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Another hero's story

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Jim101, Jul 22, 2007.

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  1. Jim101

    Jim101 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Knob Noster, Mo
    Just one more story that should have made headline news. Turns out this was CWO Crist's last scheduled combat day before rotating back home. Enjoy the read. Jim

    Hanging it on the line

    As the nation was preparing to celebrate its 231st birthday, Chief Warrant Officer Allen Crist was preparing to save a life.

    While engaged in a furious firefight near Ramadi, Iraq, on Monday, Crist gave up his seat on his helicopter so that a critically wounded soldier could be airlifted to a field hospital.

    Medical evacuation helicopters are nothing new, but Crist was not flying in that kind of helicopter.

    Crist was the co-pilot of a $20 million Apache attack helicopter, one with just two seats and a lot more room for guns, bombs and rockets than extra passengers. But when one of the U.S. ground soldiers was critically wounded, Crist and his pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Purtee, did something that they probably should not have done -- something that surely is not in the Apache's operating manual.

    They landed their gunship in the middle of the fight. Crist jumped out, strapped the wounded soldier in the co-pilot's seat -- and strapped himself onto the outside of the Apache for a ride that would harrowing even if it did not start in the middle of a battlefield.

    They rushed the wounded soldier to a field hospital, probably saving his life. But instead of resting on some well-deserved laurels, CWOs Crist and Purtee refueled, rearmed and rushed back to finish the fight.

    Say what you will about war in general, or the Iraq war in particular. But if you are going to say anything about the American soldier, say it first to CWO Allen Crist and thousands of his colleagues who hang it all (sometimes literally) on the line every day.
  2. The Stive

    The Stive Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Thanks for sharing the story. John
  3. cableguy

    cableguy TS Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    I hope that some one pins a little piece of tin to his chest. Like a Silver Star. He certainly deserves it.

  4. 8 1/2 shot

    8 1/2 shot TS Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Heard about this from my son. Def Silver Star material. Heard also that they found an insurgent base in the tall grass. Encircled it, est 50 plus KIA's. The Anbar has turned the corner, least for now, who do you spose turned the intel in?
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