August 5, 2009

"For medics and a helicopter crew, there was only one choice."

Via One Marine's View., h/t Ed S.

Posted by Kate at August 5, 2009 5:46 PM

I have spent a lot of time in first line medical care, both civilian and military. I thought I had seen everything. All I can say is "Holy ****!"
Cheers, Eric

Posted by: Eric MacLeod at August 5, 2009 6:05 PM

Those men are the best. Heroes all.

Posted by: Momar at August 5, 2009 6:32 PM

Now those, my friends, are men

I am humbled

Posted by: Erik Larsen at August 5, 2009 6:35 PM

Great piece! Saw that a while back, can't remember where though. Might have been on Beck when he was on HLN.

PS, folks, you have to go to the linked site and take a look at the Ted Nugent video. Nugent, need I say more?

Posted by: AtlanticJim at August 5, 2009 6:36 PM

You mean Ted "chickenhawk" Nugent?

Posted by: philboy at August 5, 2009 6:45 PM

One tough bunch of MoFos, that's for sure. You've gotta respect that kind of bravery.

Posted by: Sean at August 5, 2009 6:48 PM

Oh yeah, philBOY has had an RPG lodged ALL THE WAY up his sphincter and he survived to become the web's leading Leftard troll!

Has it exploded yet?

Posted by: Doug at August 5, 2009 7:04 PM

Wow that's actually an ability challange in Call of Duty 4 (Modern Warfare).

Don't play video games with that guy.

Posted by: Knight 99 at August 5, 2009 7:27 PM

Hey, it's an amazing story of courage and survival. Why pollute it by invoking Beck, or Nugent or any other buck private from the chickenhawk brigade?

Posted by: philboy at August 5, 2009 8:07 PM

That man had not only an RPG in his gut, but a horse shoe up his ass. Absolutely amazing!! And what a team!

Posted by: Louise at August 5, 2009 8:39 PM

LOL Louise so true, quite the unique story of courage.
Success of the brave and the courageous always makes my day.
Way to get the job done and not abandon their man.

Posted by: ldd at August 5, 2009 9:15 PM

Real men:
Accept responsibility, lead courageously and look to the greater reward.

These are real men. I thank God there are men like that in this world.

Posted by: bluetech at August 5, 2009 9:18 PM

What more can I say except... thank you.

Posted by: Doogie at August 5, 2009 9:26 PM

Can we get Hollywood to make a movie of these guys?

Posted by: patooty at August 5, 2009 9:29 PM


Posted by: scf at August 5, 2009 9:39 PM

Hey patooty - I agree about the movie but only if we can get the Hollywood bastards to make the Americans the good guys. Might be tough to do.

Posted by: a different bob at August 5, 2009 9:39 PM

Now that was one disturbing thing....

In my experience, unexploded ordinance fits into 2 categories.....
1) Duds which will never go off....
2) Hangfires.....that can go off when they get around to it----keep away for a day or two...
2) Flukes which a slight jar (breath on it), or change of temperature or angle or temp and....BOOM.....
Most are category 2 or 3......
But when such is embeded in a buddy...wadda do....
Pray a lot and be VERY VERY careful......heavy emphasis on both.....
So much for sleep without dreams tonight.....

Posted by: sasquatch at August 5, 2009 11:24 PM

Don`t take this as a knock on the USMC it isn`t. That is an amazing story and they are one of the premium forces around but I need to ask. Why do we not ever here of the stories about our men & women over there that have been injured? They probably hav`nt had an event like that but I will bet there are a bunch of stories just as harrowing.

Posted by: Bob Devine at August 6, 2009 1:42 AM

courage, eh.

Posted by: old white guy at August 6, 2009 5:57 AM

He got very lucky and very unlucky at the same time; the grenade hit at just the right angle to break the warhead off (otherwise he and the other Marines in that Humvee would have been shredded instantly when it fired), yet the tail boom continued through on the right trajectory to hit him in the hip.

Posted by: sdc at August 6, 2009 8:11 AM

So, the question I have to ask now is; how much does a hero get for getting hurt in military action? I know they get a modest stipend, but how much does a private or a corporal get for being wounded?

Physically, this young man is going to be damaged for a long time, and I have to question if he will be able to find gainful employment with a wife and a couple of kids. At the end of the video he is shown walking with a cane.

See, B-Rock keeps handing out lots of money as bonuses to AIG for example and to ham sellers, and I think he could swing a little money over to this guy and other heros like him that get injured in the line of duty.

Now that'd be some hope and change I could get behind.

Posted by: R. Ed Neck at August 6, 2009 8:55 AM

Any one of these people are worth ten of the jackasses in Washington, who think they know what's good for America.

Make that twenty.

Posted by: pok at August 6, 2009 8:59 AM

For an internet challenged, how do I read an article? All I see is a short synopsis.

Posted by: Aaron at August 6, 2009 9:53 AM

Not to take away from the Marine but the real hero's are the medical team.
The Marine didn't have a choise he was stuck with the thing in him.
The air crew probably didn't know what the injury was.
The medical crew especially the guy who had the thing in his hands while he pulled it out. Thats a Hero.

I don't mean to demean any one there, they all have my respect but the guy who had to wrap his hands around unexploded ordinance and keep his presents of mind to pull it out so smoothly. This guy deserves the highest decoration the US has.

Posted by: Tony W at August 6, 2009 10:26 AM

Bob Devine
**Why do we not ever here of the stories about our men & women over there that have been injured?**

For the same motive that the anti-war slugs make a big deal about's about moral or attacking it....."defeatism".

How many Draft Dodgers fled to Canada out of genuine conscience and how may ran just to save their butt?

It's still a "Battle for Hearts and Minds".

Posted by: sasquatch at August 6, 2009 10:59 AM

Now that's what you call team work. A very touching and heartfelt thanks to all whom are over there.

Posted by: Merle Underwood at August 6, 2009 12:08 PM

Amazing sequence of events. The dud warhead, the windshield breakage dropping the velocity below lethal, the broken RPG section not shredding a major blood vessel, the successful extraction. Death was taking a nap that day.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at August 6, 2009 12:42 PM

I can only pray that I would have the courage that these men have if I were faced with a similar situation. Humbling indeed!

Posted by: DrD at August 6, 2009 7:26 PM

This is why America is a great country; and it has nothing to do with nationalism or even patriotism.

I'm not American but America's principles are worth defending.

I am grateful that Americans defend these principles.

Posted by: August1991 at August 6, 2009 8:34 PM