon up that much determination.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:25:48 AM EDT
What a badass.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:26:59 AM EDT
HELL YES!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:27:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zaphod:
I'll bet the SOB is missing a limb or two, too.

Wish I could summon up that much determination.


It is a hand written note on the door of a SEAL who took a round from a AK-47 to his face and arm.


Just a flesh wound!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:28:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:28:06 AM EDT


We done shipmate!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:28:43 AM EDT
What a reminder of how small my balls are in comparison.


I hope he heals up and finds success in whatever he does in the future.



- BG
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:29:17 AM EDT
Makes my problems seem a lot smaller.

Thanks for posting this Zakk.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:29:33 AM EDT
Damn. That guy is a badass. Whatever he decides to do in life he will be a major success at I’m sure.

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:30:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By badfish274:
Originally Posted By Zaphod:
I'll bet the SOB is missing a limb or two, too.

Wish I could summon up that much determination.


It is a hand written note on the door of a SEAL who took a round from a AK-47 to his face and arm.


Just a flesh wound!


Twice in the elbow and once in the face.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:30:45 AM EDT
Wow! The man's got a heart of gold and balls made of cast bronze. That's the reason he earned the title of "US Navy SEAL". Godspeed and speedy recovery for that hero.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:31:17 AM EDT
You can tell why he passed BUD/S and in particular Hell Week without quitting
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:31:31 AM EDT
Bad Ass Mother Fucker.

I bet he wants to get back to his SEAL team ASAP.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:32:02 AM EDT
Here's a letter from him about his recovery.

http://www.udtseal.org/article2of1.html

Hello to All,

Sorry it has been so long since we have provided an update, aside from climbing Mt. Everest (No Oxygen), exploring the Marianas Trench (Breath hold of course), and training for the Ironman (with a ruck), I have not been doing much.:) All kidding aside, we have been busy traveling and sorting out the best plan for the future.

Most of you know we traveled to Chicago and met with Dr. Gary Burget and Dr. Robert Walton, unquestionably, two of the world's best nasal reconstruction surgeons (Just ask Google). Dr. Walton, a micro-vascular surgeon, felt there were more advanced procedures that could be done to my face that would lend themselves to results that would last a lifetime and enable me to dive.

The Bethesda surgeons have done a great job of putting me back together (Humpty Dumpty??) initially, but they acknowledged that the procedures that Dr. Walton spoke of were cutting edge medical technology that they did not have the ability to do, so were referred out through Tricare.

Then came the waiting game. Both Doctors from Chicago were out of town for two weeks so had to wait until they got back. Once they did, Dr. Walton felt that the level of damage to my sinuses and facial bones required someone with more expertise in that specific field, so last week we called and met with a facial reconstruction surgeon and dental surgeon out of John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He specializes in facial gun shot wounds and was able to show us many other cases he had worked on in the past very similar to my injuries. He has even treated two Army Special Operations guys who got shot in the face also. He also addressed that my jaw was still messed up and would need to be fixed. So, after discussing his schedule, he had an opening on Dec. 21 or February 20. Well, Erica and I discussed it, and no need to add two montns to already a two year process. So, we head to Baltimore tomorrow for the Pre-Op and then surgery first thing Friday morning, then seven days inpatient to monitor and heal. So, Christmas in the hospital this year...Oh, well we're ready to get this train moving. The kids are going home to Louisville to spend Christmas with Erica's family and we will have ours after we get back home.

As for my arm, it is still fused until we do the surgery. January 9'h we head back to Bethesda, to X-ray and evaluate the rate of bone growth so hopefully the Doctors can determine when they can remove the excess bone and do the bone graft on the head of my humerus. I figure only about two weeks after that, I'11 be back 100%. That's about it.

Oh, well there is one more thing... Those of you that were able to come to the Bethesda hospital remember the sign that I had on my door. I've included a picture for those of you who did not see it. Well, apparently, a doctor took a picture of that sign and e-mailed it out to his friend and it took off from there being sent all over the intemet. It made it into the hands of a CNN news repofter who called the command in charge of all SEALs and asked to interview me. I said no (I mean, C'mon CNtr{, why not FOX? ). Any.wayi, a Fox news military analyst apparently came to receive it, and happened to know our current SEAL Admiral and called him about it. well, long story short, the command thinks it is a good idea (no last names or locations, ofcourse). I am not sold yet, but I have agreed to sit down and talk to him to hear what he wants to do and express my concems. So, we will see on that one. Last week, I received a Bronze Star with Valor for my actions on June 21 and the night of the firefight where I was wounded. well, I have rambled on enough for now. I hope all of you are good and ready for Christmas. Happy Holidays to everyone and look forward to seeing all of you sometime in the near future. Keep us in your prayers. I included a Christmas poem that a good man sent me. It is very appropriate for this time of year and recognizes the sacrifices that soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen make for America's freedom. I hope vou all take the time to read it.

Happy Holidays,

Jay, Erica, Austin, Sierra, and Aspen
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:32:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 11:33:06 AM EDT by badfish274]
Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
Twice in the elbow and once in the face.


Damn. Do you know any more of the extent of the wounds? Here's hoping he kept his arm.

Damn.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:32:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 11:34:53 AM EDT by Kharn]
I think I hear his balls clanking every time he gets up to use the pisser from over here...
ETA: The letter seems to indicate the sign was from last year, I wonder how he's doing.

Kharn
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:32:32 AM EDT
That is the stuff that real men are made from.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:32:47 AM EDT
MCLMM
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:32:50 AM EDT


Originally Posted By macman37:


Makes my problems seem a lot smaller.



Thanks for posting this Zakk.







 
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:35:03 AM EDT
My hat if off to him and all like him!

Does anyone know if he lost his sight from taking a 7.62 to the face? I pray not!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:35:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By macman37:
Makes my problems seem a lot smaller.

Thanks for posting this Zakk.


Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:35:25 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:37:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 11:41:08 AM EDT by Thatmanuhate]
Originally Posted By AGW:
It is a hand written note on the door of a SEAL who took a round from a AK-47 to his face and arm.


That is pretty crazy.

There was another SEAL that got hit with 7 or 17 AK rounds and lived I can't remember which amount it was but thank god he had body armor.

ETA: it was 17
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:39:00 AM EDT
You sure this guy isn't a T-888 with super advanced AI?






J/K, serious BAD ASS!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:40:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zaphod:
I'll bet the SOB is missing a limb or two, too.

Wish I could summon up that much determination.


View some of the pictures contained within this thread.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=8&f=8&t=285549

I wish I had the courage and determination of those men and women.

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:40:52 AM EDT
Fathers, have your sons read that message and tell them, this is what a Man is.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:47:57 AM EDT
It's good to know that our country can still produce men such as him.

I hope he makes a speedy and full recovery, and goes back to the job he loves so much.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:49:04 AM EDT
I was at Walter Reed a couple years ago, which despite what the MSM want you to believe is a squared away institution run by soldiers who care about soldiers.

I saw this sort of determination and commitment everywhere.

The guys in rehab were 100% "Hooah" and "Just want to get back to my unit, sir"

The staff was very motivated and did so much with what they were given.

This wasn't a BS tour or media event. I was with one of my friends who is a doc there.

Never more proud to be an American,

On a side note, it is Christmas and there a still soldiers at Reed, Madigan and Brooke. Perhaps a care package is in order?

-Z
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:50:29 AM EDT




Pure bad-ass and guts.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:59:54 AM EDT
Men like that renew my faith in most of my fellow Americans.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:02:25 PM EDT
More that I found on Inches Away From Sanity  It looks like an earlier letter.

Hello all,

Erica and I figured this would be the easiest way to keep all of you informed by creating a mass e-mail list, so we will be sending out these updates every couple of weeks in the future.

For those of you that I did not get around to talking to yet, I apologize and will give you a quick rundown. I got shot up in Iraq about seven weeks ago. Got on the wrong end of a bad guy's machine gun. More or less took two rounds in the left elbow and one round in the face. Amazing, I know, would have killed a lesser man.
Anyhow, to make a long story short, I spent a month in Bethesda Naval Hospital and enjoyed eight delightful surgeries, between the arm and the face. All my specialists decided, I needed 6-8 weeks of recovery time, before round II, so they let me go home and I got home about three weeks ago.

Home has been great and we have been adjusting well. The kids haven't seemed to miss a beat and Erica is doing a fantastic job of taking care of me, the kids, and the household.

We have had lots of help from our families, the entire SEAL community, and all our friends both while I was in the hospital and after I got home, so Thank You to all of you, and know that it has helped immensely. To all of you who came to visit me in the hospital, Thanks, the cards, the plants, the flowers, and visits did a lot for my morale and helped the time go by faster. Thanks also to all who provided gift cards and meals, they helped reduce our stress level considerably. We don't have the e-mail addresses for everyone who has given support, so if you know any friends or family we have missed Please forward this on to them and send us their e-mail address so we can include them in our updates.

As for now, I am healing pretty well, too well in some places. My elbow joint has started to grow excessive amounts of bone, a common side effect of high velocity gun shot wounds. This excess growth can grow for up to six months from the injury. Originally the ortho docs were going to do the next arm surgery the end of November, but due to the bone growth, they have decided to wait until February time frame in the hope that the excess growth will have stopped by then, giving them the best hopes of permanently removing it and reconstructing the elbow for max range of motion.

My next surgery is scheduled for Nov. 27th when they will take bone from my hip to reconstruct the missing bone from the right side of my face.

They will also reclose the entrance wound which has been leaking saliva, due to its proximity to my saliva gland. Nothing like slobbering all over yourself through the side of your face. Unfortunately this will be tricky, because the main facial nerve runs right through the middle of it ( the doctors are rather amazed that I had no damage to it from the gunshot wound).

That's it for now.

Aside from all that, things continue to go well. I am enjoying being home and we just celebrated Aspen's third birthday and Halloween. My energy levels get better each day and Erica and I continue to find creative soft things that I can eat in my effort to try and put back on the 32 lbs. I have lost since my injury. I am sending this through Erica's e-mail since she checks her's daily for work and there may be times when I am unable to send things out.

I hope everyone is well and nobody else has been shot.
I would recommend against it if you have a choice :).

Talk to you all in the future.
Jay and Erica
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:06:46 PM EDT
Bad ass.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:19:53 PM EDT
That is bad ass.  True American hero.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:21:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:26:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SNorman:
That is bad ass.  True American hero.

+1.

I really am not worthy.  

Godspeed on a full (+20%) recovery!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:37:45 PM EDT
You know, it just occurred to me that this SEAL had one hell of an upbringing.  His letter presents a challenge to fathers - when you produce an end result like the author of that letter, you know you have done a good job
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:45:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By macman37:
Makes my problems seem a lot smaller.

Thanks for posting this Zakk.




Yep
  to him.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:46:59 PM EDT
Hopkins surgeons really do have a lot of experience reconstructing gunshot wounds.

Now, if we could only deploy SEALS to East Baltimore our problems here would be over shortly.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:51:53 PM EDT
He wants to get his face fixed up.


So he can dive again.


My God, we do produce some amazing men in this country on occasion, don't we?

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 12:52:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:21:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BayEagle:
He wants to get his face fixed up.


So he can dive again.


My God, we do produce some amazing men in this country on occasion, don't we?



That jumped out at me too

Most people would be worrying whether or not they could function at all and he wants to dive again


Best wishes frogman, I am sure you will be up and kicking soon enough

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:37:17 PM EDT
LAND OF THE FREE...

BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!!
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:39:21 PM EDT
He sounds in good spirits. I hope he heals enough to go back to his team.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:44:09 PM EDT
Wow. Hard to keep a good man down.

CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:45:26 PM EDT
That SEAL needs a "Bad Ass Motherfucker" wallet.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:57:29 PM EDT
Remarkable.  Baed on the Bronze star, he is a legitimate hero as well.  I for one don't think getting shot makes you a hero.  Doing something heroic makes you a hero, especially in the face of danger of injury or death to yourself.  

Thank you for your service, sir.  I admire you.

Too bad such a manly attitude has become rare in our pussified society.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 2:04:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By doubleclaw:
It's good to know that our country can still produce men such as him.

I hope he makes a speedy and full recovery, and goes back to the job he loves so much.


and gets a shot at some retribution.

My hat is off.

Joe
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 2:08:44 PM EDT
GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY!!!!!!

BTW, anyone have a copy of that poem he mentions in the letter?
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 3:20:34 PM EDT
B.A.M.F.

I am proud just to be aware of a Man like that.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 3:23:29 PM EDT
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