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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.

32 Responses to “Unsung Glory #2”
  1. Unregistered Comment by Archon

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    it’s just harder to find acts of Army heroics Just kidding, I have plenty of ‘em.

    Yeah, you’d better be kidding! I have a few stories in the vault about some Zoomies and Squids too, if you need them.

  2. Brummbar Comment by Brummbar

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    Bravo, indeed! I am so proud of these guys.

    BTW, could anyone explain to an idiot civvie like myself how Marines are currently organized? Is it squad / platoon / company / battalion / regiment / division like I’ve read about with the Army? I see all this stuff about AirGround this and TaskForce that and I get confused.

    (May they all come home safely. Amen.)

  3. ohio right wing nut Comment by ohio right wing nut

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    Now I thought all the U.S. millitary were subhuman babykillers? [sarcasm/off]

    Good on you MARINE, you and your brothers in arms never fail to make us proud. :em94:

    CRUNCHIE keep up the good work with the stories the msm used to give us.

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

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    Totally proud, and not surprised.

    The thing is, Crunchie’s story ain’t really describing any real anomaly,,coz’ this stuff is “business as usual” among ALL units, All branches, and most of the folks holding the rank of Private Sector that I call friends.

    To Americans.
    You can kill ‘em, but you can’t beat ‘em’
    *KLINK!*

  5. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    “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.”

    You know, an Army typist would have caught that.

    In the words of George S. Patton:

    Someday I want to see them raise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl, ‘Jesus Christ, it’s the Goddamned Third Army again and that son-of-a-fucking-bitch Patton.’ We want to get the hell over there.” The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit.

    Oh well, Semper Fi is due!

  6. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    I am really going to like this unsung glory feature :em34: :em69: it sure picks up the stories our news media misses. Go Marines and US military.

  7. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Archon

    Thanks for the offer. I may hit ya up come around 2025 or so once I get through the stories I have now. Not to mention the new stories that will keep popping up as our boys do what they do best. I could do one of these every day and not run out for a long time, and thats just from The Long War.

    Brumbar
    (Love the name and avatar BTW, talk about an esoteric armor reference!)

    USMC TOE is as follows
    Fire Team
    Squad
    Platoon
    Company
    Battalion
    Regiment
    Division
    The things messing you up are task groupings of units to make self contained combat units. For example, a MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) consists of a BLT (Battalion Landing Team), an aviation squadron (Attack and transport choppers and maybe a Harrier or two), a FSSC (Force Service Support Company, logistics), maybe an artillery battery, and armor. A MEU is embarked on an ARG (Amphibious Ready Group)and makes a powerful forward deployed stike force. A MEB is a Marine Expeditionary Brigade and is built around a Regiment, MEF is built around a Division, so force. AGTF is an Air Ground Task Force, more of a command structure for MEB’s and MEF’s and so on. It’s basically the Wehrmacht’s concept of Kaumpfgrupen, battle groups built around different units to make a cohesive fighting force under one unified command. There’s a lot more, but that’s the basics.

    “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.”

    You know, an Army typist would have caught that.

    A little Froodian Slip there Mope, Bangie Thing must have walked by as I was typing :em99:

  8. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    I am not in the least surprised by what these Marines did, from candy bars to kids….or a hug or a high five. Once in a great while to simply appreciate the sole innocence remaining among such carnage. My heart goes out to these brave sols.

  9. Brummbar Comment by Brummbar

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    Crunchie,

    Thanks so much for the info. Much clearer now.

    Brummbar (Brummbär, actually) literally means “growl-bear” or Grizzly. It was a childhood nickname and only later did I learn it was a WW2 tank. So I use the image.

    At least my folks didn’t call me Sonderkraftfahrzeug.

  10. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    At least my folks didn’t call me Sonderkraftfahrzeug.

    :em99:

    So that’s what SdKfz stands for! If ya want more info on how the Corps is structured and how it organizes the combat arms, check out Clancy’s non-fiction book “Battle Ready”.

  11. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    It was a childhood nickname and only later did I learn it was a WW2 tank.

    150mm Self-propelled Artillery, no less. Quite a punch that one packed.

    So that’s what SdKfz stands for!

    You didn’t know that? Sheesh! ;-)

  12. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    You didn’t know that? Sheesh! ;-)

    Well, I knew what it was at least. :em93:

  13. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Off topic here,

    anyone watching the Yankees/Indians game?

    All I wanna know is who in the hell is that guy who just sang God Bless America?, I’m STILL misty eyed……that’s the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in a looooong time…..

    If I remember right, he’s a New York Cop isn’t he?

  14. Mike M Comment by Mike M

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    I missed it, jaybear. I do know they’ve featured an NYPD officer in the past, and also this fella: Ronan Tynan.

    Both are fantastic.

  15. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Mike M

    Thanks for pointing me at that video, it was Tynan, now you got me all misty again from watching it…..

    jeeebus but I’m a sentimental old fool, think I’ll go outside and stare at my new all weather flag a ‘wavin proudly
    :em94:

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

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    Crunchie - Way t’go, bro!! Another great story. :em69:

    I just KNOW you’ll get around to the Airborne……sooner or later!!

    You will likely be getting a prompt from DumbAssTanker soon, also!!

    Joe D.

  17. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    One of Lt Colonel Doolittle’s raiders has passed away, there are now only 12 of them left.

    God Speed Hero

  18. ohio right wing nut Comment by ohio right wing nut

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    JAYBEAR

    Yes I watched the Indians/Yankees game didn’t see the singing of GOD bless America, T.V. Was probably on mon. nite football at the time.

    ALL I HAVE YO SAY SAY IS FUCK THE YANKEES AND THEIR 200 MILLION DOLLAR PAYROLL GO TRIBE :em94:

    Sorry if any spelling is wrong it’s late, I’m drunk,
    time for bed.

  19. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    I just KNOW you’ll get around to the Airborne……sooner or later!!

    Next one will be a jumper just for you Joe D! Or at the very least a Leg :em99:

    Like I said, there’s thousands of stories out there. It’s a real shame that our esteemed “journalists” in the Old Media can’t spend the fifteen minutes or so of research it takes to find one of these stories, any of them, and spread it far and wide. Yep, they support the troops all right.

  20. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    Crunch-ster-

    A little Froodian Slip there Mope, Bangie Thing must have walked by as I was typing

    Ah. You were thinking asset.

    Very well. Carry on.

  21. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    I know the NYT is evil, but here is some poetry by Iraqi vets returning home

    http://homefires.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/verses-in-wartime-part-1-in-country/?8ty&emc=ty

  22. HoundOfDoom Comment by HoundOfDoom

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    Good on the Marines, this story is a great way to start the day. Kind of puts things in perspective.

    once he learns how to shoot a $180,000 TOW missile without killing himself

    I think I found some training video here…

  23. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Ohio right wing nut sez:

    ALL I HAVE YO SAY SAY IS FUCK THE YANKEES AND THEIR 200 MILLION DOLLAR PAYROLL GO TRIBE :em94:

    Yeah baby!!! :em95: ….given our differing views over the Broncos/Browns, we have something in common after all!!! It’s always a good day when the damned yankees go down.

    Couldn’t believe the announcers sucking up the yankees all game long…that got a little old.

    But if the Rockies stay hot we could find ourselves at odds again in a couple of weeks

  24. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    jaybear

    Sorry to hear about Nolan Herndon. It always makes this ex-zoomie’s heart flutter when I hear a serving aviator has passed on. Now, these guys KNEW how to kick butts! Never faltered, never questionned, never flinched. I wish him a tailwind all the way.

    As for the Marines in this post, well done! You deserve all the praise for being, despite the leftists assertions, human beings as well as soldiers. Safe return.

  25. BigDogg Comment by BigDogg

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    I never cease to be amazed at the bravery and nobility of the young men and women serving our country. They are all truly amazing, and yet - as it was noted by Cheapshot - this is just “business as usual” for them.

  26. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    BigDogg, Cheapshot

    “business as usual” for them.

    You’re dead on my friends, Bravery and Nobility is usual for these troops. Too bad these concepts completely escape our politicians and the whining wussies of our respective countries. And they’re not doing any of this for personal gain, or to score political points, they do it because their heart is in the right place, our American and Canadian personnel. Makes me proud to live in, and being the neighbour of, countries who produce such people.

  27. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    I think the answer is yes, but is it alright to go to soldier’s funerals if you don’t know them? Someone local died in Iraq.

  28. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    psychochick

    Unless the family has expressed the wish of “only family members and close friends” it is alright to attend the service and funeral. Sorry to hear your community has lost one of its own psychochick. Please accept my condoleances…

    It will be an honour to the soldier’s memory for you to be there…

  29. Thresher Redux Comment by Thresher Redux

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    “Note: To all the Dog Faces out there, I promise this will not be a Marine exclusive feature”

    Holly says thank you, Carl. :) I like this feature, keep them coming.

    BTW, write my lady, damnitt!

  30. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    BTW, write my lady, damnitt!

    D’oh! :em41:

  31. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    I would say so psychochick. Some time back a young soldier here lost his life, he was from Gilroy, California, where I work. Several thousand people in a city of fifty thousand showed up, blocking the streets, flags flapping, horns honking, vets dressed to the hilt. And no Phred Phelps, he would would have been stomped into the sidewalk had he made an appearance. Some folks had called in sick so I was delivering a load of material to a paint contractor at the time and got stuck in traffic. I didn’t mind a bit, fired a quiet salute at the pallbearers…. watching the procession slowly cross under the cemetary gates…..and I thought a whole lot. To honor your towns war dead….an honor if not a duty. I can guarantee you if any of our small town’s soldiers are killed, the whole damn town will be at the service, yours truly included.

  32. ohio right wing nut Comment by ohio right wing nut

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    CAVEMAN
    In the rural area I live in there has been 2 deaths of Iraq war vets one about 15 miles west and I remember meeting this young man, he bowled for his high school team,average bowler, exceptional human being. The other from a town 12 miles east just laid to rest a week or two ago. did not know him but from all the news reports, and friends tesimonials another outstanding young man. May God take these two fine men and keep them by his side.

    JAYBEAR OT but……

    if your senario plays out ……. IT”S ON BIOTCH!!!! :em94: