GySgt. Meyer ordered another Marine to take this picture. He forced a smile despite the pain, because he was worried about the impact his injuries would have on his squad. He hoped the picture would make it easier for them to deal with what happened.
Two-hundred-and-thirty-eight years ago our forefathers pledged to build the free nation that we enjoy today. The birth of patriotism was unheard of, such phrases as "treason, the gallows, the headsman's axe," was commonly used throughout especially to those even discussing the issue. However, not only did they discuss it, they acted on it.
Besides the troop surge to Iraq (remember we are still fighting a war in Afg) this administration is surging yet again to Somalia. Despite the same ol cliché of the calling them “advisors” that doesn’t meant people don’t shoot at them. How is it we continue to crush our military numbers (strength) and yet the deployments to foreign countries all of sudden begins to increase again? Sooner or later something is going to give….. Time for a C-Gar!
An Obama administration official told Reuters there are approximately 120 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia serving as trainers and advisers. The troops are “not involved in combat,” the official said.
"The Pentagon announced in January that it sent a handful of advisers in 2013 to Somalia, but this is the first detailed public acknowledgment that troops have been there for much longer, according to Reuters. The U.S. is expanding its presence as the African Union and the Somalian government are increasing their campaign against al Shabaab, which has waged a bloody battle to impose Islamic law in the country for the past seven years"
You read it here on OMV where your marines were headed back to Iraq. Now, news agencies are quietly leaking that even more warriors are headed back to Iraq. Something to think about: The Pres stated that his primary reason for pulling out US service members in 2011 was that we “won” the war, Sadam was dead, and it was a senseless and “dumb” war.
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There are times when a certain warrior comes along and does something so above and beyond, many will never really understand the situation. When Cpl Carpenter used his body to take the blast of a grenade, he didn’t sit there and think about the consequences, think about those he would leave behind if most likely died, or thought if his fellow Marine was going to jump on it first. No, he acted selflessly and made a split second decision and executed it flawlessly. Being in numerous shitty situations myself (gunfights, ied attacks, suicide attacks etc. etc.) I still can’t fathom the courage of this warrior. A fine example of an American who is willing to give his all, not expect anything in return and do it for the warrior next to him. Surprisingly enough, there are several young American warriors out there just like him, let hope they don’t have to jump on a grenade to let America see what they are inside. Time for a C-Gar
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, DEL. -- An Ottumwa Marine is one step closer to home. The United States Air Force released a photo Tuesday of the transfer of Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff’s remains. The official Air Force photo was taken Monday night at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Wolff was killed in action Friday in Helmand province in Afghanistan. He grew up in rural Wapello County and was a 2006 graduate of Cardinal High School. Wolff was 25-years old. On Monday, family members told KTVO that they were still making funeral arrangements for Wolff. They expected that there would be a service in Ottumwa this week.
I would love to say “yes, everyone heard about this” but I know it’s not true. There are so many “distractors” on the news that many have already forgotten about those mistreated in VA hospitals, and the problem isn’t still fixed. We were diverted to a “recovered hero prisoner” that took your attention away from our official’s failures on our service members in the VA so they had to cover it up with a bigger smoke screen and call him a “hero”. Wow…. Now we have so called “officials” getting caught in lies about “lost emails” and through all of these stories no one is being a “leader” and taking responsibility for anything. Except three Marines who have taken responsibility and gave the ultimate sacrifice for what they believe in, America! Ya, that’s right, these warriors have more intestinal fortitude than all of the so called “headlines” and when they screw up, they are man enough to own up to it. However, they didn’t screw up like the “others” in our headlines, no they were at the pointy end of the spear while these “others” slept comfortable under the security blanket these Marines provide. Vomit, WTF America, we forgot we have warriors still fighting and put more focus on the distractors. What ever happened to holding all of America’s leaders accountable? These Marines are accountable and America should at least know they gave their life defending it. Time for a C-Gar
Many people raved that we “won” the war on Iraq and pulled out, now well over 500 Marines just entered the Persian Gulf along with a carrier as many news reports say. With everything going on in Afg (yes, we are still at war) we go back into a war zone that was deemed “accomplished” by Washington. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say we won at half time, then go back for the fourth quarter to continue to play. The military and especially the Marine Corps has been hit the hardest with “cuts” to the point the USMC is below required numbers since before the 80s. Doing more with less can only go so far.
However, looking at this, their main mission will most likely to secure the Embassy, but however you look at it, its American boots on the ground back in Iraq. Time for a C-Gar