Skip to comments.Marine gunnery sergeant revolutionized tank warfare but lost his right eye in battle (Gunny Pop)
Posted on 12/15/2009 7:57:27 PM PST by pissant
As his M1 Abrams tank, nicknamed Bonecrusher, rolled through Fallujah, Iraq, Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch thought about the trail of dead insurgents left in its wake: Fight and you die. Run and you die. Hide and you die. Hey, this works for me.
Popaditch, or Gunny Pop as his Marines called him, commanded a tank platoon during the first Battle of Fallujah in April 2004. Fighting only a week after four American contractors from Blackwater USA were captured, killed and their bodies hung from a bridge, Bonecrusher and Popaditchs other tank were working with Marine infantry in clearing insurgents out of the citys northwest outskirts.
Popaditch thought that days fight might be different. Usually the enemy shot a few rocket-propelled grenades and ran; this morning Popaditch heard a higher-than-usual volume of AK-47 fire, along with the deeper bursts of a Russian-made machine gun launching rocket-propelled grenades. Maybe this meant the Marines would be engaging a larger force.
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The man that Duncan Hunter recruited to win California 51 over a steaming pile of liberal poop.
Will he run against Filner in 2010?
That is what he is doing right now....
Interesting, he looks like a Reagan Republican. I hope there are no surprises, and I wonder what the chances against Filner are. 2010 is going to be bad for the Left.
Bob Filner - the illegitimate son of Howard Dean and the Creature from the Black Lagoon
I’m pretty sure he’s the iconic tank commander smoking a stogey with Saddam’s statue behind him. I have that photo on file, care to upload it for me?
The timing of this article may not be good for the Gunny.
He’s liable to be tossed in the brig along with the CIA guys for being too rough with the enemy.
He’s out now, so I’m sure there are more than a few politically correct politician/officers that are scared of this guy.
YES IT IS
Gunny Pop is amazing. The root article is well worth the read.
last we heard he was going to college to be an elementary school teacher!
Thank Hunter for needling him in a different direction. Though I’m sure he’d be a fine teacher too.
God love him..Our Guy!!
My apologies that it is so difficult to read. Some of the borders used in the tables are no longer on line apparently & so are washed out... best way I can explain it.
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