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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Unsung Glory
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Our very dear friend, LC Crunchie 0311, was reading “No True Glory” by Bing West and, at the end, got to thinking:

What happened to telling the stories of our heroes? Everybody knows about famous, historical battles all the way back to Troy, and you would think that with the possibilities that today’s technology carries with it, it would be the easiest thing in the world to make sure that our warriors’ noble and heroic deeds would live on forever in the minds of generations present and future.

Of course, that doesn’t quite fit with the pussified “progressive” mindset that we’re all supposed to embrace today (not to mention that it most certainly wouldn’t fit with the political agendas of most of the “storytellers” with the biggest bullhorns, i.e. the MSM), Heaven forbid that we should ever glorify such brutal, dirty, un-nuanced business as fighting and dying! Best to just let those uneducated brutes go about their necessary business while the rest of us safely ignore the fact that there’s a dangerous, nasty world outside our comfy gates, and that we only reside in safety here thanks to the warriors whose deeds we so shamelessly ignore and refuse to give credit to.

There are snapshots of Slutney Spears’ snatch to plaster all over the front pages, after all.

Anyway, Crunchie had an idea and, true to form, it was annoyingly brilliant. So annoyingly brilliant, in fact, that I promptly had to steal it. And as if that wasn’t enough, I then proceeded to volunteer him to do the footwork required for its implementation while stealing all the credit for it. Oh yes, I am that evil! Except my little scheme might have worked better if I hadn’t just told you all about it.

Let’s have a weekly tribute to one of our heroes, let us share the story of a warrior of ours, because that is all a warrior craves. To be remembered. He wants no riches, he wants no personal glory, he just wants for him and his brothers in arms to be remembered. Well, we can do our bit to help there, can’t we?

So with a lot of help from Crunchie to whom the credit should go for the write-up, here’s our first hero:

SGT Aubrey McDade Jr., USMC, receives the Navy Cross for bravery “in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and performed in such a manner that it set him apart from his or her shipmates or fellow Marines.”

At the time of his actions, SGT McDade was a machine gunner attached to 1st Plt, Bravo Co. 1st Bn. 8th Marines during Al Fajr, the second battle of Fallujah. It was November 11, 2004, one day after the 231st birthday of the Corps. That was a birthday the Marines in Fallujah, like so many Marines before them, had celebrated under fire. They still performed the cake cutting tradition whenever the ebb and flow of combat permitted, but with MRE pound cake instead of the more delicate and sweet fare of previous, more peaceful Birthday Balls.

And today, the day after the celebrations, the Hajis were planning to spoil the occasion. A sister company had been bogged down in an ambush, and Bravo Co. rushed up to help their comrades. On the way, they themselves came under fire from Hajis wearing Iraqi Security Forces uniforms, yet another violation of the Geneva Conventions that the liberals think should only apply to our forces, and within minutes three Marines had been severely injured by enemy fire.

Making things worse, the rest of Bravo Co. was still under heavy fire, fire intensifying furiously whenever somebody tried to move from cover to help their injured brothers. Without regard for his own safety, SGT McDade decided that he was going to go get ‘em, no matter what. His Gunny told him that, were he to be injured out there, they’d be unable to get him out of there immediately.

“That’s OK”, SGT McDade answered, “just don’t let me die out there.”

With that he stripped off all of his gear except for his Kevlar helmet, flak jacket and M16, and dashed into the fire swept alley, relying on speed to carry him the few hundred feet to the closest of the wounded Marines. Enemy fire was so intense that it was catching the dry bushes around him on fire as he stripped the gear off of Lance Corporal Andrew Russell, whose leg had been nearly severed by the enemy fire.

McDade slung Russell over his shoulder and ran the gauntlet of fire to his own position, enemy rounds cracking by every step of the way. “The rounds were getting real close to me, so I just tossed Russell as far as I could and just laid down in the road,” McDade later said. “When it lightened up, I drug him the rest of the way to the CCP.”

But there were still two more Marines out there, so McDade wasn’t done yet. After having miraculously survived an almost suicidal dash to get to his brothers once, he ran, dove, and crawled from cover to cover until he reached the next Marine, L/Cpl Christian Dominguez. “He was a little-bitty fellow, so I made him take off all of his gear, had him keep his weapon, put him on my shoulder and ran as fast as I could,” Sgt. McDade recalled.

Cpl. Nathan Anderson was the last Marine. By the time Sgt. McDade was ready to go back out for his third trip, tank support had arrived and had cleared a path to the grievously wounded Marine. Compared to the first two trips, the last was a cake walk. But it was unfortunately too late for Cpl. Anderson, who was already dead when Sgt. McDade reached him. Many of the Marines there with Sgt. McDade that day thought that Anderson was dead before McDade made his first run, but McDade insisted on going anyway.

McDade didn’t want the medal at first, because he knew that he would receive accolades for the medal, not for what he and his Marines had done. When he later accepted it, he made it clear that: “I got it for the Marines who have fallen and for all the Marines who have done great things and never been recognized. This award, I’m accepting it for me, but at the same time I’m accepting it for all the Marines who go before and after me.

”Now a drill instructor, McDade shares the story with his recruits, but while other DI’s tell McDade’s story early on, he himself waits until the Crucible.

“I don’t want them to listen to me because I have a medal,” he said. “I want them to listen to me because I’m a Marine.”

Semper Fi, SGT McDade. You’re a credit to the uniform, an invaluable asset to our nation and an example for all of us to follow.

And you are right. You are but one of many. May we never forget.

OO-RAH!

52 Responses to “Unsung Glory”
  1. sig94 Comment by sig94

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    This guy needs a wheel barrow to carry his balls around. Talk about selflessness; Unsung Glory is a good name for this feature.

  2. LC Old Dog Comment by LC Old Dog

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    Don’t tell Crunchie I said this but, I’ll trade you any number of Officers you want for one good Marine NCO. And this shudder from a guy whose Offical Sig Block ends

    SFC RET.
    USA

    :em93:

  3. maxxpig Comment by maxxpig

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    Ya got a lot of material to work with Crunchie. Hell, you could steal, er research a years worth of entries at Yon’s site alone. These men and women are doing a most remarkable job in Iraq and Afghanistan. So much of it is with their wit and wisdom too. Yeah they kick ass like no others but they have a sense of fairness and what’s right.

    You may have seen this article
    http://modernconservative.com/blog/934_Returning_soldiers_gunning_for_Democrats.html

    Money Quote:
    Guess what, Democrats. These young men and women are going to be coming home. They’re going to be armed with the knowledge, responsibility, wisdom, and leadership ability they gained in the military. They’re not going to forget what happened on the home front, and they won’t forget which side of the political spectrum did it to them.

    And they’re going to be running for office.

    :em99:

  4. BobF Comment by BobF

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    In Professional Military Education we studied acts of heroism that earned men the Medal of Honor. I’ve read the citations of quite a few men who’ve fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and many of them should have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Has anybody noticed not one living Soldier or Marine has been awarded the Medal of Honor. So far they’ve all been awarded Posthumously. In other wars, men were awarded the Medal of Honor shortly after their acts of heroism but how come not in this war? Something isn’t right when our young men and women can only receive this nations highest award by being killed in battle.

  5. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    1) This was an incredible piece

    2) maxxpig
    Democratic Iraqi war veterans are going to be running for office, too.

  6. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Democratic Iraqi war veterans are going to be running for office, too.

    Somehow I don’t think that Scott Beauchump’s campaign is going to take off. But maybe it’s just me.

    The communications from it, on the other hand, should make for some Great Moments in Creative Writing, however.

  7. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    I’m about to shoot myself over this editing back and forth.

    Misha
    I was talking about real soldiers who fought, not Scott Beauchamp. Good god!

  8. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    BobF

    Has anybody noticed not one living Soldier or Marine has been awarded the Medal of Honor… Something isn’t right when our young men and women can only receive this nations highest award by being killed in battle.

    And some times even that isn’t enough. Sgt. Rafael Peralta dove on a hand grenade to save his buddies during Fallujah and he still hasn’t received the MoH.

    I am all for the standards to get the MoH being stringent, but how much of an investigation does it take to verify that a Marine knowingly sacrificed his life to save his fellow Marines.

    Ya got a lot of material to work with Crunchie.

    Ya ain’t just whistling Dixie there Maxxpig. I read through dozens of stories while researching this. I finally ended settling on Sgt.McDade because he was in my old battalion.

    There are literally hundred of stories like this, and even more of quiet heroes winning this war with every candy bar given out, every school opened, every high five or thumbs up to a young kid.

    For example there was a story I heard/read somewhere about a Marine Gunny whose wife sent stuffed toy animals to his unit for them to give out to the kids. He was on a vehicle patrol when the column stopped. The lead hummvee said that there was a little girl in the middle of the road refusing to move. The gunny told them to go around her. When he got up to her location he recognized her, and he recognized the teddy bear she was holding as one that his wife had shipped over. He exited his hummvee and walked over to her. When he did she pointed next to her at a mine in the road. She had refused to leave, forcing the column around the mine.

    That Gunny, or his wife, will never receive a medal for those toys, but they undoubtedly saved some lives that day. Other warriors, doing nothing more than being American fighting men who have a soft spot for kids, have probably saved countless more. Not just now, but when these kids grow up, they will remember the kindness of the American soldier.

    Tons of stories out there.

  9. LC Gunsniper Comment by LC Gunsniper

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    These kind of stories prove that superheroes do exist, and they aren’t dressed in gaudy tights with capes. Quite frankly, there aren’t enough medals and accolades to properly reward these courageous souls.

  10. maxxpig Comment by maxxpig

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    I remember that story Crunchie. I believe the only journalist who would print it was with the
    Tenneseean(sp).

    PC

    Democratic Iraqi war veterans are going to be running for office, too.

    With the mil running about 70-80% conservative I think we’ll do ok.

  11. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    wow, talk about having hero written all over you. God Bless you Sergeant. I’m damned proud you’re on our side.

    look at the face on this Marine’s son, talk about courage of deeper sort:
    a young heo

    God Bless this kid and all of the families of those who defend us. They are heroes in their own right….every one of them

  12. workinwifdakids Comment by workinwifdakids

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    “This story shall the good man teach his son…”

    William Shakespeare
    King Henry V, Act IV, Scene III

  13. Unregistered Comment by Uchuck the Tuchuck

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    “What happened to telling the stories of our heroes? Everybody knows about famous, historical battles all the way back to Troy, and you would think that with the possibilities that today’s technology carries with it, it would be the easiest thing in the world to make sure that our warriors’ noble and heroic deeds would live on forever in the minds of generations present and future.”

    Scheduled for publication on 19 February 2008, my first book is spot on the topic. Awarded for Valour is a comprehensive history of the Victoria Cross from the first winner in the Baltic in 1854 to the most recent winner in Afghanistan in 2005.

    In the process it addresses the phenomenon noted by BobF above concerning posthumous awards. I haven’t done the same sort of research on the MOH, but the VC went through a similar trend following the First World War: before 1918 the vast majority of VCs were bestowed on living winners (until 1903 there wasn’t even an option for a posthumous award). Following the Great War the regulations of the award were rewritten and tightened considerably (for among other reasons, in a misogynistic attempt to make sure no woman even qualified to win one; they were included by statute in the 1920 warrant, but none of the service representatives at the conference that rewrote the regs were happy with the idea).

    Instigated in part by the post-war committee’s desire to make sure sentimentality did not induce male officers to recommend “undeserving” female candidates, tightening the regulations meant that fewer borderline incidents got recommended. Getting killed in the commission of an heroic act was certainly proof of “extreme devotion to duty,” whereas survival might not be. Thus, a higher proportion of those recommended would be the honored dead, for whom a stronger case could be made under the tighter regulations.

    The net result was far fewer VCs for the Second World War (over 600 for WWI, only 180 for WWII), despite a larger troop commitment and longer duration of hostilities, and a much higher “cost of courage” among the winners. In WWI roughly 30% of VC winners were either killed in action or died of wounds sustained in winning the award. In WWII that jumped to over 50% KIA or DOW.

    I don’t know if the MOH has undergone a similar evolution for similar reasons, but who and what get recommended are subject to change over time.

  14. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    Crunchie, thank you for bringing such a fine MAN, this Marine, to our attention.
    We desperately need to hear these stories.

    Jaybear, I’ve had that other fine young man’s photo from your comment as my screen saver for months - he so epitomizes bravery as well. His Dad would’ve been brass button-bursting proud…

  15. M167A1 Comment by M167A1

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    As long as we have people like this there is hope for us.

    Thanks Buddy

    VFW 379

  16. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    WOW I thought people like only existed in movies-reminds me of a scene in forest gump. I think I am going to like this feature. All these stories should be bound in a book. :em69: :em69:

  17. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    Well done America, and my heartfelt congratulations to Sgt McDade. It is an honour to be living next to such a great nation. Now, let’s see if the politicians will recognize true courage and dedication and even mention this anytime…

  18. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    It is an honour to be living next to such a great nation.

    They actually let me live here Hardclimber. Legally and everything. Makes a fella mist up sometimes.

    Now, let’s see if the politicians will recognize true courage and dedication and even mention this anytime…

    You can’t recognise something you can’t comprehend and will never feel and frankly I doubt more than a handful of our current crop of the “representative government” are capable of missing lunch to help another human being, let alone risking their lives.

    Let’s hope I’m just a cynic.

    On a more palatable note, I have had to stop reading the Medal of Honour citations at work. It’s hard to help people find their hotel room when you’re choked up…..

  19. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    NCLivingBrit

    No shame in being “choked up” in the face of valour my friend, quite the contrary. If only more people, especially the politicos, took the time to actually read AND comprehend what is involved in getting a military honour, they might stop whining everytime their laptop stops working or someone took their parking spot… And OldDog, I agree, during my service in our Airforce, our technicians and NCOs were second to none. I felt privileged to have these men working on my aircraft. They were the most valuables members of our squadron. Pilots are a dime a dozen, top-technicians are precious gems…

  20. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    NC Living Brit

    They actually let me live here Hardclimber. Legally and everything. Makes a fella mist up sometimes.

    There’s a reason for that, you know. You’re like Misha, and Kim du Toit, and others who have come here, legally, through all the bullshit. It’s because you understand what t means to be an American. A Citizen. Not a subject. Not a cog in a socialist machine. A Citizen.

    I used to work with a number of former Laotian refugees who had gone through all of the steps necessary to get their citizenship. One of them made the comment to me that he understood more of what it meant to be an American than a lot of the people we worked with who had been born here.

    I had to agree with him.

  21. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    One of them made the comment to me that he understood more of what it meant to be an American than a lot of the people we worked with who had been born here.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that about myself, but I would say I -appreciate- this country in a way that those born here might not.

    Not so long ago, I used to work for Wal Mart, in the electronics department. We had -one- US citizen and a whole host of resident aliens from Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. We usually had just the one US citizen in all the time I worked there, we just swapped out different immigrants :)

    The fellow from Sierra Leone was pretty much the most upbeat and happy guy I’ve met. Always smiling (and flirting with anything in a skirt….), happy to be at work and generally one of those folks who can set your teeth on edge when you’re tired and cranky and wishing you were anywhere else.

    In a grump, I once asked him “What the Hell are you grinning about all the time?”. His answer shut me up. He was happy all the time because he knew he wouldn’t wake up and find his late fathers political and business enemies kicking in the door. And happy because he’d managed to escape the bloody attack that left half his family dead and the rest fleeing the country for their lives. He was happy because he had a good job, a clean place to live and pretty girls he could talk to without worrying (mostly) that someone would take offence and blow his brains out with an AK47. He was happy that the USA decided he should be allowed to stay, because going home was a death sentence.

    It puts things into perspective, it really does.

  22. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    Sorry to get off topic there, Boss, Crunchie.

    As far as I am concerned, this man is the definition of “United States Marine“.
    He’s the example we pray we can meet if we ever find ourselves in a dangerous situation with others.

    I don’t know if I could live up to the standard he has shown, I just pray that, if I ever have to find out, I can.

  23. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    NC Living Brit

    It puts things into perspective, it really does.

    No argument there, bro. No argument at all, at all.

  24. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    Of course, it is only through the actions of men and women like SGT Aubrey McDade Jr., USMC that the USA has raised itself above the turbulent anarchies that fester in so much of the rest of the world. In coming here, I’ve been gifted with a place among the protected.

    The sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, our peace officers, our emergency personnel must be recognised…. Each act to better this nation and protect those who live here could be paid for in blood, but each and every day they wear their responsibilities quietly, humbly and without expectation of recognition.

    Something I need to remember when I’m bitching up a storm about the lame stresses of my work day.

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  26. BigDogg Comment by BigDogg

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    Brave, fiercely loyal, humble and tough as hell - yup, this man is a Marine through and through. God bless him and every other Marine, soldier, sailor and airman serving - as well as their families.

    I am blessed to live in a great nation defended by such heroes. Sir Guido said it well:

    I don’t know if I could live up to the standard he has shown, I just pray that, if I ever have to find out, I can.

  27. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    I think telling these stories have left the part of our society that hasn’t sat by a fireplace enchanted with the words of our Ancient Loved Ones, as they re-lived them through the kids.
    All that’s been replace by cable, ipods n’ teletubbies..
    For most, anyhoo,
    BUT there are some kids that will always amaze ya,,
    Enough to give me hope, anyways.

  28. BobF Comment by BobF

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    by Hardclimber54

    And OldDog, I agree, during my service in our Airforce, our technicians and NCOs were second to none. I felt privileged to have these men working on my aircraft. They were the most valuables members of our squadron. Pilots are a dime a dozen, top-technicians are precious gems…

    Here’s a good article about maintenance troops written 1931 by Capt. Ira Eaker who later became a LtGeneral and Air Force Chief of Staff.

  29. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    Thank you BobF

    This old captain could not have said it better himself!!! Every time I pulled a little annoyed tiff over the fact that “my” aicraft was either not ready, declared “grounded” or pulled off the flight line, a tech Sgt would “gently” remind me that whenever he said the aircraft was ready, only then was it f..king ready…Sir! Better “tiffed” than dead, having to eject (always an inconvenience, ejecting) or losing a valuable aircraft. Don’t forget folks, Canada has only so many fighters, and losing one just because of some snotty-nose pilot who though he knew it all is really, really frowned upon. It was easier to face the reproach of the squadron commander after some idiotic mistake than the contained wrath of the Tech Sgt!!! Thank you for reminding us of the miracles these technicians keep pulling to give us our moment of “adulation”. They were (and still are!) the better men…

  30. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten

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    Outstanding. Anyone who utters an unkind word against any American Serviceman (or woman), should be summarily beaten to a bloody pulp. This Marine defines what America means. Or used to, anyway. But this is proof that Honor is not dead. Please give us every such story you can find. We need it badly.

  31. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    Outstanding. Anyone who utters an unkind word against any American Serviceman (or woman), should be summarily beaten to a bloody pulp.

    Last time I was personally present for someone talking shite about Marines (Royal rather than USMC) that was exactly what happened. Apparently crowing about British soldiers being killed in Northern Ireland isn’t a smart thing to do when several off-duty Marines are sitting at the table behind you :)

  32. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    NCLivingBrit

    Let me guess… The quacking idiot was not offered a beer by the off-duty RMs! Would be damn hard to drink it from the other side of your face, wouldn’t it..? Anywhere one goes, there is always, it seems, someone ready to shit all over the Service. It’s the thing to do for the wannabe-hippies here in Canada. One told me once, upon hearing that my son was in the army “I have no time for guys like him, I even hate their guts” to which I replied “It is your privilege, but keep in mind that he’s ready to die for you just the same”. He, wisely at this point, decided to STFU and disappear. Must have been my gentle, even tone of voice that convinced him…

  33. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    I am humbled by this Marine’s contribution to humanity. These are our heroes, people. Let’s not forget them, and welcome them home properly. As long as my bank account will allow, no Marine will have to pay for his drinks while I’m around.

    …and the statement you heard, HardClimber:

    “I have no time for guys like him, I even hate their guts”

    …this is why I hate Canada. When I get my US citizenship, I will never, ever return. It’s already in my will that I don’t wish to be buried in Canada. It was once a proud nation. Now it’s a cesspool of self-righteous, arrogant hippies.

  34. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    Great idea Crunchie and a superb example as the first one to be honoured.
    One can only look on in awe at the dedication, bravery, selflessness and love of their comrades that motivates the young men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States.

    ACLPoo sez;

    It was once a proud nation. Now it’s a cesspool of self-righteous, arrogant hippies.

    Not all, my friend, not all. There are enough of our young heroes fighting and dying in shitholes around the world, to combat the terrorists, and I personally take immense pride in their accomplishments. They are neither self-righteous nor arrogant. Just good lads doing their duty in the face of a largely uncaring public.

    Joe D.

  35. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    Our soldiers are better men than I. It is the Canadian public, the arrogant hippies, the leftist, self-righteous assholes that make me sick of it here. However, I don’t find Afghan society something worth our soldiers’ blood. They are savages undeserving of those fine men. Canadian soldiers are something to be proud of every day. I have two friends, one guy I work with, in Afghanistan right now. Canada as a nation is something that hasn’t been worthy of pride since Trudeau became PM.
    I will not miss Canada, and vow here in front of God and Man that I will never, ever return, even after I’m dead. I want to live and be buried someplace I have pride in. Plus, this climate is disgusting anyway.

  36. BauerPower Comment by BauerPower

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    Awesome idea from Crunchie and God Bless the Marines, and Dogfaces, Swabies, Air Force, and every other armed service person serving out there.

    Here’s where heroes abound….

    Honor Guard

    Old Vet

    Hope this isn’t too morose, or mournful, but here’s where the heroes rest, at least for a while…

    Trumpets Fade

  37. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    I had editing issues, so I couldn’t tell Crunchie that the piece made me cry.

    I also have a question about NCOs. I had read that a lot of them in Iraq were getting to the point where they wanted to start families and were leaving the service. The article said that was a real loss, because they were critical to the morale and functioning of their unit and hard to replace. Does that seem to be the case?

    I had also read that older soldiers who had the option of going home were re-enlisting because they wanted to help the younger kids. (NYT) Any comment?

  38. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    And they’re going to be running for office.

    Or voting for those that do, maxxpig. During the last election I felt Kerry had a slight edge in votes….but once he reported for duty on television. I came out of my chair swearing, as did about three million other vets my age.
    And Kerry lost. I am proud to be part of that……

  39. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    PC

    If this piece made you cry than you truly are a kind person.

    NCO’s leave the military at various points and for various reasons, stable family life being but one. Even peacetime service is extremely hard on a family, wartime even more so.

    As far as reenlistment rates, they are up, so much so that units are regularly requesting increases and waivers of their alloted slots so they can allow all the members wishing to ship over for another hitch to do so. The MOS withe the highest retention rates, combat arms, especially the infantry.

  40. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Joe D, good to see you again brother.

  41. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Indeed it is, crunchie. I read this post and thought about JoeD’s dad and his service. I thought about my dad, how the war fucked him up physically… I have a treasured picture in my gunsafe of he and his crew next to their B-17, the one he got shot down in. Yet I remember being told he wouldn’t bail out until he helped three other men ahead of him. Somehow I am not surprised. It still gets to me, it gets to me now…especially watching this….over twelve thousand B-17’s built, four thousand destroyed, forty-seven thousand killed or wounded. And that’s just one airplane, sturdy soul that she was….they flew over England, France, Denmark and Belgium…and yes, Germany.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe36UMRkRbk&mode=related&search=

  42. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    crunchie, great to have a little more time to drop in now and again, my friend! There is something about being with all the Geriatric Gyrenes and Jumpers that gives one a lift! :em99:

  43. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    Cave Thanks for remembering my friend. All those dads were really something, weren’t they?

  44. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Well, Joe I expect to see ya back here at least once a week now ya hear! Please note the at least part.

    BTW, the e-mail addie I have for ya don’t work anymore. If ya still have mine shoot me a line.

  45. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    ACLPoo

    I fully understand your point, especially about our weather (I live in the Maritimes, New Brunswick in fact enough said…). Myself, I feel it is my duty to stay here and remind my fellow citizens that their precious freedom they so gingerly take for granted is paid for, daily, by the young men and women of our Armed Forces in distant hellholes, including the left-leaning hippies f..cking know-it-all who never left the boundaries of their provinces. And those veterans who only seem to be remembered but for a few minutes every 11 November (that’s our Remembrance Day my American friends) are the quickly disappearing symbols of folks who understood their duties, never questionned it, and did whatever needed to be done to make the world a safer place. The “quick-to-decide what’s good for you socialists” can never understand what those rows of medals really mean, the PRICE paid, then and now. No, I must remain here and be part of those who will NOT bend to the leftists’ policies whenever and wherever we can. Canada is a great nation, and it is well-worth defending despite what has, and is, being done to it. Our soldiers are not dying for nothing.

  46. Unregistered Comment by aussiesupporter

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    This article concept is a long-time coming absolutely necessary as it allows non-serving members of our community to gain an insight into the world the fine men and women in the armed forces face everyday.

    Sgt McDade is a true hero in every sense of the word and I am honoured that he and people of his stature serve to selflessly protect individual rights and freedoms around the world. If I am ever lucky enough to run into him or his ilk in a bar in Australia, drinks are on me!

  47. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    Our soldiers are not dying for nothing.

    We bring democracy to Afghans, they vote for the Taliban. I suppose I’ll have to see more of the progress being made to be convinced the Afghans are worth Christian blood. I don’t count on the media for that, but I’m finding it tough to agree it’s worth my brethren’s blood so some lowlife muslim, some piece of shit who would beat his wife near to death if she even took off her veil in public, let alone vote, to be “free” of the people he would most likely vote in again. It’s just no logical to think that’s “worth it”.
    I agree it’s important to keep the Taliban from regrouping, but IMO, carpet bombing, not peacekeeping, is the answer to that. I simply don’t see muslims as humans worthy of Christians.

  48. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    ACLPoo

    A lot of Muslims may not be worthy of Christian blood, at least not right now. But this is the Long War, and the only way we will ever have true peace and security, where the threat of radical Islam is diminished, if not eliminated, is to change the 7th century culture that embraces Wahibism. We do that by fighting for future generations of Muslims to have the opportunity to know that there is an alternative to the savagery that has been their only existence for far to long.

    It’s not for this generation of Muslims, it’s for the kids who will have memories of the good we are doing for them, not the lies they’ve been fed about us.

  49. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    ACLPoo

    Many Afghans will vote for whoever holds a gun to their heads, figuratively and literally, hence the vital need to have the Taliban turds holding said gun “permanently erased” first, THEN show them that living by and for the gun is not a life that will ensure the safety and development of their nation. I fully agree that some muslim wannabe taliban is not worth a dried dog turd, much less the life of one of our soldier, but Crunchie makes a good point about the memories left by men and women who took the time and made sacrifices to ensure, or at least tried to make, a brighter future for the young Afghans. Maybe Afghanistan will never get out of the 7th century, but to let the taliban cancer eat away at it isn’t going to help. I can’t read the future, but I know what will happen if we pull our troops out of there before that disease called the talifuckingban is completely eradicated. Even then there is no guarantee the Afghans will change their ways, but at least our soldiers will have removed a cluster of active terrorists, and that alone makes the price paid more acceptable. To lose one of our fine people is grief, but that one soldier who dies believing he/she has helped spare another 9/11 or any other terror attack has added fuel to the torch of freedom everywhere. Their very lives of honour and duty make this torch worth holding, don’t you think..?

  50. Unregistered Comment by leoni2, LC

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    Nice research there, Crunchie. Just got finished going through it and the comments. Hope to see more of same in the future.

    Maxx, thanks for the article. Although still a Democrat, I for one hope that the vets coming out of this war do go and run out of Washington all of the idiot defeatists within the national Democratic Party. Bunch of jerks and fools the lot of them. And I really hoping that one of them will have the guts to take on Teddy and his money. I’ll be honest, fatboy NEEDS TO GO!!! :em96:

  51. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Well said Hardclimber, very well said.

  52. Unregistered Comment by Archon

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    In the same vein as this thread, let no one forget 3 OCT 1993 and the Battle of the Black Sea. Most people will remember this as the battle portrayed in the excellent book, “Black Hawk Down,” by Mark Bowden, and the movie by the same name.

    14 years ago, TF Ranger and the 160th SOAR fought a pitched gunbattle against thousands of Somalis that left 19 Warriors dead, ruined the careers of one SECDEF and one General, and proved to the world that Bill Clinton would not respond to radical Islamic agression. Despite being outnumbered an estimated 55 to 1, the men of TF Ranger and 160th SOAR ACCOMPLISHED their mission, no matter what the MSM would want you to believe, and they did so with minimal support and loss of life. Those men are all real AMERICAN heroes. Rest In Peace to the fallen. You have fallen, but you will never be forgotten.

    SFC Randy Shugart
    MSG Gary Gordon
    MSG Tim Martin
    SFC Earl Filmore
    SSG Daniel Busch
    SFC Matt Rierson
    CWO Raymond Frank
    SSG William Cleveland
    SSG Thomas Field
    CWO Clifton Wolcott
    CWO Donovan Briley
    SGT Casey Joyce
    SPC James Cavaco
    CPL Jamie Smith
    SGT Dominick Pilla
    PFC Richard Kowalewski
    SGT Lorenzo Ruiz
    SGT Cornell Houston
    PFC James Martin

    RLTW, NSDQ