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Marine gunnery sergeant revolutionized tank warfare but lost his right eye in battle (Gunny Pop)
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise ^ | 11/20/09 | Andrew Lubin

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 Popaditch’s other tank were working with Marine infantry in clearing insurgents out of the city’s northwest outskirts.

Popaditch thought that day’s 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.

To read more, go to http://www.americanvalor.net/heroes/392

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner-enterprise.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: duncanhunter; fallujah; gunnypop; popaditch; soldier; tanks; usarmy

The man that Duncan Hunter recruited to win California 51 over a steaming pile of liberal poop.

1 posted on 12/15/2009 7:57:29 PM PST by pissant
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To: Just A Nobody; buckeye49

PING


2 posted on 12/15/2009 7:58:07 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

3 posted on 12/15/2009 7:59:35 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Will he run against Filner in 2010?


4 posted on 12/15/2009 8:03:46 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: MSF BU

That is what he is doing right now....

http://www.popaditchforcongress.com/


5 posted on 12/15/2009 8:05:02 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

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.


6 posted on 12/15/2009 8:08:35 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: MSF BU
He's a superstar already. He should crush this moron....


Bob Filner - the illegitimate son of Howard Dean and the Creature from the Black Lagoon

7 posted on 12/15/2009 8:10:48 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

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?


8 posted on 12/15/2009 8:16:07 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: pissant

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.


9 posted on 12/15/2009 8:16:39 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: DTogo

10 posted on 12/15/2009 8:17:15 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant; MEG33; LUV W; Mrs.Nooseman; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; Kitty Mittens; Jack Deth; ...

Hey, It's our CIGAR GUY!!!!!

NICK & WIFE APRIL!

YEA


11 posted on 12/15/2009 8:18:49 PM PST by DollyCali (CELTIC)
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To: 2111USMC

He’s out now, so I’m sure there are more than a few politically correct politician/officers that are scared of this guy.


12 posted on 12/15/2009 8:19:04 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DollyCali

YES IT IS


13 posted on 12/15/2009 8:19:37 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Bingo!


14 posted on 12/15/2009 8:19:41 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: pissant

Gunny Pop is amazing. The root article is well worth the read.


15 posted on 12/15/2009 8:19:45 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , and truth (.Member NRA))
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To: pissant

last we heard he was going to college to be an elementary school teacher!


16 posted on 12/15/2009 8:20:41 PM PST by DollyCali (CELTIC)
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To: DTogo

BUMP


17 posted on 12/15/2009 8:20:46 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DollyCali

Thank Hunter for needling him in a different direction. Though I’m sure he’d be a fine teacher too.


18 posted on 12/15/2009 8:21:43 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DollyCali

God love him..Our Guy!!


19 posted on 12/15/2009 8:22:24 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: pissant

HERE IS LINK TO FINEST THREAD

- with info on Nick & commentary from him & April both

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.

20 posted on 12/15/2009 8:24:42 PM PST by DollyCali (CELTIC)
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To: Candor7

His America is that of George Washington, John Paul Jones, Tecumseh Sherman, Teddy Roosevelt, John Wayne and George Patton. Not the phony, red, effeminate one being foisted on us by the likes of Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Spock, and Bill Ayers.


21 posted on 12/15/2009 8:25:07 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DollyCali

BIG BUMP. And thanks!!


22 posted on 12/15/2009 8:26:09 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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Go, Nick~~~!! We'll never forget ya ....


23 posted on 12/15/2009 8:26:21 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: pissant

Thanks pissant!


24 posted on 12/15/2009 8:26:52 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: STARWISE

But we will be contributing mightily as we can to his VICTORY in 2010!!!!!


25 posted on 12/15/2009 8:27:48 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

I am looking forward to the face off.


26 posted on 12/15/2009 8:28:05 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , and truth (.Member NRA))
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To: MEG33

My pleasure.


27 posted on 12/15/2009 8:28:14 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DollyCali
Wow. Thanks, Dolly!

People like CIGAR GUY are true heroes.

28 posted on 12/15/2009 8:36:59 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: DollyCali; pissant

Gunny Pop is going to chew up Filner and spit him out! :-)

Thanks for the ping, Dolly.


29 posted on 12/15/2009 8:45:02 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: DollyCali

Been revisiting your great thread, Dolly..Wonderful ...


30 posted on 12/15/2009 8:48:54 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you Dolly.


31 posted on 12/15/2009 9:22:29 PM PST by potlatch (ACTIONS - Speak Louder Than Words)
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To: pissant
I saw him Red Eye a few months ago, we need more like him in Congress!
Video of Nick Popaditch on Fox News
32 posted on 12/15/2009 9:42:25 PM PST by donnalee
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To: pissant; 444Flyer; MestaMachine; freema
Gunny Pop ping.


33 posted on 12/15/2009 9:48:32 PM PST by Semper Mark (Brevity is the soul of wit. Besides, I only have so much tagline space.)
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To: pissant

BTTT


34 posted on 12/15/2009 9:55:15 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Crouching Tiger. Hidden fire hydrant.)
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To: Markos33

Bill Russell, Desert Storm veteran, former Army lieutenant colonel and Army reservist who survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, (“I am a Conservative,” he says in his defining campaign statement. “I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe the primary role of government is to provide for the common defense and a legal framework to protect families and individual liberty. … I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe.”) in PA running against Murtha.

Col West (”If you’re a bad guy, don’t ever get between me and the safety and the lives of the American people,” West says of the incident. “As a commander, your moral responsibility is to take care of your troops.”) in FLA running against Klein.

Gunny Pop in CA.
We need so many more like them.
Yes, we do!!!


35 posted on 12/15/2009 10:13:12 PM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: Markos33

“Congressman Popaditch” looking forward to that in print.


36 posted on 12/15/2009 11:05:41 PM PST by 444Flyer (Save the SEALs!(Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe/ Julio Heurtas))
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To: pissant; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ...

proud ping!


37 posted on 12/15/2009 11:17:18 PM PST by bitt (You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak (Abraham Lincoln))
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To: pissant
along with the deeper bursts of a Russian-made machine gun launching rocket-propelled grenades

Nothing against the Gunny, but modern journalism sux. Now, where can I get one of those rocket launching machine-guns..........

38 posted on 12/16/2009 1:24:30 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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Where is California 51 ? Can i move there in time to vote for The Gunny ?

this is another one of those Jarheads that i would follow in the assault on the gates of hell with a bucket of gas in each hand .

E.
Cpl. U.S.M.C.
1967-1970


39 posted on 12/16/2009 2:41:26 AM PST by Einherjar (PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER)
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To: Cee-gar Man US Marine; Markos33; pissant; 444Flyer; MestaMachine; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; ...

Ping!


40 posted on 12/16/2009 3:28:58 AM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: pissant

IMO - everyone on this thread that is hopeful Nick will beat out the ugly opposition, needs to dig down in the pockets and send what money they can to help his campaign. Forget sending money to GOP. Send it directly to the candidate of your choice. I send to Duncan Hunter (CA) and Allen West (FL) and Collins Bailey (MD).


41 posted on 12/16/2009 3:56:15 AM PST by beachn4fun (Making a list, checking it twice.....nope, don't see no Sinators/Congrass people on it!)
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To: beachn4fun; MestaMachine; Markos33

“IMO - everyone on this thread that is hopeful Nick will beat out the ugly opposition, needs to dig down in the pockets and send what money they can to help his campaign. Forget sending money to GOP.”

Excellent idea. Let’s get Popaditch to Washington.


42 posted on 12/16/2009 7:13:52 AM PST by 444Flyer (Save the SEALs!(Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe/ Julio Heurtas))
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To: freema

Pom Pom’s will be out in force for Gunny Pop!


43 posted on 12/16/2009 9:36:12 AM PST by Saoirise (Let Them Fight OR Bring Them HOME)
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To: Sarajevo
[ Now, where can I get one of those rocket launching machine-guns.......... ]

I think the writer is trying to describe a Russian or Chinese semiautomatic grenade launcher.

44 posted on 12/16/2009 10:17:20 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: bitt

Bump to that, bitt!


45 posted on 12/16/2009 1:21:23 PM PST by potlatch (ACTIONS - Speak Louder Than Words)
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To: pissant; Cee-gar Man US Marine
He's a FReeper.
46 posted on 12/16/2009 1:36:11 PM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: beachn4fun

I agree!!


47 posted on 12/16/2009 1:42:44 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant; freema
Post #7: "He's a superstar already. He should crush this moron...."
Heheh. Sounds pretty good to me.
48 posted on 12/16/2009 5:24:33 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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