Skip to comments.FIRST HAND REPORT; MARINE UNDER INVESTIGATION
Posted on 11/17/2004 5:28:42 PM PST by lt.america
Good Morning Everybody. > > The following is an email from my son regarding the NBC report (with > embedded reporter Kevin Sites), concerning the Marine who is being > investigated for "murdering" the insurgent in Fallaja. I will be sending his > mail to every news program's email I can find. I find it sickening that this > Kevin Sites is even allowed to be embedded with our Marines, as this isn't > the first report I've heard from him that took on a decidely unfriendly > tone. My son also gave me permission to release it to anyone that wants to > pass it on, as long as it remains unedited. > > > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > > > This is one story of many that people normally don't hear, and one that > everyone does. > > This is just one most don't hear: > A young Marine and his cover man cautiously enter a room just recently > filled with insurgents armed with Ak-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, > another wailing in pain. The insurgent can be heard saying, "Mister, > mister! Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded, lying in a pool of > his own blood. The Marine and his cover man slowly walk toward the injured > man, scanning to make sure no enemies come from behind. In a split > second, the pressure in the room greatly exceeds that of the outside, and > the concussion seems to be felt before the blast is heard. Marines outside > rush to the room, and look in horror as the dust gradually settles. The > result is a room filled with the barely recognizable remains of the > deceased, caused by an insurgent setting off several pounds of explosives. > The Marines' remains are gathered by teary eyed > comrades, brothers in arms, and shipped home in a box. The families can only > mourn over a casket and a picture of their loved one, a life cut short by > someone who hid behind a white flag. But no one hears these stories, except > those who have lived to carry remains of a friend, and the families who > loved the dead. No one hears this, so no one cares. > > This is the story everyone hears: > > A young Marine and his fire team cautiously enter a room just recently > filled with insurgents armed with AK-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, > another wailing in pain. The insugent can be heard saying, "Mister,mister! > Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded.Suddenly, he pulls from under > his bloody clothes a grenade, without the pin. The explosion rocks the room, > killing one Marine, wounding the others. The young Marine catches shrapnel > in the face. > The next day, same Marine, same type of situation, a different story. The > young Marine and his cover man enter a room with two wounded insurgents. One > lies on the floor in puddle of blood, another against the > wall. A reporter and his camera survey the wreckage inside, and in the > background can be heard the voice of a Marine, "He's moving, he's moving!" > The pop of a rifle is heard, and the insurgent against the wall is now dead. > > Minutes, hours later, the scene is aired on national television, and the > Marine is being held for commiting a war crime. Unlawful killing. > > And now, another Marine has the possibility of being burned at the stake for > protecting the life of his > brethren. His family now wrings their hands in grief, tears streaming down > their face. Brother, should I have > been in your boots, i too would have done the same. > > For those of you who don't know, we Marines, Band of Brothers, Jarheads, > Leathernecks, etc., do not fight because we think it is right, or think it > is wrong. We are here for the man to our left, and the man to our > right. We choose to give our lives so that the man or woman next to us can > go home and see their husbands, wives, children, friends and families.
> > For those of you who sit on your couches in front of your television, and > choose to condemn this man's actions, I have but one thing to say to you. > Get out of you recliner, lace up my boots, pick up a rifle, leave > your family behind and join me. See what I've seen, walk where I have > walked. To those of you who support us, my sincerest gratitude. You keep us > alive. > > I am a Marine currently doing his second tour in Iraq. These are my opinions > and mine alone. They do not represent those of the Marine Corps or of the US > military, or any other. > > Sincerely, > > LCPL > USMC > > > > > > "For those who fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected never know." > -- Written on a C-ration box lid at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, 1968 > > "There will be nowhere left for the insurgents to hide. We will fight them > until there are none of them left to fight." U.S. Army Gen. John Abizaid, > chief of U.S. Central Command > > MGySgt., USMC (Ret.) > Not as lean, > Not as mean, > But still a Marine. > >
Worth the effort to read. F*** the tangos - that Marine did right.
Thanks for the post. I think the majority of Americans know that these young men are pumped full of adrenaline, afraid of being killed by booby-trapped bodies and terrorists feigning death. What I wish would happen is for the military command to come out and say that as long as the terrorists are violating the rules of engagement, any wounded terrorists will be shot.
The "prisoners" were left unattended for a period of time. The Marine who shot him had no way to know, one, the insurgents degree of disability or capacity to attack, and two, whether he was armed or rigged with explosives (whether consciously or not). This really is a no- brainer, Monday morning quarterbacking aside. A Marine who has been engaged in mortal combat for a prolonged period went through a door in a combat zone, with no knowledge of what was on the other side and made a split second decision upon which his and his teammates lives depended. What do we say to him? Thank you for your service to your country. Semper Fidelis.
I had no trouble "wading through" it. It is compelling beyond words. I am hoping the "brass" understands that the support for this Marine far outweighs the lust for his blood from those who would condem and it will stiffen their spines.
That's powerful and answers a lot of questions.
Some of these a$$holes want to have our Marine brought on charges and be subject to the international court Never !!
I would rather go to war with the world before one US Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Coastguardsmen stands before the International Court.
The Kofi Annans, Chriac's and the rest of the Gangsters, murderers' and thieves on the long list of the Oil For Food Acam. They are the reasons the US Armed Forces are in these war's. They turned their heads and accepted kickbacks from Saddam which made the sanctions ineffective.
No problem with your post at all.
There gonna have to lynch the Marine over my dead body!
Kevin Sites is famous now. Maybe now he should go back to New York, write his book, and get the fark out of the way from now on.
Too bad Sikes wasn't in the first room. I for one will do anything in my power for this marine. I don't know what I can do, but I'll do something. He deserves no less. How dare they talk this marine down.
NBC sent somewhat like that to photo and film our troops in a deadly combat area.
He should stay in New York - I doubt he'll be welcome in Red State Country.
Any chance you could e-mail Hannity and get him together with your son on the phone for Hannity & Colmes? Just a thought...
A big PING!
I expect this marine has the full support of the POTUS. If not, I am sorely disappointed. But I don't think there is a chance Bush would let this man get punished in any way.
Formatting aside, this is a beautiful post. Keep up the good fight over there, we'll keep'em safe over here.
Same post, formatted for ease of reading. I also deleted the last sentence because it appeared to be a fragment of another sentence (GEN Abizaid is not a retired Marine.)
Good Morning Everybody. The following is an email from my son regarding the NBC report (with embedded reporter Kevin Sites), concerning the Marine who is being investigated for "murdering" the insurgent in Fallaja. I will be sending his mail to every news program's email I can find. I find it sickening that this Kevin Sites is even allowed to be embedded with our Marines, as this isn't the first report I've heard from him that took on a decidely unfriendly tone. My son also gave me permission to release it to anyone that wants to pass it on, as long as it remains unedited.
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