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To: wingman1

I believe that the policy changed after Operation Just Cause in 1989. James Markwell was a combat medic in 1st Ranger Battalion. He was killed in action by direct fire, during the initial assault. He was armed only with a 9mm and he had expended all ammunition. I believe that was a catalyst for the change to medics carrying rifles. Combat medics carry rifles in OIF/OEF. I do not know if this is technically proper, but it is common practice for logical reasons.


20 posted on 06/14/2005 5:35:08 PM PDT by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: Voice in your head

"I do not know if this is technically proper, but it is common practice for logical reasons."

Ain't it funny how Americans handcuff themselves with rules?


21 posted on 06/14/2005 5:46:06 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970)
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