Skip to comments.Today in US military history: One man defeats a German counterattack
Posted on 10/04/2018 8:02:08 AM PDT by fugazi
Todays post is in honor of the four 3rd Special Forces Group soldiers who were killed during a reconnaissance patrol in Niger one year ago today: Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 34 of Puyallup, Wa.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39 of Springboro, Ohio; Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25 of Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29 of Lyons, Ga.
1777: A week after losing Philadelphia to the British, Gen. George Washington decides to surprise Gen. Sir William Howes force encamped at Germantown (Pa.). 11,000 Continental troops and militia have marched 16 miles through the night, and begin their assault at 5:30 a.m.. Although initially successful, heavy fog, insufficiently trained troops, and stiff British resistance unravel Washingtons coordinated assault and the attack falls apart. Washingtons army suffers over 1,000 casualties and will have to spend the winter at Valley Forge.
1821: Lt. Robert F. Stockton, veteran of the War of 1812 who also fought the Barbary pirates, sets sail from Boston to interdict the African slave trade. Stockton will help establish the country of Liberia, where thousands of former American slaves and free blacks are resettled. He will capture several slave ships on this cruise, of which he writes, I have great satisfaction in the reflection that I have procrastinated the slavery of some 800 Africans, and have broken off this horrible traffic to the northward of Cape Palmas for at least this season.
1822: Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States, is born in Delaware, Oh.. Despite having no military background, Hayes will be appointed Major in the 23rd Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The talented officer will be wounded five times during the Civil War, ultimately reaching the rank of Brevet Major General. Also serving in the 23rd Regiment
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The Morgan Munitions Depot exploded in New Jersey in 1918.
As recently as 2007, when they were building a playground at Samsel Elementary school Army Ordnance Disposal had to be called when an unexploded munition scattered by the explosion was found.
Sounds like Europe’s “iron harvest,” where farmers are still finding tons of unexploded WW1 ordinance that comes to the surface every year. The hundred-year-old explosives occasionally still kill people.
“Although initially successful, heavy fog, insufficiently trained troops, and stiff British resistance unravel Washingtons coordinated assault and the attack falls apart.”
Don’t forget that General Stephens was drunk off his butt, and, in the fog had his men fire on their fellow Americans. It did nothing to help defeat the Brits.
1944: After a heavy mortar barrage on Mt. Battaglia, Italy, Staff Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza spots 200 enemy soldiers charging up the slope towards his position. He grabs his Thompson submachine gun and empties his five magazines into the charging force. He then switches to a carbine, exhausting that weapons ammunition as well. He draws his pistol and shoots a soldier armed with a flame-thrower, just before the German can reach Mendozas position. He then switches to a machinegun, pouring withering fire into the enemy and scattering them. When his gun jams, he switches to grenades and causes the enemy to begin fleeing. He charges after them, grabbing discarded weapons and capturing an enemy soldier. For single-handedly defeating a German counterattack, Staff Sgt. Mendoza is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, which is upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 2014.
Holy smokes - that’s a real life HALO Master Chief moment there.
1985: The terrorist group Hezbollah announces that they have executed former CIA Beirut station chief William F. Buckley. Buckley, a former Special Forces Lt. Col. and veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, had been held captive for over 14 months.
And what a sad day that was. Why is Hezbollah still around?
#5 Amazing that that 1 guy survived.....
Look up Obama, Hezbollah, and Project CASSANDRA. Despicable, and I would argue treasonous since Hezb has been killing Americans for nearly 40 years and he let the terrorists off the hook so he could pave the road for the Iran deal.
Oh, I get it - Obama helped them, just like he helped Muslim’s the world over.
I just don’t know why Reagan didn’t eliminate them all back then. I understand why Clinton didn’t, Bush (41 & 43), and certainly why Obama didn’t. I’m hoping Trump decides their more trouble than they are worth, and removes them from the fact of this Earth.
At least Trump is putting a world of hurt on the Iranian economy and the Iranians are realizing how their domestic problems are due to the mullahs and not the U.S. or Israel. Iran is a pretty moderate country with some decent people, but is led by horrible rulers. Hopefully the sanctions will continue and the rest of the world will come around to keeping Iran from nuking up and becoming an Islamic Empire.
The man in the photograph was in the eye of the bomb when it went off and walked away without a scratch.
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