A Navy corpsman will receive the nation’s third-highest valor award Friday for taking out a rogue Afghan commando who tried to kill U.S. and Italian special operators in an insider attack.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alejandro Salabarria will be awarded the Silver Star for heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. The award will be presented by Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Read full story here
The Medal of Honor will be awarded this month to a Navy SEAL for his role in rescuing an American civilian being held hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the White House announced Tuesday.
President Barack Obama will award Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers the nation's highest medal for valor in combat.
The rescue of American medical doctor Dilip Joseph took place in eastern Afghanistan and also resulted in the death of a member of the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. Read more here
The Purple Heart is awarded for “The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed. Specific examples of services which warrant the Purple Heart include any action against an enemy of the United States; any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged”
I guess since no one else (ahem this administration) won’t say the attack against the Marines in the Chattanooga recruiting office July 16, 2015 was and “enemy” attack or was inspired by foreign terrorists to carry out the attacks, at least the Marine Corps will.
Was the attacker “Abdulazeez” a muslim? Yes. Was he discovered to be driven by muslim oriented enemy forces that hate Americans, their way of life, their sexy women, unlimited firearm and ammo purchases, fast cars, coldest beer, best whiskey and the always availability of cigars? YES.
Then why hasn’t anyone in DC said this? Go figure. Time for a C-Gar
Marine Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley wears his Purple Heart to recognize the bravery of the five service members killed in the July 16, 2015, attacks in Chattanooga.
“I feel honored, but at the same time, I still don’t want to take away from the fallen five,” Cheeley told Marine Corps Times Tuesday after receiving the Purple Heart. “I’ll definitely wear it in honor of the fallen five.” Read full story here
Captain Kevin T. Roche from St. Louis, Missouri was one of the 12 Marines lost in Hawaii after two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters were involved in an incident off of the North Shore of Oahu on January 14. The Coast Guard suspended the search on January 19.
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 will hold a memorial service honoring 12 of its Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii at 2 p.m. Central Time. Read more here
Respect. The guard at the Tomb at the unknown soldier keeps guard despite heavy cold snow fall today all along the North East. God Bless America! Time for a C- Gar
WASHINGTON, DC – On November 12, 2015, President Barack Obama will award Captain Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Captain Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. Read more here
Time for a C-Gar
It was my first combat deployment and as a motivated infantry company commander I completed the “work up” of training of 6 long months before deployment like the remainder of the battalion. However, it wasn’t until our day to deploy came. We all mustered at the battalion buildings, families said their good byes, tears were all over the place from wives & kids, some of the wives were pregnant and their Marine wouldn’t be there for the birth.
Gang, those of you who come to One Marine’s View often know that I have a blog post category called “Every Day is Memorial Day” (ck out the link for kick ass stories) because in my book, every day is Memorial Day. Not for me knuckleheads, for those warriors other than me. Those warriors that were fighting wars before you were and I were glimmers in our daddy’s eyes, the warriors who just try to make it through each day with their disability, and especially those that America has forgotten, until days like Memorial Day arrive. Don’t like it? Go to Dr Phil’s blog, I’m sure it’s filled with motivating articles (yawn). Want to be motivated beyond one day and have the day mean more to those not in the military? Come back by because “Every Day is Memorial Day”
I ended the Iraqi war,but its not my fault ISIS is here (tell it to the dead warriors parents) - Memorial Day Series
When all of you fools bit on the hope & change and voted for this president, one of the hooks in your mouth was that he would end the Iraq war.
Now, with thousands of troops already there conducting special operations and tactical air strikes without the robust backing of the might we had there, and thousands more headed there soon enough they are being asked to restart the fight that this president tried to glorify by saying he ended ended back in 2011.
The truth of the matter because we have pulled out to glorify his campaign, we now have a very serious threat (ISIS) conducting attacks here on our home land. Bet your real proud you voted for him aren’t you?
Several US military commanders begged this president to keep troops in Iraq for a short specified time longer with a clear plan, he denied every request as did Hillary Clinton as she did everything in her power to shut the Iraq war down.
An our warriors struggle with one hand tied behind their backs in Iraq, this president finds every reason to go 180 degrees from the video above and claim it isn’t his fault. It is, period. You don't have anything to back up that it isn't.
After 4,486 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq and 2,345 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan (under this administrations watch), 1 million U.S. soldiers wounded in both wars, and a potential cost of up to $6 trillion, a new group like ISIL now causes havoc in the Middle East because we left early and have all but seized offensives in Afghanistan. The enemy clearly has the momentum.
As we approach Memorial Day, think how those parents of those killed in those wars feel especially since we pulled out before the job was completed and our hands are tied in Afghanistan. Are their sons & daughters lives lost for not? Leadership starts at the top, as does responsibility. No way around it, regardless how you color it or say it.
My Son Died for Ramadi. Now ISIS Has It.
Debbie Lee says she’s sickened that the city her son sacrificed his life defending has fallen—and furious at the Joint Chiefs chairman’s insistence Ramadi is ‘not symbolic in any way.’
Nine years after Marc Alan Lee became the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, his mother sat watching TV images of the black flag of ISIS flying over the city where her son died.
“Gut wrenching,” Debbie Lee said on Monday. “The sacrifices that were made, the blood that's been shed.”
The city is Ramadi, and the mother had gone there herself in the year after her son was cut down in a ferocious firefight where he showed such courage that he was awarded a Silver Star.
His comrades had further honored him by naming their Ramadi base Camp Marc Alan Lee. His mother returned from her visit to the city in 2007 with some of its powdery soil in a clear plastic bag. The bag and its contents sat in her Arizona home as the news came that Ramadi had fallen to ISIS.
Now, as America is clearly behind the power curve in this war, and we continue to have attacks on our own soil as a result of not finishing the mission, you can bet a lot of your servicemembers are not happy that this war was given away for political pride & achievement.
“You don’t like to say that anyone died in vain. But it’s almost like what we did over there was neutralized when Ramadi was taken over by ISIS.”
As ISIS has steamrolled through Ramadi and other major cities in Iraq, they not only gained the momentum there, put our Americans at a greater risk but also now have full control of most of the weapons, vehicles and equipment America left behind to aid the Iraqi’s.
“Additional military prizes, courtesy of Obama, included numerous stacks of weapons crates that were full of the latest and greatest small arms and explosives that will undoubtedly be used against America and our allies in the future”
You have to ask yourself if we stayed another year (as we had the momentum) would ISIS be here today? Would radical ISIS followers be attacking & threatening you and your neighbors in America if we continued to win the war before we pulled out only for the gain of an administration that wanted to gain popularity and say “he” ended the Iraqi war? I suggest you ask those mothers & fathers of those killed in Iraq and yes, service members who chewed dirt there; however, even If you did vote for this president, you know the answer. Now you have to live with the continuous threat of ISIS and those parents have to ask this administration, why did you let my child die for nothing? Remember these parents heavy burden as you honor those killed in Iraq & Afghanistan this Memorial Day because I doubt DC will, they will only make excuses. Time for a C-Gar