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DoD just released the names of the 7 brave warrior Marines who lost their lives while training to be the defenders of our country. As a career Mortarman and someone who has trained with Marine Mortarman this one hits especially close to home. I hope and pray that God wraps his arms not only around these young men, but especially their families and loved ones that they have left behind.
This video is not meant to be played around children or those that are offended by rough language.
Regardless if you are a Soldier or a Marine, or just a patriotic American, this is a very motivating speech by a Gunny (Marine Gunnery Sergeant) to his Marines the night before they launched a major operation to take back Marjah from insurgents. This is how we talk in the Infantry (Army or Marine), it is not vulger to us and pretty much nobody is offended. They are only words, and don’t hurt near as bad as getting shot or blown up.
He knows how to use humor and realistic situations to motivate his men. Bravo, Gunny…you did good.
Bouhammer’s Note- I spent a large majority of my Infantry career as a mortar maggot (nickname for mortarman) so these guys are near and dear to my heart. I also not only served in the sister unit of this BN on airborne status but I have also worked with some of these soldiers as a DOD Contractor a couple of years ago on a trip back to Alaska.
Around 3 1/2 years ago I wrote about a brave bunch of Airborne Paratroopers who fought with honor and courage on July 4th, 2009.
Both were about that day in July when two young PFCs who were not even old enough to drink made the ultimate sacrifice on a day when most are popping open beers and throwing ribs on the BBQ.
As I mention in the second post, PFC Casillas’s mom reached out to me and gave me a lot more information about her son. I was then and still am in awe of her bravery in reaching out to me and letting me know so many personal things.
Well now, my good friend Wendy has let me know about the video below that was made about this attack specifically and talks a lot about these two young mortarmen. Please take the time to watch this video and learn more about what all these brave men went through on July 4th, 2009. This isn’t hollywood or some made-for-tv movie, this is the real deal. This is what .45% have been going through.
I cannot believe it has been eight years already. It seems like just yesterday when I got the call at 7:25 AM from the Commander telling me your brothers were wounded and you had made the ultimate sacrifice….
SGT Dave Roustum, KIA-Operation Iraqi Freedom. November 20th, 2004. B co, 1/108th, 27th BCT, NYARNG
I wrote this the the other day for a Veteran’s Day tribute on VeteransUnited.com. I would like to share it here too.
There is a difference between wanting to go to war and willing to go to war. Veterans Day is all about recognizing and thanking those who were “willing” to do the tough job that may be asked of our military. This day is for everyone who has served, from the airman who served three years in the 1980s and never saw combat, to the Soldier who served 20+ years and maybe spent a couple of years in combat. Regardless of branch, time spent serving or where they served, every man and woman who raised their hands and swore the oath to defend our country deserves to be thanked.
So please take a moment and thank anyone and everyone you know who ever raised their hand to “defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
For those veterans who read this blog, be sure and check out the links below in order to find great deals and offerings for you, on your day.
First let me apologize to my faithful readers. I have not blogged in a really long time for me and for that I apologize. I cannot begin to (nor do I have the time or energy to) express the amount of pressure and stress I am under right now with work and the multiple hats I wear in my life. I simply do not have any free time to commit to blogging.
However in the mean time I wanted to share this post from the Rhino-Den. Everyone has heard about the oxygen thieves at Westboro Church and what they do, so this is a great first-person account of the patriotism demonstrated when great Americans come together.
Once we pulled into town, the first thing I noticed was a quiet solitude with those who had already gathered. There were about 500 or so already gathered when we arrived 2 hours early. It was not a festive atmosphere but more of a quiet respect; with people of all walks of life, united by the cause and a desire to pay respects to a fallen soldier quietly talking within their small groups.
I still have to write about the events over the weekend which happened in Afghanistan and what I was interviewed about on BBC for Friday night. However in the mean-time know that the two brave warriors named below died defending themselves, their fellow Marines, coalition members and the United States of America.
May God Bless their souls and help to heal the broken hearts of their families and friends.
DOD Identifies Marine Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.They died Sept. 15, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of Huntingdon, Pa., assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); and
Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind., assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
This incident is under investigation.
For additional information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing public affairs at 928-269-3609.
It has been a few days since I have talked about the Valour-IT project on here, but please know they still need a lot of help. They have a goal of raising $100,000 this year during their fund-raising campaign that runs from July 4th thru September 3rd this year. Team Army is one of 4 teams competing to raise $25,000 each and it is in the lead. However we in Team Army have only raised $5681.00 so far. We have another $20,000 to raise and we really need your help. Not just Team Army, but the whole project needs your help. Go here, http://soldiersangels.givezooks.com/, to pick a team to give through or to just give through the general account.
To put this campaign in perspective, when the fundraising effort began this year on July 4th, there was no money left in the Valour-IT budget. All the laptops have been given away and the shelves were empty. A week ago, Soldiers Angels held their Board Meeting at their HQ in San Antonio, TX and while the board members were there they took what money had been raised so far and picked up some laptops, tablets, Wii Game systems, etc. and took them over to put these electronics into the hands of wounded warriors as quickly as possible. You can read about this recent visit and see photos and evidence of the contributions made to date at http://soldiersangels.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=1156&cntnt01returnid=15 .
If that doesn’t motivate you to give I don’t know what will. Please spread the word, spread the link to this blog and the links above to all your friends, family and co-workers. Many people say they “support the troops” and tens of thousands put yellow ribbon magnets on their cars but here is a chance to really do something tangible for those that have given part of themselves for each one of us.
Remember the feelings of sadness, anger, sorrow, and pride you felt in the days following September 11th, 2001? Well these men and women answered the call and put themselves in harm’s way to exact revenge for that horrific attack and make sure it never happens again. What have you done?
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