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Relatively unscathed after 3 tours in Iraq, Marine has unfortunate meeting with bull in Cowtown
FWST ^ | 8-14-09 | BRYON OKADA

Posted on 08/14/2009 5:57:57 AM PDT by Dysart

FORT WORTH — The color was different this time around, brown instead of black.

And there was pain. And confusion.

"I didn’t have a clue what happened," recalled Morgan Howell. "I saw brown and then I didn’t see anything. There was a collision and then I realized something had gone horribly wrong."

Howell, 25, was driving on Southwest Loop 820 toward the Fort Worth Stockyards to meet friends Sunday evening when he ran into a bull that had gotten loose from a nearby rodeo. The bull died. Howell’s 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier didn’t fare much better. The front was bashed in, and the driver’s side of the windshield has a big hole in it.

Howell remembers switching on his hazard lights.

"Are you OK?" a woman’s voice asked.

He doesn’t know the woman’s name. She left after police arrived a couple of minutes later. But he says he’s grateful to her for calling 911 and keeping him company in those early minutes, when he was dazed and glass and pain had temporarily blinded him.

"I wish I knew who she was, just to thank her," he said.

For veterans like Howell, he said, a little support in tough moments can mean everything.

In Iraq, Marines supported Marines.

During his first tour, in Rawa, they were mortared every night. There were rockets, sniper fire, roadside bombs. "Explosions were going off for hours, but we’d go to sleep," he said. "You’d sleep through someone trying to kill you."

During his second tour, he and fellow Marines would hear about platoons hit by improvised explosive devices on the same roads they would be driving on a few minutes later. Many Marines, his friends, were wounded.

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bull; cowtown; crash; vet

1 posted on 08/14/2009 5:57:59 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Fortuitous that he was driving a “smart” car. On second thought, a guy like him would never be caught doing such a thing.


2 posted on 08/14/2009 6:00:36 AM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: Dysart
One thing that stands out to me is that he did not mention taking any retribution against the owner of the bull. In fact he spoke sympathetically about the owners situation in trying to start a business. Good on you Sargent. If I new how to get in touch I'd send a couple of bucks to help with the car.
3 posted on 08/14/2009 6:38:10 AM PDT by i are a cowboy
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To: Dysart

Lucky man.

Our car looked much worse after my husband hit a cow one night.


4 posted on 08/14/2009 6:54:21 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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