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Amidst all the celebration and merry-making for our new digs, AND furthermore being Friday for some of us. Why not turn off the idiot box and tune in some Radio? I can’t dance (it’s rattles the monitor off the desk) but you sure can.

Freaky Friday on RadioCIA. I’ll be on from 7 pm CT until I give it up. It is MIX night and I’ll take all requests. ciarequest AT or on the tuesdaytruth Yahoo IM.


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It’s Monday, and so LC Crunchie 0311’s excellent series, “Unsung Glory”, continues with the story of SFC Paul R Smith. Take it away, Crunchie!:

Last week you read of Lt. Michael Murphy being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. On Tuesday President Bush will formally present the medal to Lt. Murphy’s family in a ceremony at the White House.

Most of you know that the Medal of Honor is the highest award for battlefield valor that our nation can bestow, awarded to individuals who distinguish themselves “…conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States…” and is held in such esteem that it is presented personally by the President in the name of Congress. Often mistakenly called the Congressional Medal of Honor, due to it being the only medal to be presented in their name, over the years it has become almost iconoclastic in the reverence for which it is held. So much so that President Truman once said “I would rather have the blue band of the Medal of Honor around my neck than be president”.

When our nation was first formed there were no medals for bravery, they being viewed as “smacking too much of European affectations” and contrary to the egalitarian ideals of the Revolution. There were however three Badges of Military Merit awarded by Gen. Washington during the war. These were the original genesis for the Medal of Honor today. On December 12, 1861 President Lincoln signed Public Resolution 82 which created the Medal of Honor for the US Navy and Marine Corps. On June 12 1862 an Army medal was authorized by Congress and both were made permanent in 1863.

Prior to WWI the criteria for receiving a Medal of Honor were not as stringent as they are today. In fact, there were 1522 awarded in the Civil War, compared to only 124 for WWI, 464 for WWII, 131 in Korea, and 245 in Viet Nam. In 1916 the War Department, in an effort to curtail abuse of the Medal and ensure its prestige and prominence, reviewed every citation for the Medal of Honor and revoked 911 of them in what became know as the “Purge of 1917”.

To illustrate the prestige the War Department sough to protect, since its inception, 3459 medals have been awarded to 3,444 individual recipients, (including nine unknowns). That is 144 years, seven major wars, and countless smaller engagements in which millions of our nation’s sons have gone in harms way, and only 3459 acts sufficient to be awarded the Medal.

There are currently only 109 living recipients, and the last Medal of Honor awarded to a living recipient was presented to Lt. Bruce Crandall on February 26th 2007 for his actions of November 14, 1965 at the Battle of Ia Drang (memorialized in the book and movie “We Were Soldiers Once…”). Since the Viet Nam war, there have been, including Lt. Murphy’s, only 5 acts of bravery for which the Medal of Honor has been awarded. All five have been posthumous.

Which brings us to the subject of this week’s Unsung Glory, Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith.

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It’s Monday, so it’s time for another of LC Crunchie 0311’s excellent posts praising the heroes that the MSM wants us to forget about. In this case, the New York Slimes (may their stock value continue to plummet) took the “prize” for refusing to mention today’s hero with a single word.

But hey, we’re sure that the New York Seditionists have a staff full of Medal of Honor recipients (awarded for bravely not passing out from paper cuts or withstanding the unholy terror of brain freeze at the water cooler), so it’s probably no big deal to them.

Anyway, who cares about the New York Al-Qaeda Times? Today is about Lt Michael Murphy.

Take it away, LC Crunchie:

LT Michael “Mikey” Murphy
It was a warm summer afternoon of June 28, 2005 in the Konar province of Afghanistan. Laying in hiding on a ridge of the 10,000 foot tall Sawtalo Sar Mountain was a four man team of Navy SEALs led by 29 year old Lt. Michael Murphy from Patchogue NY. Also in Lt. Murphy’s SEAL Team 1 of elite warriors were Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz, 25, a communications expert from Colorado, Petty Officer Matt Axelson, 29, a scratch golfer from Cupertino CA known as the “perfect sniper”, and Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, 29, a karate expert from Texas, whose back bore a tattoo of half of a trident, the SEAL insignia. His twin brother, also a SEAL, wore the other half.

Their mission, dubbed Operation Red Wing was to capture or kill a high ranking jihadist know as Ahmad Shah. Under the nom de guerre of Muhammad Ismail, the 30 something year old terrorist led a group of Pashtun fighters known as the “Mountain Tigers”.

Before it was over, the mission would result in the worst loss of life in the SEALs 45 year history, with a total of 11 SEALS killed in action, along with eight soldiers from the Army’s 16th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), the “Nightstalkers”.

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It’s Monday, so it’s time for this week’s installment of Unsung Glory, courtesy of LC Crunchie 0311.

This week’s story doesn’t involve charging into a hail of fire, but it’s no less heroic because of that. As a matter of fact, to one little Iraqi boy and his family, U.S. troops will forever be their biggest heroes.

Without further ado, we hand it over to Crunchie:

Heroism isn’t always about acts of courage on the field of battle. Very often though they do center on saving the life of another.

Everyone knows the Marine Corps official motto, Semper Fidelis. A lesser known unofficial motto, or perhaps description is a more appropriate word, is “No greater enemy, no better friend”. To quote Maj. Gene Duncan, “Civilians will never understand how a Marine can kill with one hand and caress with the other”. Marines have always had a soft spot for children, especially in the war zones they have found themselves in since 1775, which brings us to this weeks Unsung Heroes.

On March 9, 2007 Marines from Scout Platoon, HQ and Service Co., 4th Tank Battalion (coincidentally the same Battalion Crumb Crunchie is to be assigned to once he learns how to shoot a $180,000 TOW missile without killing himself) were traveling down a main road in the area of Fallujah when they stopped to investigate a possible IED. Marines posted on security watched through binoculars as a car further down the road lost control and flipped several times, finally landing on its roof.

Now there was a dilemma. They had a suspected IED, and a car crash. Was one, or both, a diversion for an ambush? Were they in the kill zone now? Was there a kill zone at the scene of the accident?

The patrol maintained its perimeter and soon determined that the IED was a false alarm. They then raced to the scene of the accident and set up perimeter security. Petty Officer 3rd Class Maurell D. Higginbottom was the 22 year old Corpsman assigned to the patrol. He began to asses the family who had been riding in the car and were now sitting in shock at the side of the road. Several Iraqis were also trying to help the family.

Then the father pointed at the overturned car and yelled “Baby!” Alarm bells went off in the Marines heads and several rushed to the car and began a frantic search for the missing child. They could not find one however.

Refusing to give up the search for an injured baby, Marines crowded around the overturned car and lifted it on its side, discovering the badly wounded body of a 5 year old boy. Staff Sgt. Juan Verdura, a 29-year-old platoon commander from Miami, grabbed the boy and yelled for Doc Higginbottom.

Doc Higginbottom immediately went to work, opening the boy’s airway and treating him for shock. The boy was breathing now but badly injured.

Sgt. Christopher P. Olloqui, the Patrol Commander called for a Medevac and within minutes a CH46 Sea Knight was inbound. All of the family had varying degrees of injuries from the accident and were taken aboard the chopper and flown to Camp Taqaddum Surgical Center.

S/Sgt Verdura flew with the family to Camp Taqaddum;

“When the doctor came out and told me everyone was stable I felt a wave of relief pass through me,” he said. “Looking at the little boy, who (resembled) my little nephew really hit home to me.”

Sgt. Olloqui, the 23 year old Patrol Commander, told Lance Cpl. Randall Little, a Combat Correspondent for Regimental Combat Team 6; “I’m very glad we were there to help these people. That’s the whole reason why we’re here.”

Considering the limited emergency services available in Iraq, if Sgt. Olloqui, Doc Higginbottom, and the rest of those Marines had not been there, it is very likely that the little boy would have died.

A minor and inconsequential incident in a large war. Unless you’re that family, or more so a 5 year old boy who is still alive thanks to the Unsung Heroes of HQ and Services Co., 4th Tank Battalion.

Note: To all the Dog Faces out there, I promise this will not be a Marine exclusive feature, it’s just harder to find acts of Army heroics :) Just kidding, I have plenty of ‘em.

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The Good Guys™ took out another of Michael Moore-on’s Minutemen™ in Iraq.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.-led forces have killed one of the most important leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recent similar operations have left the organization fractured, a top American commander said Friday.

“Abu Usama al-Tunisi was one of the most senior leaders … the emir of foreign terrorists in Iraq and part of the inner leadership circle,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson.

Al-Tunisi was a leader in helping bring foreign terrorists into the country and his death “is a key loss” to al-Qaeda leadership there, Anderson told a Pentagon news conference via videoconference from Baghdad.

Anderson said recent coalition operations also have helped cut in half the previous flow of foreign fighters into Iraq, which had been at about 60 to 80 a month.

He credited the work of the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement and U.S. teams.

Unnamed sources state that Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins are rumored to be making arrangements to attend the funeral and issue eulogies for the deceased. (Well, we just started the rumor, but at least we’re the first to report on it.)


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Don’t allow the Dem Cong piss on this man’s sacrifice!
Don’t let them endanger our children!

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Our own Jaybear recently had the pleasure of spending a day afloat aboard the USS Cleveland (LPD-7), an amphibious transport ship. He captured some nice photos of his day on the briny-blue, rubbing elbows with our fine Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned.

Being ever the gentleman he is, Jaybear obtained some fine photos of his adventure with the blessing of the Navy’s PAO and the Major leading the attached Marine contingent, and a promise to post them up for the folks at home. Not being content with just posting the pics, Jaybear came up with a righteous web page.

A Day Aboard The USS Cleveland

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

America’s finest, in Defense of Freedom. May G-d Bless them and their families, one and all.

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…about true heroes and their humble and unassuming nature.

I can’t really say more than that without ruining the “punchline”, so just go read it.

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The Imperial Firearms Advisor has an update on Operation Melt Their Friggin’ Server:

The Mrs. asked me to keep you guys in the loop about this. We’re at 4,970 as of this morning. The RCT has decided they want to send out a flag from their HQ to the 6000th emailer, plus another if they get to 10,000 or 20,000.

4,970 support emails for RCT-6, USMC?


The fact that the Internets aren’t groaning under the weight of a Biblical Deluge of support messages, slowing down to a crawl already is a fucking DISGRACE!

Who the fuck does a poor Emperor have to screw in this country to get you gottdamm slackers to fire up your email programs???

But OK, we’ve now received a secondary objective: Not only must you melt their server down, you now have a duty to make sure that they run out of flags as well.

NOW HOP TO IT, und ein Bißchen willig, verdammt noch Mal!

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