It’s been a year since Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Benny
Flores was thrown from the back of a pickup truck in southwest
Afghanistan by a suicide-bomb blast. Since then, he’s had some time to
reflect on what followed — about 20 minutes of chaos, during which his
valor under enemy fire earned him a Silver Star.
But his reflection on the April 2012 attack in Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz province, centers around one man.
Below is an article written by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated.
He details his experiences when given the opportunity to fly in a F-14 Tomcat.
If you aren't laughing out loud by the time you get to 'Milk Duds,' your sense
of humour is seriously broken.
message is for America 's most famous athletes:
Someday you may be invited to fly in the back-seat of one of
your country's most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have. John
Elway, John Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity,
let me urge you, with the greatest sincerity...
In my 76th year, the events of my life appear to me, from time to time, as a series of vignettes. Some were significant; most were trivial.
War is the seminal event in the life of everyone that has endured it. Though I fought in Korea and the Dominican Republic and was wounded there, Vietnam was my war.
Now 42 years have passed and, thankfully, I rarely think of those days in Cambodia, Laos, and the panhandle of North Vietnam where small teams of Americans and Montangards fought much larger elements of the North Vietnamese Army. by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret)
Lance Cpl. Kevin Romero, rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine
Regiment, looks for a suspected insurgent who had engaged the Marines
while they were conducting a sweep of a compound near Patrol Base Boldak
March 3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Bobby J. Yarbrough)
The air was still and the fading sounds of morning prayers echoed throughout the valley as our convoy lumbered to a halt.
The lead vehicle had become stuck in a field and couldn’t move. The
patrol leader, Sgt. Brandon Bond, radioed to Marines in the stopped
vehicle and asked if they could move. It was almost 5 a.m. and Bond knew
people would soon begin to leave their homes and move about the city.
The vehicle was immobile, so we dismounted and began to patrol on
foot to two compounds which lay just 400 meters to our north. The
Marines with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, had watched the compounds over the last few weeks and believed insurgents were using them for refuge.
(From a One Marine's View Reader) "The story about the POW bracelet hit home for me because Lt Norrington
was my division officer and I helped launch the aircraft that he was
shot down in.I am the guy that sent you (Maj Pain) the boxes when you were in
"he asked why
I was late I told him the truth, that I was with a young lady"