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Semper Fi

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Billster, Jan 21, 2008.

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  1. Billster

    Billster TS Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Please consider the above vid. Impressive to say the least. Proud of these guys.

    Bill Stengel
  2. ljutic73

    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
    very impressive!....
  3. FN in MT

    FN in MT TS Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Semper Fi!! My Dad was a very proud WW2 Marine, maybe it was my thoughts of him.....but that brought a tear to my eye!

    FN in MT
  4. ronbo142

    ronbo142 TS Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Just returend from D.C. via Charlotte last night on both trips I was joined by the finest military service in the world.

    Semper Fi

    Ron Ausman
    GySgt USMC-Ret
  5. Model12Lady

    Model12Lady Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Thought you Jarheads would enjoy this one.

    Leading the fight is Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as "Iron
    Mike" or just "Gunny". He is on his third tour in Iraq . He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour. Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US soldiers. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. "You can't react to any sniper
    fire and you get tunnel-vision," he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term "the longest walk", stepping gingerly into a 5ft deep and 8ft wide crater.
    The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7inch knife to probe the ground. "I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs," he says. "That's when I knew I was screwed."
    Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet. "A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded," he recalls. "As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me.' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down."
    His colleagues cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there. "My dad is aVietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down," says Sgt Burghardt. "I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' "As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. "I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher." He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. "I flipped them one. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week!"
    Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and
    that of Col. John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has
    hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit. Sgt.
    Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks -
    kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a
    ticket home. But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and
    three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed
    in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever
    coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.
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