Skip to comments.Heroic deeds, little noted
Posted on 05/26/2008 4:54:25 PM PDT by Graybeard58
"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the what's-in-it-for-me theory of life."
To the peace-at-any-price news media, Memorial Day is a nuisance holiday. It requires "glorifying war" and honoring the 1.4 million Americans who sacrificed all to preserve journalists' right to bash the military and count the body bags of those we honor today. The media are loath to print good military news, and when they do, they spin it as bad news. Here are recent examples:
All four military branches met or exceeded their recruitment and retention goals in April, "in the midst of the unpopular war in Iraq," The Associated Press hastened to add. The AP blamed yes, blamed this success not on the sense of duty so many Americans feel, but "the slow economy." Of course, when recruitment went well in good times, the media blamed it on an influx of dolts willing to die for our freedoms. The fact is, a 2007 Heritage Foundation study of Census data found recruits were "more middle class than poor, more rural than urban, better educated than the general public, and that whites joined in higher proportions to the general population than all minority groups." That wasn't widely reported, of course, because it didn't fit journalists' stereotypes.
Army medic Monica Lin Brown, 19, of Texas won the Silver Star in Afghanistan. When terrorists ambushed her unit in April 2007 near Pakistan, she braved a hail of mortar rounds and bullets for more than a half an hour while tending to five wounded soldiers trapped in a burning truck. By the time the fight ended, Spc. Brown had used up her medical supplies, and the wounded were taken by helicopter to safety. Her story, however, was published in but a handful of U.S. newspapers.
Under a virtual media blackout, selfless courage by U.S. servicemen and women occurs countless times a day in Iraq and Afghan- istan. The story on the facing page about two soldiers from Connecticut is just one such example. More tales of gallantry may be found at http://www.defenselink.mil/heroes/heroesArchive.html. Take time this Memorial Day to learn the truth about and be inspired by those fighting and dying for your freedoms.
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War is an Ugly Thing!
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
- John Stuart Mill
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When then-Pfc. Adlesperger and his squad approached a house on Nov. 10, 2004, in the treacherous city of Fallujah, they entered into one of the most difficult and dangerous battlefield situations: they faced an entrenched enemy in an urban setting with an entrenched machine gun.
As they entered the house, a volley of insurgent fire and grenades rained down upon them, immediately killing Adlespergers point man and injuring two others. Without pause, Adlesperger took control and moved out front, despite receiving minor wounds. As Adlesperger began firing back from the point position, he became the main target of enemy fire but, with most of his squad pinned down by insurgent fire, he had no choice but to push forward on his own.
Adlesperger single-handedly cleared the stairs to the rooftop, which allowed the unit to move injured Marines upstairs to receive medical attention. And as U.S. forces gathered for a major assault on the building, Adlesperger, still inside, began moving from one spot to another, eliminating enemies in close quarters or forcing them to move out of entrenched positions to areas where U.S. forces were waiting.
Finally, an assault vehicle broke through a wall on the main floor. Adlesperger rejoined his platoon and demanded to take point for the final attack on the entrenched machine gun. He entered the courtyard first, and eliminated the final enemy at close range. By the end of the battle, Adlesperger was credited with having killed at least 11 insurgents.
One month later, Adlesperger was killed while clearing other houses in Fallujah. For his actions on Nov. 10, 2004, Adlesperger will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross on April 13, 2007.
Odd the RA would make that mistake.
Odd the RA would make that mistake.
Agreed, that should be:
won was awarded the Silver Star in Afghanistan"
won earned the Silver Star in Afghanistan"
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Their heart’s in the right place.
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Why the msm can't balance half the bombings with the other half of our heroics and progress is beyond me. Actually It is not beyond me but saying more I think would get me banned. Arrrgh!
G-d bless our troops and may many more Americans learn of our soldier's sacrifices and heroics.
I could not even get out of work at 11PM because there was not a manager able to let us out. Three days of closing the dump has made me weary. But I shall salute in spirit all those that would be mentioned in your reference link.
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