Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Women Should Not Be in the Infantry

Women Should Not Be in the Infantry
Women should not serve in combat roles for many reasons. First, they cannot pass the Male Physical Fitness Test which has been used as the benchmark for physical training in the Infantry. Women are not trained the same as males during basic training.  Second, women are not held to the same standards as males on the Physical Fitness Test (PFT).   Third, when women are captured as Prisoners of War (P.O.W.), the torture or harm that may happen to them is not the same as males because they can be raped. In addition, women are not as valued as males in some cultures. This puts them at greater risk when taken as prisoners. Fourth, Women are not able to handle combat loads and are not able to handle standard issue gear for a combat Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) such as the 11x and the 30xx MOS (11 Bravo (infantry) 11X (special forces) 03xx ( is Marine Infantry like 3011 being a riflemen).  Finally, Women who serve as soldiers, and are mothers could be harmed, and their children need them.  Women have never been in Infantry companies before, but women are now going to be let into the infantry if they pass the tests to be in an Infantry unit.  Although women have never fought in direct combat in the Infantry, some have suffered injury and death because they work in supportive roles in combat zones.  Women should not serve in combat MOS because they cannot handle combat loads, they cannot pass a male Physical Fitness Tests, and they cannot handle standard issue rifles.


Women are not trained the same as males during basic training, so women do not have to do as much Physical Fitness as males, especially since women didn’t shoot  weapons until 1986. Before 1986, women never shot weapons during basic training. In every branch all recruits learn basic marksmanship which some women cannot handle the older and heavier weapons like the Colt 45. James Haley author of the book, Women in the Military, published by Thompson and Gale, in 2004 explains, "The best buy the army ever made, the .45 automatic was designed to stop a drug crazed Moro (Asian Muslim) warrior dead in his tracks; It served in all the services since WWI, but lately fell victim to complaints that it was difficult to use effectively because it was unwieldy and heavy - so heavy that female military police were issued .38 caliber revolvers instead" (17). Women had classes on how to be pretty and how to apply makeup. Larry Smith editor of the book, The Few and the Proud, published by W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. in 2006 explains, women received pointers on how to be pretty, and have attractive appearance  (221). When Doris was trained they were not trained in the warrior spirit as all male recruits are in the Marine Corp. She was trained for jobs that had no need for rifles. In The Few and The Proud, editor Larry Smith references Doris Kleberger as she argues, training women as good Marines but not in any way for combat (227).Women who still are in the Marines who  completed basic training  in 1980s never shot weapons.  Smith references Jeanne Botwright as she explains they didn’t learn how to shoot when Jeanne was in the Marine Corp, they learned how to apply make up in their classes (237). This is important because women are not trained like their male counterparts. If women want to be in the Infantry they need to go through the same Basic Training as males.
Women are not held to the same standards as males on the PFT (Physical Fitness Test). A woman could do less than her male counterpart and get a higher score on the PFT. This means in some cases, a male could score the same as a woman, but the male could fail the PFT, while the woman passes. Paul Hair author of the web article “Why Women Shouldn’t Serve in Combat” published by The Daily Caller in 2011, explains if a 21 year male did 43 push up, 55 sit ups and could run 2 miles in 15:18 he would get a score of 192 out of 300.This is almost a failing score. However, if a 21 year old woman did the same thing,she would get a score of 263, which is considred a high score.  Women will not get lower standards if they want to be in the Spec Ops or in the infantry. Briggs, Miklaszewski, Kube authors of web article “Women in Combat: Could Special Ops be Next?” published by NBC news in 2012, explains, “The strenuous physical standard required for entry into Special Forces jobs and combat infantry assignments will not be lowered for anyone."   Women who want to be in Spec Ops will have to go through the same hard training as the males to become Navy SEALs and Green Berets. This is important because if women want to be in the Infantry which is the hardest job in the Military, they will have to get perfect scores, just like males
If women were to be Prisoners of War (P.O.W.), the torture or harm that may happen to them is not the same as males. If women are going into a combat zone they should have their weapons ready at all times so they can defend themselves from the enemy. Rick Bragg, author of the book, The Jessica Lynch story, published by Vintage Books, in 2003 explains, when the First Sargent gave the order to lock and load, Jessica pulled the slide of her M16. She tugged it back to chamber a round, and it was jammed. Jessica was a supply specialist and didn’t think her weapon would be needed in her job. Smith explains, "But she never believed that an M16 would ever be a tool she would need in her everyday Army life" (45). Jessica Lynch was captured by Iraqi Troops in 2003. As a prisoner, they proceeded to break many of her bones, and they raped her. Smith gives details about Jessica’s capture and describes how she was almost beaten to death. He describes the torture of her beatings and sexual assaults (96).  An American officer was sexually assaulted by her captors in the 1991 in Gulf War.  Elaine, Sciolino Author of the web article “Female POW is Abused, Kindling Debate,” published by New York Times, in 1992, Gives detailsAn Iraqi guard kissed her repeatedly, pulled a blanket over their heads so that they would not be seen." Three women who were captured within twelve years of one another were sexually assaulted by Iraqi troops. Sciolino informs about Specialist Melissa Coleman, another prisoner of war in 1991. She experienced the same things that the Major experienced. This is very important because if a woman is captured she could be raped or seriously hurt. Women who serve in the infantry would be harmed more than males. The enemy doesn’t care if the women in a high ranking officer or a private they will harm her if she is captured. The risk of sexual assault for female troops is too great a risk.
            Women who serve as soldiers and are mothers could be harmed, and their children need their mothers. Reservists can be called up anytime if there is a lack of troops in a country or a war zone. Women who are mothers, or even single mothers, would have to leave their child behind. Once a reservist is called up, there is no getting out of a deployment. Haley explains, women who are in the reserves can be called up in a moment’s notice, this means children can be left behind at home (52). Haley informs, the Military has an anti-motherhood policy but it is over looked because of militant feminists (52).  Women who enlist in the reserves are often called to serve in war zones, and a lot of these women have kids. Many regret leaving their children. It is in the children’s best interest to have their mothers available to them all through their childhood. Haley tells the story of specialist Tamekia Lavalais who left behind her 21 month- old baby to serve in Iraq. The baby’s father was also serving in Iraq. She said she wouldn't have joined the Army if she knew this was going to happen (53). This is important because children need their mothers, and if a women is in the Infantry going to a war zone it could mean she could be killed, leaving her child motherless. 
Women are not able to handle combat loads, and are not able to handle standard issue gear for a combat MOS.  Women have smaller frames than males, and most infantrymen are very large men who can hump (military word for carry) a 60 pound pack and have 50 pounds of ammo, weapons and flak jackets. The M16 is a large weapon that is about 9 pounds and a 3 feet long. Smith explains, “Lori's hands where too small for her M16” (46). This is important because if women were to be in the Infantry they have to be able to handle standard issue gear which all together could weigh 100 pounds or more.
Women should not serve in combat MOS because they cannot handle combat loads or standard issue rifles and they cannot pass the Male PFT. Women have the right to serve in the military, but instead of being in the Infantry we should let them be in the artillery corps and tank corps. Women should be able to serve in the Military, but not in the infantry. They should be allowed to be in artillery and non-direct combat roles. If women can pass the male infantry course that is an asset to them, but, they still should just go on to a non-direct combat MOS. The country should fear for a female’s safety should they become a POW. If women cannot handle a 60 pound pack and go on a patrol with 100+ pounds of gear, they shouldn’t be in the Infantry.  Women should not serve in combat MOS’s because as Briggs explains, Jessica Lynch was beaten almost to death, most of her bones were broken, and she was also sexually assaulted by her captors (96).

Sources

Bragg, Rick. I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. New York: NY Vintage Books, 2003. Print.
Briggs, Bill. Women in combat could Special Ops be next? NBC News, September 16, 2013. 2013, Web.
Haley, James. Women in the Military. New York NY. Green House Press, 2004. Print
Lamothe, Dan. Questions Surround Marine Corps Plan to Open Infantry Training to Enlisted Women. Military Times, Gannett Company. September 14, 2013 2013, Web
Smith, Larry.  The Few and The Proud: Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words. New York NY. W.W. Norton and Company. 2007, Print.
Sciolino, Elaine. Female POW is Abused, Kindling debate. New York Times, September 14 2013, 1992, Web.
Hair, Paul. Why women shouldn’t serve in combat The Daily Caller. September 15, 2013. 2011, Web


Friday, July 5, 2013

James Mattis

"Mad Dawg" was born September 8, 1950 in Pullman, Washington. He graduated from Richland High school in 1968. He attended Central Washington University. he then attended OCS and became one of the most famous  Marine officers.

As a young Lieutenant James commanded a Rifle Company in the 3rd Marines  As a Captain he commanded a Rifle Company in the First Marine Regiment. He was assigned as  a Recruiter in Oregon. During the Persian Gulf War  Mattis commanded  a Battalion in the  7th MR  which was in the Task Force Ripper.

 When the Terrorists attacked the united states on September 11, 2001, War was in the future for america. Mattis was deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2001. He commanded the 7th MR, his role was in the southern part of  the country.he commanded Task Force 58 and was the first US Marine to ever command a Naval Task Force. He had a key role in the Iraq war of 2003 he planed the attacks on Fallujah, at the time he was a Major General. He took command of the Combat Development center in San Diego in 2005.


Mattis was promoted to General By George W Bush in 2007, taking control of the JFCOM/SACT. in 2010 he was nominated to become the commandant of the Marine corps but before he could be elected he took a job at the US Central Command stationed in Tampa Florida. Central command is in charge of the Middle east.  Mad Dawg  "stepped down from command in 2013".

General James Mattis is a very tough man i look up to him alot.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Charles Krulak

Charles was born on March 4, 1942. He went to Exeter Academy and graduated in 1960. He attended the United States Naval Academy, and graduated in 1964.
After the basic school at Quantico VA, he led  a platoon of 2 rifle companies in Vietnam. he also held commands at
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego 1966- 1968
 Northern Training Area, Okinawa 1970
Naval Air station at North Island CA 1973-1976
Naval Academy  1970-1973
3rd Battalion 3rd Marines 1983-1985
etc.
in the 1987 we was assigned  as deputy director of the White House Military Office.in November 1988 he was selected to be a Brigadier General. In 1989 he was the Commanding General of  2nd MD Fleet Marine force  Atlantic. he led the 6th Expeditionary Brigade in the Gulf War. In 1995 he was nominated to serve as the Commandant of the Marine Corps. he assumed duty as the Commandant on June 30 1995. He was relieved of  his command in 1999.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Jason Lee Dunham

Jason Lee Dunham
 2000-2004
US Marines
Iraq

Early life
 Jason was born November 10 1981 in Scio New York and lived there his whole life. He had 2 brothers and 1 sister.  He graduated from high school in 2000 and joined up with the Marines because he couldn’t pay for college.
  Military service
 He joined the USMC he graduated from recruit training on October 27 2000 he served  as a Security Force Sentry at the Naval Submarine Base Kings bay Georgia he stayed there until 2003.  In early 2004 he was serving as a squad leader with 4th Platoon Company K 3rd battalion 7 Marine Regiment   1st MD. On April 14 2004 the battalion’s commander’s convoy came under attack. 4th platoon was set to find out want was happening.  The platoon walked up to some Toyota cars which had weapons in them the driver shot at them. Jason engaged in hand-to-hand combat  the man   dropped a grenade  Jason jumped on it trying to use his helmet to shield himself and  the men around him.  He was sprayed by the fragments.  Jason was wounded very badly and was sent home as soon as possible he died 8 day later...


For his actions he was awarded the Medal of Honor and he was the first Marine to given this since Vietnam Conflict      

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry

Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry
Rangers
US Army
2000-

Petry was born in Santa Fe New Mexico. He was the third of 5 sons. Everyone liked him when he was a kid he got along with most people in his youth. He went to Santa Fe High School and failed his freshman year and repeated it. In sophomore year he went to Saint Catherine Indian School. He enjoyed playing Football and basketball when he was growing up. He also enjoyed Cooking and fixing cars.
Military Service
  His cousin was in the Ranger and that’s what inspired him to join the Army. He attended Basic and AIT on   September 11 2001 he was training to become a Ranger. His trainer told there ranger class that they will be going to war and it’s not fun and games anymore.  He was deployed to Iraq 2 times and Afghanistan 6 times.  On May 26, 2008 he was on a mission in the Pakita Province Afghanistan in a daylight raid. This mission was to capture a high Profile Taliban leader. As the helicopters landed the rangers came under heavy fire from the Compound.  Petry and another ranger were securing the area they were wounded. He led the other Ranger to cover then he reported the wounds while engaging the Enemy with a Hand grenade so his fellow ranger could come to cover. The Enemy advanced throwing hand grenades wounding a lot of Rangers.  A Grenade landed near Petry and he without hesitation picked it up and threw it back as the grenade left his hand it exploded, Leroy lost his hand. Even with these wounds he led his men until the compound was captured.
Leroy was awarded the Medal of Honor and was the 2nd man to be awarded when he was alive. He reenlisted in the Army and is still in the Army.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Staff Seargant Salvatore Giunta

Sal Giunta
2003-2011
US Army

Giunta was born in 1985 on January 21. He grew up in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  As a young kid he enjoyed to play Golf and wrestling. He was working at a subway Sandwich shop when he heard the commercial for the US Army come on down and get a free T shirt. Sal didn’t have a inertest in join the Army but he thought it be cool to get a T Shirt that says ARMY. The recruiter says to Sal that he could be anything in the Army. Ranger and Air Borne School sound great to him. He liked the idea of Jumping into combat not driving.

Military Service
Sal attended Basic Training at Fort Benning Georgia.  He stayed at Benning after graduating Basic and he went to Airborne School. He then wanted to go into the Rangers were he was on a Waiting list. He signed up to “Shoot Bad guys” not clean kitchens while waiting for the Ranger school to open for him. He said that he didn’t want to be a ranger any more he was sent to Italy with the 173rd Airborne. They had already been to Iraq for the invasion of 2003.  He trained in Germany and then was sent to Afghanistan in 2005 for his first deployment. He was wounded in the mountains of Afghanistan. He was wounded again but he never went to get a purple heart for the wound. He was the SAW Gunner on his first deployment. He was deployed again in 2007-2008 he knew that this was no game anymore since he had left in 2005 things had changed in Afghanistan. He was sent t he Korengal Valley in the Kunar Province ( it seems like everything bad happens in Kunar.) every time they went out on patrol they were engaged.
Operation Rock Avalanche
On October 25 2007 Giunta was over watching a Village where 2nd Platoon was having a meeting with the village elders. After the meeting they were moving to the Firebase (Vegas) and were attacked in a L shaped ambush. Giunta dropped to the deck and returned fire and directing this fire team to do the same. He then fearing that his Squad leader was down stood up in the midst of the fore fight and ran tot were he believed where his Squad leader was. He saw 3 men moving away from the Fight and he saw that they were taking his squad leader (his name was Josh Brennan). Giunta shot one man and wounded the another. He helped Brennan but there was not much he could do with him. Brennen had been shot 6 times and one in the mouth. He found it odd that the Medic was no with the wound. It turned out the Medic was shot in a ditch Medical papers say that the Medic helped Brennan but that wouldn't be the case.
Two days after the battle he was recommended the Medal of Honor. He finished his tour of duty in Afghanistan. In 2010 he was awarded the Medal of Honor by Barack Obama.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lewis B Puller


Lewis Puller
USMC
1918-1955
File:Chesty Puller.jpg



Chesty   went to Haiti and saw action against the rebels then he was sent home to work for, Alexander Vandergrift in December 1928 Puller was assigned to the Nicaraguan National Guard detachment.   Where he was awarded his first Navy Cross for his actions from February 16 to August 19, 1930 when he led "five successive engagements against superior numbers of armed bandit forces”.  Puller was sent to China to the Marine detachment at the American legation he was the commanding a unit of China marines, China Marines where to protect Americans in china. They were from the 4th division when World War 2 broke out Major Puller and given command of 1st battalion 7th marines of the 1st marine division. Stationed at New River North Carolina the new Marine amphibious base which would soon be renamed for the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune. On September 18 1942 pullers men landed on Guadalcanal among his men was JOHN BASILONE. Puller  led his men along the Matanikau River   Puller saved 3  companies from annihilation  Puller dashed to the beach and yelled and waved at the USS Monessen to provide cover for this 3 companies,  the Monessen fired and cleared the area  for this action he was awarded the bronze star  Pullers men were involved in the battle of Henderson field  chesty was in command of the only American unit defended the airfield from the Japanese.   The Marines suffered 70 dead and the Japanese  lost 1400 Puller was made the executive officer of the 7th while in cape Gloucester  puller was awarded his 4th Navy Cross Puller was made into  the commander of the 1st Marine division and led them in the battle Peleliu  the  most bloodiest battle in the history of the USMC   in 1944 Pullers brother was killed by a sniper  in Guam.  he returned  to the USA  after the War. the Korean war broke out in 1950. He was assigned the 1st again  he landed on Inchon on September 15 1950 he was awarded the silver star for his actions  from the he was award his 5th Navy cross in 1951  he served in The chosen Reservoir he was made into o a general  and his days in the field was over he retired and lived until 1971

 Chesty was consider one of the greatest marine sin the history of the USMC his son was in the marines during Vietnam and was disabled he legs were blown off and his hands where  blown apart. Lewis Puller Died in 1971

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jared Monti


Early Life

File:Jared C. Monti crop.jpgJared Monti was born on September 20 1975 he grew up in Raynham Massachusetts. He was an adventurous kid he disappeared one day and found hours later, He was hanging by his hood on a fence.  He became a body builder in high school. He attended Bridgewater Raynham Regional High school he enlisted in the United States Army in 1993.

 Military Service

After Basic Training and further training he joined he Paratroopers. He was in the 82nd Airborne. He was deployed to Korea and Kosovo. In Kosovo while in a training jump he was badly injured. He rejected the idea of a medical discharge. He relisted and was deployed to Afghanistan. He was a part of Operation Spartan. On June 21 2006 he was the assistant Leader of a 16 man patrol. His men were attacked by 60+ insurgents. Spc Brain Bradbury was wounded and was in the middle of the fight. Staff Sargent Cunningham Yelled to Monti I’m going to go get him. Monti yelled back that’s my guy. I am going to get him.  Machine gun and RPG fire made Monti take cover he tried 3 times to save his man. On the 3rd time an Rpg blew through his legs. He crawled back to Cunningham and made peace with god and told Cunningham to tell his parents that he loved them. He died. Spc Bradbury died when the 159 Medical Company’s Hoist Broke

Jared Monti was awarded the Medal of Honor on 1/17/09

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bruce W. Carter

Early Life
File:Carter BW USMC.jpgBruce was born on May 7 1950 in Schenectady New York. He attended high school at West Jefferson High school. He enlisted in the USMC in 1968 and was ordered to MRD Parris Island.
Military Service
After Parris Island he went to infantry school and a Vietnamese language course. He deployed to South Vietnam in April 1969. On august 2nd 1969 he was in Operation Idaho Canyon, his unit came under heavy fire. PFC Carter and his fellow Marines were pinned down under heavy enemy fire. He stood up and shot a full magazine into the NVA positions killing many. He then led his men to   other marines who were cut off. This is when a grenade was dropped; Carter jumped on the Grenade Killing him and saving his fellow Marines.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Specialist Ross McGinnis

Ross was born on June 14 1987 in Meadville Pa. He wanted to be in the Army since he was a in kindergarten. He grew up in Knox PA. He was in the Boy scouts and he loved to play sports. His favorites were Basketball and Baseball. He has 2 sisters

He enlisted in the delayed entry program at 17 and attended basic training at Fort Benning. In August 2006 he was 19 years old was deployed to Baghdad. He was on the 50 cal. A grenade was thrown into his vehicle. He could have jumped out and saved himself but he instead jumped on the Frag and took the Blast.    He was awarded the Medal of Honor.





Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on December 4, 2006. That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion. Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army


Saturday, April 13, 2013

LT Thomas Norris

1967-1972
Vietnam
Navy SEALs

Early Life
Born on 1/14/44 in Jacksonville Florida  he attended Maryland university and got a degree in science. He Joined the US Navy to become a pilot. But he couldn't join because of his eyesight.
Military Service/Medal of Honor

In 1972 a pilot was shot down behind enemy lines after the search and rescue failed killing 11 more airmen and 2 POWS a ground  rescue mission  was needed. Norris and Nguyễn Văn Kiệt Moved thru abandoned villages. near the DMZ Norris and Kiet used a old sampan and when threw the enemy lines. they were not spotted in the River because the NVA Guards were asleep. They found the Downed pilot and  returned to base. as they were returning the NVA  opened up on them the SEAL and Kiet  fought back and returned to the base.
He was given the Medal Of Honor for his actions.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Henery Myre

This man, Henry Myre, is my 4th great GrandfatherHe was a seargent in the 20th Kentucky Infantry

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Battle at Fort Sumter

Date; April 12 1861- April 14 1861

Reasons  South Carolina  left the union and Lincoln calls for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion.


Action
File:Sumter.jpgMajor Robert Anderson is in charge of a group of 85 men he moves his men from Fort Multrie to fort Sumter on April 10th. on April 12 the South fired a 10mm mortar at Fort Sumter, starting the bloodest war in American History.  The Southerners fired cannons at ther fort all night. Major Anderson knew that the fort was not made for a ground attack. it was made tot protect thee city of Charleston from a Naval Assult. his 60 main guns were on the top deck of the fort and he knew he could send men up there becaus ethey would be killed. He didnt want this to happen. the Southerners shot the cannons  directly inside the fort blowing up the wooden structures inside the fort making them burn.

When the Cannons let up a bit he ordered his men to use there connons on the southerns. the problem was the  fort had no primers for the cannons so they could get a couple shots off anad then they could not shot the cannons.

 a  Federal Boat came to  rescue the Men and it was shot at making the boat turn back.

Makor Anderson Surrendered tot he Southerns on April 14 1861 starting the war.

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lt. Michael Murphy USN

2000-2005 years of service


Murph as his buddies called him he was born on May 7, 1976 in Smithtown New York to Maureen and Daniel Murphy. He attended Saxton Middle School where he played youth soccer and pee-wee football with his father as coach. In high school, he continued playing sports and had a summer job as a lifeguard he was known as the “ the protector” in middle school a boy who had problems was being bullied and he came up to the bullies and got them a way he also helped a homeless man who was being attacked. He graduated from Penn State in 1998.
Military Service

He got into many  law schools after Penn State. He chose not to do that and he join the US Navy. he went thru BUD/S after that. From there  he went as a ensign  to his seal team he was deployed to Iraq and then to Afghanastan.

 Lt Murphy lead a group of men for recon to kill or capture Ben Sharmak a taliban leader.   his team  landed  in the area the taliban surrounded Murphy and his team. A helicopter came to recue them but it was shot down by an RPG .  Lt Murphy was killed June 28, 2005 after exposing himself to enemy fire and knowingly leaving his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. He provided his unit’s location and requested immediate support for his element and then returned to his position to continue fighting until he died from his wounds.



He was Awarded the Medal Of Honor

CITATION:
 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare task unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy’s team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.




 
 

Monday, April 1, 2013

GySgt Jimmie Howard

Years of Service 1950-1977

EARLY LIFE
Jimmie was born  on July 27 1929 he went to college for 1 year in 1949. He enlisted in the Marines in 1950.

MILITARY SERVICE 
After he  went thru boot camp at Pendleton he was given the rank of PFC he then became a Drill Instructor he was deployed to Korea in 1951 he was awarded his first 2 Purple Hearts and a  Sliver Star after he held off a NNA Attack kinda like a Alvin York. he was promoted to Corporal in 1952. 

After the Korean war he joined the recon and was deployed on the USS Oriskany  he was promoted to sgt. After this he was transferred to the MPs where he was promoted to SSGT.

In Vietnam he was a GySgt in charge  of a 20 man Recon Force that reconed the area before the infantry came and took it down. on June 13 1966 he  and his 18 men including 2 navy corpsman landed behide enemy lines  on the 15 of june his men were engaged by a force of 500 plus NVA and VC  GySgt Howard  was wounded by a Frag Grenade but fought on he radioed in locations for Bombers to hit. The VC and NVA were armed with onlysmall arms and the americans ruled the air in Vietnam. Howard Moved from man to man directing fire. he also handed all the Ammo for the M14s that he could find.

13 sliver stars and 2 navy crosses were given out and he was given the Medal of Honor.
in 1999 the USS Howard came out.




Citation 

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie Earl Howard (MCSN: 1130610), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty on 16 June 1966, while serving with Company C, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against the enemy near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam. Gunnery Sergeant Howard and his eighteen-man platoon were occupying an observation post deep within enemy-controlled territory. Shortly after midnight a Viet Cong force of estimated battalion size approached the Marines' position and launched a vicious attack with small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. Reacting swiftly and fearlessly in the face of the overwhelming odds, Gunnery Sergeant Howard skillfully organized his small but determined force into a tight perimeter defense and calmly moved from position to position to direct his men's fire. Throughout the night, during assault after assault, his courageous example and firm leadership inspired and motivated his men to withstand the unrelenting fury of the hostile fire in the seemingly hopeless situation. He constantly shouted encouragement to his men and exhibited imagination and resourcefulness in directing their return fire. When fragments of an exploding enemy grenade wounded him severely and prevented him from moving his legs, he distributed his ammunition to the remaining members of his platoon and proceeded to maintain radio communications and direct air strikes on the enemy with uncanny accuracy. At dawn, despite the fact that five men were killed and all but one wounded, his beleaguered platoon was still in command of its position. When evacuation helicopters approached his position, G/Sergeant Howard warned them away and called for additional air strikes and directed devastating small-arms fire and air strikes against enemy automatic weapons positions in order to make the landing zone as secure as possible. Through his extraordinary courage and resolute fighting spirit, G/Sergeant Howard was largely responsible for preventing the loss of his entire platoon. His valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit served to inspire the men of his platoon to heroic endeavor in the face of overwhelming odds, and reflect the highest credit upon Gunnery Sergeant Howard, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Servi
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

John Basilone Death

On February 19 1945  a hero  was killed John Basilone was tried of banging the War Bond Drive and wanted to get back to his boys. he  reenlisted in the USMC and when to train the new guys. he was a hero in the young Marines  he trained. Chuck Tatum says everyone looked up to him.

In the Battle of Iwo Jima  Basilone landed and took charge of his Platoon and other men telling them to aim and reserve your Ammo. he single handily   destroyed  a Japanese bunker. After that he was killed by a mortar round that killed him on in packed.


RIP Hero

MARPAT

The United States Marines  used  the desert combat uniform into Iraq in 2003. The uniform didn't really fit into the desert very well. The Military Noticed that the uniform didnt work they called for replacements that ment  field tests. In early 2002 they Makers of MARPAT were starting to make the pattern.

The Woodland Cammies were given to marines in 2003 and 2004 along with the Desert Cammies. This was a great news for the Kids at boot camp they didn't have to iron and press there uniforms anymore!   the uniform was the first digital camo for the USA the Army followed in 2004 and  2005. The navy in 2010.

The Pattern works very well under NVGs and blends well into the desert. 

ACU and OPC

The Acu is  known as the ACUPAT it is in use from 2004- today. The ACU is a close relative of the  MARPAT which came out in 2002. this uniform is different because ive seen it look grayer and then  bright green! the problems that soldier are facing in this uniform is that it worked good on the streets of iraq but in the mountains of  Afghanistan  is a different story.

Thats  why the Army did a new uniform search they found the Multicam this multicam aka OPC is a uniform that was int he first runners int he 2003-2004 uniform search it  is based  on the British Woodland Uniform. ( we do that alot!
The OPC was worn by Special Forces in its early days it blends into the environment very well. the US Army is now issuing it to All Troops deployed to Afghanistan. the US Army wants everyone to wear it and i dont really what to wear it when i go it i like the Marpat much Better.
I dont think the Marines would wanna switch either.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

NWU Type I , II III

 The US Navy has  new uniforms! before this Special opertions would wear Marpat and ADU now they have made there own!!! it is all based off the Marpat that was invented in 2002.


The NWU Type 1 was approved on Augest 30th 2011 it is made like the MARPAT, it has four pockets on the jacket  two on the arms and 2 ont he chest.
It has  the USS Constitution on the left chest pocket. ( like the MARPAT) the colors are of baby blue navy blue and a gray-blue. it is to be worn with black Boots.


The NWU Type II is a Desert Pattern it is  amde also like the Marpat it has  almost the same colors of tan browna nd a yellow-tan. It is to be worn by Special  opertions like the Navy SEALs. it is also worn by the Seebees.


The NWU Type III  was a  approved on Augest 30th 2011 this a A lighter woodland pattern then the Marpat it is to be worn by Special Opertions  int he feild and to be the the uniform that is worn in the United states on leave.





Monday, February 11, 2013

Clinton Romesha

Ealry Life 

Clinton was born in 1981 in Cedarville California. His father had served in Vietnam and his grandfather had served in WWII 2 of his brother had joined the Military. he married in 200 to Tamara.

Military Service 

 He enlisted in the United States Army in 1999 he did basic training of that year  he trained to be a crew member for a the M1 Abrams tank. he was deployed to Kosovo South Korea and Iraq. He was deployed in May 2009 to  Afghanistan  on October the 3 2009 Taliban fighters planed a attack on the outpost he was in. There plan was to hit the out post from  3 sides they massed a force of about 300 fighters and attacked with mortars and small arms.
The Afghan Troops ran from there posts in terror Romesha ran to greet the Taliban forces shooting them down as they came in burning down the outpost. he was targeted by a sniper that was shooting at him. he made a 5 man team to attack the Taliban. he jumped be hide a generator. it was shot with a RPG this wounded Romesha  in the neck shoulder and arms  he was wounded and called in for Air Support  killing 30 Taliban fighters.  because of his actions he stopped the attack and prevent more death to  the Americans that were in the Base.
8 Americans were killed.
He was awarded the Medal Of Honor  on 2/11/13  he  is the 11 man to received it  during the War on Terror he is the 4 living Man  others being Dakota Meyer, Leroy Petry, and Salvatore Giunta.







"Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. On that morning, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his comrades awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of the complex, employing concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small arms fire. Staff Sergeant Romesha moved uncovered under intense enemy fire to conduct a reconnaissance of the battlefield and seek reinforcements from the barracks before returning to action with the support of an assistant gunner. Staff Sergeant Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and, while engaging a second, the generator he was using for cover was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, inflicting him with shrapnel wounds. Undeterred by his injuries, Staff Sergeant Romesha continued to fight and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant gunner, he again rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble additional soldiers. Staff Sergeant Romesha then mobilized a five-man team and returned to the fight equipped with a sniper rifle. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Romesha continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets, including three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost’s perimeter. While orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield, Staff Sergeant Romesha maintained radio communication with the tactical operations center. As the enemy forces attacked with even greater ferocity, unleashing a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifle rounds, Staff Sergeant Romesha identified the point of attack and directed air support to destroy over 30 enemy fighters. After receiving reports that seriously injured Soldiers were at a distant battle position, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured Soldiers to safely reach the aid station. Upon receipt of orders to proceed to the next objective, his team pushed forward 100 meters under overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from taking the bodies of their fallen comrades. Staff Sergeant Romesha’s heroic actions throughout the day-long battle were critical in suppressing an enemy that had far greater numbers. His extraordinary efforts gave Bravo Troop the opportunity to regroup, reorganize and prepare for the counterattack that allowed the Troop to account for its personnel and secure Combat Outpost Keating. Staff Sergeant Romesha’s discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army"

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jessica Lynch



Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba?  how about Jessica Lynch?

 She was born in West Virginia in 1983 She was the  first daughter to Deidre Lynch and Gregory Lynch, Sr. Her family could not afford to send her to college; her older brother had to drop out due to financial reasons. Searching for a way to pay for the children's educations, they met with a US Army recruiter he told them  that war was not that Far off this was 2000.

Operation Iraqi Freedom her convoy turned into the City of Nasiriyah  when they were supposed to Turn  around the city not into it but they got lost the convoy was ambushed by Iraqi forces the driver  SPC Piestewa  avoided the fire until a RPG hit they humvee  wounding everyone  the Iraqis took them hostage.
The Iraqi Regiment that had taken her hostage took her to a hospital were the a man named  Mohammed called 

File:JessicaLynch02.jpegAmerican forces tell them where she was he was granted refugee status in the USA. SPC Piestewa died on March 30 2003 of her wounds. On April 1 2003 US Marines and Rangers broken into the hospital and saved her and others taken her back to Germany where she met her parents. 
she was awarded the POW Medal, Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
she now is a teacher in West Virginia. 

Holt Collier

The Civil War Confederates had Black soldiers? yes indeed they did Just like this man Holt Collier who was a  slave and followed his Masters to the recruiting station and  signed up! he was 14 and he was  in the 99th  Texas Cav. Company I he was a  spy for the Confederates and a Marksmen. he Lived after the War. he saw Action at Shiloh and saw General Johnston Die.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003

Becasue of the attacks on September 11 2001 we started the War on Terror  which had a good cause to end the  the people who attacked our country. President Bush used this as a way to finish what his Dad started in 1991.
Bush sent Navy SEALS to Afghanistan good move get the  Bad guys there and end this once and for all... thanks bush way to say locals you take care  of even thou you the ones who will take money  and let those leader thru into other countries.
Now  its 2003 2 years after the attacks and we invade Iraq  becaus e Samdam has Nuclear Weapons. heres the Runn Down.

In 2002 the UN  went to Iraq to see if they still  had  Chemcail  weapons which Iraq hadnt had since the 1991 Gulf War . the UK nad the US said to the world Iraq has Weapons of Mass dustruction and they need to be taken down.
which i belive that We should ahve just ended this in 1991 but HW Bush didnt want to but W Bush didnt need to lie  to the american people.
March 20 2003
The  US Marines and the US Army  and Bristish Army attacked from Kuwait and headed down the road to Bagadad they saw some combat on the roads the Mairnes had to get off there humvees and fight againist the Republican Guard. takng few wounded and a couple dead the Mairnes and Army headed toward Bagadad they stopped in towns and cleared them

"The invasion was a quick and decisive operation encountering major resistance, though not what the U.S., British and other forces expected. The Iraqi regime had prepared to fight both a conventional and irregular war at the same time, conceding territory when faced with superior conventional forces, largely armored, but launching smaller scale attacks in the rear using fighters dressed in civilian and paramilitary clothes. This achieved some temporary successes and created unexpected challenges for the invading forces, especially the U.S. military"

when the Ameircans Got  to Bagadad the Mairnes corssed the bridge into bagadad but where shot at and took a couple of Wounded and dead. they got across. the Iraqis bounced with joy seeing the Mairnes. They asked them to help pull down the Statue of Samdam.

While the Marines are helping the Towns peple the 3rd armor division is taking some fire.
Paul Ray Smith and veteran of the US Army was a sergent thye stopped at what seemed to be a compound whcih had a block house on top the soldiers cleared the house. there was a open feild in forunt of it and smith saw about 50 people start running towards him  he jumped on the 50cal and started shooting  them down because they were shooting at them them the block house behide Smith opened fire his men where being wounded  he was shot may times and he killed almost 40 of the 50 insurgents. he was awarded the Medal of Honor  he died

Paul Ray Smiths Cition
"Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on April 4, 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60 mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith's extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division 'Rock of the Marne,' and the United States Army"


after the Americnas took bagadad they took control of the country for 8 years. i will be doing more on this subject.....
semper fi  

Chris Kyle

Petty Officer Kyle was born on  April 8th 1974 he was born to be a sniper at the age of 8 he started hunting birds. he rode the bronco Rodeo which he stopped when he fell and hurt his arm. Kyle intended to join the USMC. but the US Navy got to him first he was told about the Navy Seals and how they where the best.


Military Service

Kyle Enlisted in the United States Navy in 1999. After he did BUDS  he now a Navy SEAL in 2001  the World Trade Center was attacked by hajakers. He was not deployed to Afghanistan right after the attack. In 2003 the Invasion of Iraq began he was  in bagadad and he saw a women who had a grenede on her and he was order to shot her he did so saving alot of American Marines.  kyle served in every major battle of the Iraq War  when he was Ramadi the insurgents put a 20,000 dollar reward for his head then they raised it to 80,000. he had killed 130 People saving thousands of people. he a hero and a hero of mine!

On Feb 2 2013 he was shot and killed along with his friends they found the idot who did it and he will pay his time.

 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Military Books Part 2

In the Company of Heroes
By Mike Durant
10/10


In the Company of Heroes is an Awesome Book! its very sad it hard to put into Words Mike Durant had been in the 160th SOAR since the 1980s this book is mostly about  his time in Somalia. he was apart of task force Ranger in Mogadishu in the Battle  he was shot down, Sgts. Shugart and Gordon Protected his downed crew Mike was the only one to Live he was  then taken as a POW he talks about how he was   Moved to place to place. he had a Broken Back  and leg. this a Great Story id say its Better than Black Hawk down.




West Dickens Ave  A Marine at Khe Sanh
By John Corrbet
10/10

West Dickens Ave  A Marine at Khe Sanh  is about John enlisting in the Marine Corp during Vietnam  he  talks about basic training and his transportation to Khe Sanh  how it was in the Middle of nowhere.  he got to Khe Sanh 2 days Before the Tet Offensive. he was a Mortar man in the Marines he says that he was green Mairne and hadnt seen combat and 2 days later the NVA shell them. this story tells about how he lived in khe sanh and how it was hard. why is  it called west dickens Ave? he  found  a street sign while he was  digging his Fighting hole and he named it West Dickens Ave.


Faith in My Fathers
By John McCain
10/10

I have wanted to read this book for monthes but Barnes and Nobles never had it i Ordered from Amazon and read it. this book like WOW mind Blowing   its about  his  Grandfather and his Father who where both in the US Navy which there alot of Info about them then it talks about him  he was Bombing North Vietnam's Capitol   he was shot down he landed in a lake there Anrgy towns people Attacked him bayoneting him and hurting him. when he ejected form the Plane it broken his leg and arms. while he was A POW they broke his Arm again. this story there is alot more info i could give but we would be here for Hours. he is my HERO


Death in the Jungle
By Gary Smith
10/10

This book is a very good read  Gary enlisted in the Navy after Dropping out of Collage and he went for the new group called the Navy Seals. this Book is about his first Tour in Vietnam and how he was a Swamp Warrior who saw much Comabt in  the Swamps  of Vietnam its  about how his team Ambushed  Countless VC and  NVA

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Invasion of Panama

The United States had been in the Country Since 1905 the Panamanians what them out.
Why did they what the Americans Out before Manual Noriega took power they loved the Americans.
Manual Noriega Was born in Panama City he was trained at Lima Peru he was commissioned a Lt in 1967 of the Panamanian National Guard. 
He also was on the CIA Pay roll.
Everyone believed he was a Drug Trafficker and he was using Panama As a drug Center.
Panamas Army had check points everywhere a couple of off duty Marines where driving down the Road and didn’t Stop at the Check Point.
PDF shot at the Car and killed a marine and wounded another.
They also captured a Navy officer and His wife   raping the Wife…
The Americans Flew below the Radar and Landed troops. the PDF Noticed the Planes coming in and had their troops and alert.
US Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and Delta Force Marines and The Night Stalkers
The US Army Rangers would   Jumped into Panama by Para shoot .
The Deltas would land on the Little Birds and attack Prison where a CIA operative was in captive.
They were in for 3 mins they ran down and killed all PDF and took the Captive.   
Marines were Dropped By helicopter. 
 The Blackhawk and little birds and Apaches where the Helicopters involved
The Apaches where Brand new and really have never been used before.
 Also Stealth Bombers where used to bomb the PDF barracks. As Mike Durant Said we knew they were in the Air but we had never seen them until BOOOM BOOM.
The Little Bird Was shot down that was carrying the CIA operative he was not harmed but Some of the Deltas where Killed.
The Remaining Deltas Made a Perimeter and Fought to protect him.
The Navy SEALS where on a rubber Raft and their job was to Swim the Gun Boat of Manual Noriega
Put C4 on its hull and make it Explode before Manual Noriega Could get to it.
They got it and put the C4 on and then the Guard started Dropping Grenades into the water.
The SEALs had to get out of the water before the boat exploded the rubber boat picked up the wounded Navy SEALS
The Navy seals Landed on the Airport where Manual Noriega’s Jet was the mission was to put C4 on it and make it exploded.
4 SEALS Died in total.
Manual Noriega hide in the Vatican Mission he knew that he was in trouble there was a 1 million Dollar reward on his head.
When the Americans Found him they Played hard rock music outside the Vatican Mission because he hated Rock music.
He Surrendered   he is Still in Jail.