Skip to comments.Today in military history: Marines earn their "blood stripes" at Chapultepec
Posted on 09/12/2018 9:34:13 AM PDT by fugazi
Today's post is in honor of 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, who gave her life for our country on this date in 2006. Lt. Perez had volunteered to lead a convoy in Al Kifl, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle, killing the former Cadet Command Sergeant Major at the U.S. Military Academy. Born in Heidelberg, West Germany, the 23-year-old medical service officer was serving with the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
1847: "From the halls of Montezuma..." Gen. Winfield Scott's army of Marines and soldiers begin their attack on the castle Chapultepec, sitting 200 feet above in Mexico City. During the battle, 90 percent of Marine commissioned and non-commissioned officers are killed by snipers, memorialized by the "blood stripe" (featured image) on the Marine Corps' Dress Blue trousers. Participating in the engagement are many young officers - such as Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson - who will face each other in the Civil War.
1918: The Battle of Saint-Mihiel, the first and only U.S.-led and executed operation of World War I, begins when Gen. John J. Pershing's American Expeditionary Force attacks Gen. Johannes Georg von der Marwitz' Imperial German Army forces. Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell leads an armada of nearly 1,500 warplanes during the offensive - the largest air force assembled (at that point) in history. On the ground, artillery and tanks(commanded by Lt. Col. George Patton) join the infantry in devastating the German lines. In just three days, over 22,000 Germans are killed, wounded, or captured.
1942: 5,000 Japanese soldiers, supported by aircraft and naval artillery, begin a series of nighttime frontal assaults against the Marines
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Spot on regarding Obama and Iranian IEDs.
It’s not “unto the Breach,” at least if heroism is to be ascribed. “Unto” implies going up to the break but not entering. The quote should be “Into” the Breach, a breach being a break, a forced opening.
I do not remember if LT Perez was killed by an Iranian Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP) or a locally fabricated IED. It doesn’t really matter, but the public release would not have mentioned the details. At that time, we were working hard to defeat these weapons. They were very sophisticated and manufactured by the Iranian Government, it was no run of the mill IED. Designing, manufacturing, and supplying these munitions was an Act of War, kept quiet by the Obama Administration.
That bought him another year or so.
You do not!
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace theres nothing so becomes a man,
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage:
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
The Red Stripe, it’s a Marine thing.
I was proud to wear them.
Skoczeny (called “the most dangerous man in Europe” by the Allies during WW2) became an assassin for the Israeli Mossad later in life (in exchange for being unofficially taken off of Simon Wiesenthal’s Nazi most wanted list. He insisted that he was not involved in any war crimes in WW2). And THAT, as Paul Harvey used to say, is “THE REST OF THE STORY”!!!
I defer to Henry.
Yes, the site got its name from Henry V.
Yeah EFPs were mean... capable of killing a tank. I don’t know who made the device that killed the beautiful young woman but it just struck a nerve with me that we knew the Iranians were using the Iraq war to kill American troops by the hundreds, on top of being a state supporter of terrorism (Hezbollah has killed hundreds of troops), and Obama, Kerry, Corker, and many others in the swamp did all they could to give them money that will be used to kill more Americans and, one day, field nuclear weapons. There is a good possibility that we will fight Iran, and there will be (even more) blood on the hands of the Obama administration. It makes me sick that we can elect such evil people to run our country.
You have to wonder what historians will write about this period in American history.
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