Thursday, July 30, 2009

God Bless our Troops - "Why I love Marines and Americans"

BFC's hubby (retired Marine colonel) had this posted on his FB today. I loved it and with his permission have done a copy and paste. No changes made to his original text.

Outnumbered 8 - 1: 'A good day for the Corps' By Peter Bronson

"Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our humvees was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast." That's
not from an episode of The Unit or 24. It's not from an anti-war movie. It's not from any newspaper or TV news reports I could find.

The quote comes from a "designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified." He was reporting what happened recently in the city of Shewan, Afghanistan. The story was told in a Marine Corps News report by Cpl. James M. Mercure. It will give you goose bumps and make you want to stand up and salute the nearest flag. Here's more, because it's a lot better than anything I could write today:

"The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,"the marksman said. Mercure reported, "Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines' deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area."

"The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.

"The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they're given the opportunity to fight," the sniper said. "A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger
than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong."

"During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn't miss any shots, despite the enemies' rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position. "I was in my own little world," the young corporal said. "I wasn't even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target."

After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies' spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several
more. "I didn't realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies' lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us," the corporal said. "It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured."

Such an amazing story of heroism and victory would have been on Page One in every paper in the country during World War II. Just 30 Marines giving eight hours of hell to 250 insurgents is the kind of story that would make a good movie -- if that kind of movie still could be made.

But these days, it did not even make Page 10. I couldn't find a story about it anywhere. The only mentions were on conservative blogs and military Web sites. The soldiers who are fighting for their lives and our country might as well be in another dimension. News from the battlefronts in Iraq and
Afghanistan is apparently not important. It reminds the jaded anti-war crowd that they were wrong. We're winning. It reminds a self-centered nation that some Americans are making sacrifices much bigger than a loss in their 401(k)s.

So we don't hear about it.

But we need to hear news like that, because a good day for the Marine Corps is a good day for freedom. And that's a good day for America.

I am proud and grateful to you Colonel R and all who have served with you, serve now and will proudly serve in the future!
For the record, I am certainly not front page news, just a little ole blog. But anytime I learn of something like this, it's getting space on my blog. Any time.



Scrappy Girl said...

I would much rather read this great story than to get an update on what Jon Gosselin is doing! Amen sister!

Mel-Rox said...

We will never get to see these kinds of stories in the news. It's the way of the press.

I know too many of these stories myself from hearing them from the people that were there. My husband only tells one story, the rest he rarely speaks of. But the one story he does tell will bring you and him to tears as he he tells it.

If you haven't seen the movie "Taking Chance" with Kevin Bacon, please do so. But make sure you have a box of tissues handy.

God Bless Our Troops!

Semper Fi!

1stLt Frederick Pokorney KIA 3/03
Sgt Edgar E. Lopez KIA 8/04
SSgt Jason Ramseyer KIA 4/06
Sgt Jerome "Jerry" Bell KIA 9/08


tammy said...

I too, wish that more people could hear stories like this. Thanks for sharing it. I love our troops!

Natalie said...

Great post!!!

Jan said...

These are the ones I put my trust in anymore. These are the true leaders of this great country. Valor is my hero. Thanks for this great share and I am so moved.

Teri said...

You are doing a wonderful job redefining the media! :) If we all stood up and let our voices be heard, through blogging, comments, emails, there would be many media sources out of jobs because they cannot sell to WE the People!
The same goes for politics. And believe me, the powers that be watch and read ;)
You may think you only have a small corner blog, but you and people like you are making a difference! THANK YOU!!

Loralee and the gang... said...

I agree with you! We needed to hear more stories like this, so that we could've finished up what needed to be done there. I was talking to a lady I know who all 4 of her kids are in the military. Most of them were on the military career track, willing to serve until they retired. However, they are getting out as soon as they can. The reason? The new administration has changed the rules of engagement. They must now be fired up, AND HIT before they can Return Fire. Is that true? It's so unbelievable, it can't be true, but I have no reason to believe this lady would be dishonest. That is a ridiculous policy if it is true. But, this admin. is ridiculous beyond belief in so many areas.