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Injured Marine Defies Attackers (1 finger salute)
Omaha World-Herald ^ | September 24, 2005 | C. David Kotok

Posted on 09/24/2005 7:48:27 AM PDT by Hat-Trick

Injured Marine defies attackers

BY C. DAVID KOTOK

WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

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RAMADI, Iraq - Once Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt realized he could wiggle his toes and fingers, he had one message for the insurgents who wounded him - defiance.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt signals defiance at his Iraqi attackers after being injured by an improvised explosive device near Ramadi. Attending to the Marine were Nebraska 167th Cavalry members Spc. John Adams (far left, in front) of Hastings, Neb., and Pfc. Darin Nelson of Fremont, Neb.

Burghardt, of Huntington Beach, Calif., started his third tour in Iraq trying to beat the insurgents to the IEDs - improvised explosive devices - and disarm them before the insurgents could set them off.

As is often the case, Burghardt and his Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were accompanied to a bomb site Monday by the First Platoon, 167th Cavalry of the Nebraska National Guard.

One IED had blown up a Bradley fighting vehicle and killed a U.S. soldier. As often happens, the insurgents left behind more IEDs. Burghardt disarmed two bombs that were found - quick action that probably saved the lives of several Nebraska soldiers.

But he couldn't get to a third.

When word spread that the third device had been found, 167th Capt. Jeff Searcey of Kearney, 1st Lt. Matthew Misfeldt of Omaha and their men hit the ground as a blast exploded skyward.

Burghardt was wounded.

But with two new young Marines in his ordnance disposal unit - and the insurgent attackers undoubtedly looking on - "I didn't want them to see the team leader carried away on a stretcher," he said.

So after the Nebraskans tended to wounds that reached from his boot tops to the small of his back, Burghardt rose to his feet and reached back with a one-finger salute for his attackers.

"I was angry," Burghardt said.

IEDs - which can be roadside bombs, car bombs or other booby traps - increasingly are the weapons of choice for the Iraqi insurgents.

Unwilling or unable to attack U.S. forces head-on, the insurgency has used the hidden explosives, often detonated by remote control. Some analysts have estimated that nearly 12,000 IED incidents occurred in Iraq in 2004.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal units are assigned to locate, identify, disarm and dispose of IEDs. The Nebraskans alongside Burghardt's unit provide security at the scene, guarding the perimeter while the EOD teams do their dangerous work.

The 1st Platoon has been on 80 such missions, including some false alarms, since the 167th Cavalry arrived in Ramadi about 90 days ago.

Working together, the ordnance disposal Marines and the Nebraska National Guardsmen have developed a mutual respect - there's no Army-Marine trash-talking here.

"The biggest threat to us in Iraq is IEDs. We love working with them. They make us better soldiers," Misfeldt said.

Burghardt, an 18-year Marine with 15 years' experience disarming explosives, returns that admiration.

"I feel part of this Army team," he said. "They take care of us like brothers."

Burghardt received the Bronze Star during his last tour of duty for disarming 64 IEDs. This week's incident was his first injury.

Burghardt, 35, wouldn't accept painkillers when he was brought back to camp by the Nebraskans. He knew he might need them later. And he's not looking to leave Ramadi for five more months.

"I don't want a ticket out," he said. "I want to stay here so we can take as many people home as possible."

Soldiers all the way up to the brigade's commander, Col. John Gronski, viewed a photo of Burghardt - on his feet, arm extended and middle finger raised - as the embodiment of the American warrior.

As for Burghardt, he said he wanted to send a message to the insurgents who failed to kill him.

"I knew there was somebody disappointed out there."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; US: Nebraska; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: burghardt; hero; iraq; marines; oif; salute; usmc; wia
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Loved this picture and had to share. A couple of O-W-H reporters and photographers are spending time in Iraq embedded with deployed Nebraska units. God Bless these warriors and this Marine.
1 posted on 09/24/2005 7:48:29 AM PDT by Hat-Trick
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To: Hat-Trick

Aw hell yeah, Marine!


2 posted on 09/24/2005 7:50:10 AM PDT by martin_fierro (|\/|4R71N_F13RR0)
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To: Hat-Trick

That picture is now the backround on my computer. That marine rocks!


3 posted on 09/24/2005 7:51:17 AM PDT by bad company ( Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Hat-Trick
Surprised (and happy) to see that the NG soldiers have our most current filed gear.

A pleasant change from not very long ago when NG was treated like a step-child when it came to uniforms and equipment.
4 posted on 09/24/2005 7:52:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Hat-Trick

OOOOOoooohhhhhh RRRrrrrraaahhhhh. Don't it make you proud to be an American?

Semper Fi to all Marines and to the rest of the service men and women serving their country.


5 posted on 09/24/2005 7:52:11 AM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: Hat-Trick
Well "said" Gunny, Semper Fi.
6 posted on 09/24/2005 7:54:12 AM PDT by RJL
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To: Hat-Trick

If he'd only salute Sheehan.


7 posted on 09/24/2005 7:57:27 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: Hat-Trick

Thanks for posting this great story.

This Marine is a true hero and warrior.


8 posted on 09/24/2005 7:57:42 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: Hat-Trick
The U.S. Marine Corps has always impressed this flyboy with their "can do" spirit. Once again America's finest defy the cowardly Islamic Fascist Jihad in their attempts to enslave all of humanity. I once again stand humbled and grateful for their sacrifices on our behalf.
9 posted on 09/24/2005 7:57:51 AM PDT by KC-10A BOOMER (If flying 2 airplanes in close vertical proximity is not safe, why did I do it for a living?)
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To: BenLurkin
That is encouraging. Hopefully our contingent of elected representatives will continue to fight for funding and properly equipping these heroes.

What will be discouraging is when our small but vocal collection of peaceniks start to write their letters to the editor decrying the fact that we have a picture of a Marine making an obscene jesture on the front page of our newspaper.

I think this would make a great poster/picture to display as a counter-protest at the next "Nebraskans for Peace" rally.

10 posted on 09/24/2005 7:58:50 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Hat-Trick

Great find!

God Bless these men!


11 posted on 09/24/2005 7:59:42 AM PDT by pissant
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To: MoJo2001; StarCMC; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; mrstank; MS.BEHAVIN; darkwing104; tomkow6; acad1228; ...

Canteen Ping!!!


12 posted on 09/24/2005 8:00:08 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: Hat-Trick
UUUUUUUUUUU friggin' RAAAAAAAAA !!
13 posted on 09/24/2005 8:01:18 AM PDT by llevrok (Low IQ Smart As*)
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To: Hat-Trick
the embodiment of the American warrior

I am proud of this Marine, Sgt. Burghardt.

14 posted on 09/24/2005 8:02:35 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Well done.)
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To: Hat-Trick

OK, who has that graphic of the Big Brass Ones I saw the other day?


15 posted on 09/24/2005 8:06:06 AM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: Hat-Trick

OOH-RAH


16 posted on 09/24/2005 8:07:59 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Hat-Trick; GunnyBob

Bump for the Gunny.


17 posted on 09/24/2005 8:08:06 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Hat-Trick

Just gotta love that picture!!! Here's to you, Cindy!!


18 posted on 09/24/2005 8:09:18 AM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Hat-Trick

Hell yes! Our soldiers are the greatest, and this is going up for desktop honors : )


19 posted on 09/24/2005 8:10:57 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: Gorzaloon
This one?


20 posted on 09/24/2005 8:11:56 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Hat-Trick

bump


21 posted on 09/24/2005 8:12:41 AM PDT by Yasotay
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To: Hat-Trick
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Semper Fi Gyrene. This is one ol' swabbie that has all the respect in the world for the Corps.
22 posted on 09/24/2005 8:21:52 AM PDT by Old Seadog (Birthdays start out being fun. But too many of them will kill you..)
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To: mtbopfuyn

That salute probably included sheehyenahan.


23 posted on 09/24/2005 8:24:51 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Show me a liberal and I'll show you a head designed for nothing but cracking walnuts.)
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To: Hat-Trick

I think they just pissed him off! You gotta love that guy!


24 posted on 09/24/2005 8:26:31 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Hat-Trick

Yeehaw!


25 posted on 09/24/2005 8:26:55 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (You should post without reading once a day. If my post makes no sense, I am filling my quota.)
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To: F.J. Mitchell
That salute probably included sheehyenahan.

I doubt that Gunny Burghardt would mind.

Dear Cindy Sheehan:


26 posted on 09/24/2005 8:27:50 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Hat-Trick

3rd tour. damn!

Godspeed Master Gunny Burghardt.


27 posted on 09/24/2005 8:29:10 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: Hat-Trick
Dear Cindy, LOL, Perfect!


As for Burghardt, he said he wanted to send a message to the insurgents who failed to kill him. God Bless you Burghardt. Prayers for your full recovery from injuries

28 posted on 09/24/2005 8:31:36 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, past, present and future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Mrs.Nooseman

Thanks for the ping, Mrs. N! :)


29 posted on 09/24/2005 8:32:02 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, past, present and future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Hat-Trick; Chieftain; Warrior Nurse

Ooooooooh-Raaaaaaaah!

Semper Fi Marine!


30 posted on 09/24/2005 8:34:38 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Hat-Trick
And he's not looking to leave Ramadi for five more months.

"I don't want a ticket out," he said. "I want to stay here so we can take as many people home as possible."

I guess that one-finger salute applies to John Kerry, too!

31 posted on 09/24/2005 8:34:58 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: NormsRevenge
3rd tour. damn!

I am humbled, blessed, and greatful to live in a country served and defended by men like Gunny Burghardt.

32 posted on 09/24/2005 8:37:19 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: namsman

Ping!!


33 posted on 09/24/2005 8:38:20 AM PDT by SW6906
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To: Hat-Trick

Yep!
Marines have always had a way w/words!
;)


34 posted on 09/24/2005 8:40:41 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: Hat-Trick

A great picture. Men are still men and Marines are still Marines and may it ever be.


35 posted on 09/24/2005 8:40:57 AM PDT by jwalsh07 ("Don't get stuck on stupid!" General Honore to twit reporter)
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To: U S Army EOD

ping


36 posted on 09/24/2005 8:41:15 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Freedom of speech makes it much easier to spot the idiots." [Jay Lessig, 2/7/2005])
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To: Hat-Trick

I am humbled, blessed, and greatful to live in a country served and defended by men like Gunny Burghardt.

--

I , as well.

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my error earlier in calling him Master Gunny, he is a Gunny currently, but I have a feeling he just jumped to the top of the list of eligibles for Master Gunny. ;-)


37 posted on 09/24/2005 8:44:31 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: Hat-Trick

BTTT


38 posted on 09/24/2005 8:45:11 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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As a mother with young children...I'm trying to find some reason to say this photo is inappropriate...but it's not coming to me. I'm just too dang proud of him and this type of communication is perfect for this situation. ON the contrary....it's most appropriate.


39 posted on 09/24/2005 8:49:39 AM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: Mrs.Nooseman

Outstanding!!
Ms.B


40 posted on 09/24/2005 8:51:00 AM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: BenLurkin

Yup, rapid fielding initiative is working. Units deploying get the new, good stuff. After the first year, they remembered how to go to war again.


41 posted on 09/24/2005 8:54:13 AM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Pajamahudeens Unite!)
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To: TNdandelion
As a mother with young children...I'm trying to find some reason to say this photo is inappropriate...but it's not coming to me.

When my 10-year old son saw this picture on the front page of this morning's newspaper - I tried as best as I could to explain to him (as someone who has never experienced it) the serious nature of war and how, understandably, emotions run high - and that this jesture was meant for those who had just tried, and failed, to kill this brave Marine protecting our country. In the school yard during a game of football (American football) - inappropriate. On the battlefield where lives are at stake - let 'em have it!

I'm sure the coming days will have letters to the editor complaining about this picture.

42 posted on 09/24/2005 8:57:08 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Hero BUMP


43 posted on 09/24/2005 8:57:36 AM PDT by chuknospam
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To: Hat-Trick

Outstanding! BTTT!


44 posted on 09/24/2005 9:05:34 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: Hat-Trick

I agree. If I were this Marine's mother...this would be a photo for the scrapbook.


45 posted on 09/24/2005 9:08:58 AM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: TNdandelion
"If I were this Marine's mother...this would be a photo for the scrapbook."

I'm not his mother and it's going into mine.

46 posted on 09/24/2005 9:18:12 AM PDT by norton
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To: Hat-Trick

Lets hear it for our EOD brothers and sisters in the USMC.


47 posted on 09/24/2005 9:30:03 AM PDT by U S Army EOD (LET ME KNOW WHERE HANOI JANE FONDA IS WHEN SHE TOURS)
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To: defconw; tiredoflaundry; doug from upland
Ping

Mark's (and mine) kind of Marine!

48 posted on 09/24/2005 9:31:29 AM PDT by llevrok (Low IQ Smart As*)
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To: llevrok

woooohooooooo! God Bless him!


49 posted on 09/24/2005 9:36:35 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Tampa Bay, Home of the Stanley Cup Champions The Tampa Bay Lightning!)
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To: Hat-Trick

Damn those Marines!!! Made my screen all fuzzy again!!!

God Bless 'em


50 posted on 09/24/2005 9:37:43 AM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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