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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Unsung Glory #7
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The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest award for valor that the U.S. Army can bestow for battlefield heroics. Only the Medal of Honor ranks higher in precedence. Since the Viet Nam War ended in 1975, only six have been awarded. At a presentation in the Pentagons Hall of Heroes on Friday November 2nd the total was raised to seven.

Secretary of the Army Peter Geren presented the DSC to 1st Lt. Walter B. Jackson for actions while he was a 2nd Lt. serving in Al Anbar Province with Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry. On September 27th 2006 his unit was engaged in fierce combat when one of his vehicles was disabled. While attempting to retrieve it he and his soldiers came under intense machine gun fire and several of his men were wounded.

2nd Lt. Jackson, a West Point graduate from Oak Harbor Washington, began treating the most severlely wounded of his men until he himself was hit in the thigh. Temporarily knocked unconscious from the blood loss, when he came to he alternated between returning fire and tending to the wounds of his soldiers.

He was hit again while helping to carry one of his men to safety. Despite his own grave wounds, 2nd Lt. Jackson’s first concern remained with his men,  and he refused medical attention until he was sure they had been properly cared for.

After receiving the  DSC 1st Lt. Jackson humbly thanked his West Point classmates and the soldiers he has served with. Stereotypically modest about his own heroics, 1st Lt. Jackson simply said “I believe I just had to do what I had to do in that situation… I think many soldiers would have done the same thing.”.

1st Lt. Jackson has undergone more than a dozen surgeries while recovering from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is currently awaiting orders to assume command of an MLRS platoon with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

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With the plethora of media outlets feigning righteous indignation anytime some peasant dares to question their support of our troops, one would be inclined to think that a soldier receiving the nations second highest award for valor would be all over the pages of the media right?

Well, outside of the blogosphere, exactly one media outlet carried the story. The Army Times.

12 Responses to “Unsung Glory #7”
  1. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    With the plethora of media outlets feigning righteous indignation anytime some peasant dares to question their support of our troops, one would be inclined to think that a soldier receiving the nations second highest award for valor would be all over the pages of the media right?

    ah Crunch, ya’ knows better than to ask that question……

    It’s Veterans Day sir, they can’t be bothered about winning the war or the heroics of an obviously brainwashed robotic killing machine….they’re too busy covering the hillary coronation tour and instrospectively stroking their chins in contemplation of the message in Lions to Lambs (missing the fact that the movie sucks)……

    me, on the other hand, I’ll thank God tonight for true Americans like Lt. Jackson and the others that you call needed attention to with these great posts of yours. It’s too bad that their valor goes unrecognized because it doesn’t fit the distortions of a perverse agenda….these heroes deserve so much better from this nation.

    God Bless you Crunch, and Crunch Jr and all the rest of the vets on this site….I thank you all and will not forget the meaning of Veterans Day.

  2. Bill H, Resident Car Guy Comment by Bill H, Resident Car Guy

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    Congratulations to 1Lt. Jackson on his award. He damn sure earned it. The story causes me to focus a bit more sharply on Grandpa’s DSC, awarded him for valorous action during WW1. Thanks, Crunchie. I needed that.

  3. Unregistered Comment by LC Peter Bland

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    I went to the Arizona memorial today. Seems to be the best thing I could have done given that it was my day. It reminded me that what we do does make a difference. That our sacrifices matter. That people care.

    Not every hero gets a memorial or a page on a website to honor him. Some, like my friend Jason Huffman, barely get a couple of articles in the local newspaper.

    He told me he didn’t need parades and awards, that it was enough that he served. He truly loved his country. I am proud to have known him. Here’s to you, Jason. You weren’t the tallest guy in the world but you stood up tall when your country needed you. You are missed.

  4. ahriman Comment by ahriman

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    I can never figure out what to say to posts like this. No words are adequate.

    Thanks to all you vets and soldiers.

  5. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    Wow, what a brave guy-he does deserve more recognition thatn he got. Thanks for people like him.

  6. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    Here’s a man who stands for everything that is noble. A simple Thank You doesn’t seem enough. What do we do for such men..? America, be proud to have
    2Lt Jackson in your Armed Forces. I am, being a canuck and all, happy to have you as neighbours my American friends. My personal gratitude to your soldiers and the friends and families that support them.

  7. NewYorkConservative Comment by NewYorkConservative

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    What pisses me off the most is this applies not only to major media, but campus media as well! There was not ONE mention of Veteran’s Day yesterday, nor was this event even given a passing notice (however, I am proud to say I saw an article on this in my local newspaper.) Truly sucks going to a liberal university.

  8. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    NewYorkConservative

    Truly sucks going to a liberal university.

    Your presence at said university offset this my friend… I went to our Military College, and let me tell you the atmosphere was quite different. You acquired a sense of duty and honour, along with a first rate education, which would be impossible to imagine in any of today’s university in either our countries. You had to WORK to get your degree, and I am grateful for it today. I have no worries about you my friend, you seem to have a mind of your own. Best of luck in your studies and best wishes from Canada.

  9. Unregistered Comment by Argive

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    NYC, might I ask where you go to school?

  10. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Every one of these brave men deserve to have their faces and stories on the tv every day. And then ever hour of every day. Every day of every year. But our newsies are socialist/communist cocksuckers. They don’t dare show our country what brave and selfless people are guarding our freedom. That would cut into their “mercenary raping torture machines” stories they so love to have wet dreams about.

    But…thanks to the internet these men are NOT forgotten, nor are they seen through the tainted view of the MSM. We see them as they are, our Heroes.

  11. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    Amen Mrs M-ITT

  12. NewYorkConservative Comment by NewYorkConservative

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    Argive I attend SUNY at Buffalo (UB).