Saturday, August 12, 2006

All Around Bad Ass Of The Day
Lance Corporal Galen Wilson, USMC

Hat Tip to my good goomba Cletus Huckleberry for nominating him.

There's a mantra for Marines... "One Shot, One Kill". I don't think anyone will be upset with young L/Cpl. Wilson for crankin' off 20 rounds. After all, he has 20 kills.

Here's some background on this young Leatherneck ---

During a large-scale attack on Easter Sunday, Wilson says, he spotted six gunmen on a rooftop about 400 yards away. In about 8 seconds he squeezed off five rounds — hitting five gunmen in the head. The sixth man dived off a 3-story building just as Wilson got him in his sights, and counts as a probable death. (note from the Caveman; 5 head shots in 8 seconds at a range of 400 yards. You'd be stunned to find out just how many Marines can shoot at that level of expertise.)

"You could tell he didn't know where it was coming from. He just wanted to get away," Wilson said. Later that day, he said, he killed another insurgent.

Wilson says his skill helps save American troops and Iraqi civilians.

"It doesn't bother me. Obviously, me being a devout Catholic, it's a conflict of interest. Then again, God supported David when he killed Goliath," Wilson said. "I believe God supports what we do and I've never killed anyone who wasn't carrying a weapon."

When asked rhetorically how can he sleep at night, L/Cpl. Wilson said that insurgents "have killed good Marines I've served with. That's how I sleep at night. Though I've killed over 20 people, how many lives would those 20 people have taken?"

By the way... anyone notice the type of weapon he has in the photo? It ain't one of the high speed, low drag Scout-Sniper weapons... it's just your average, every day M-16 A2 Marine Corps bang stick. Sheesh, and the Army still doesn't understand why we rifle qualify every Marine every year from the 200, 300 and 500 yard line.

Hey.... Every Marine A Marksman. We've been living that for over 200 years.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

God bless him and keep him safe.

The excellent book "Breakout" about the Marines at the Chiosin Reservoir, illustrates the "Every Marine a Marksman" maxim when the cooks and band members were moved onto the firing line. No leader doubted they could shoot as well as their fellow Marine riflemen.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

Marine Corps marksmanship standards require each and every enlisted Marine under the rank of Gunnery Sergeant -- and every officer under the rank of Major -- to qualify with the garden-variety M16A2 service rifle at 500 meters on a man-sized target with only iron sights.

The good LCpl seems to have taken his marksmanship instruction very seriously. Bravo Zulu to him.

Dominus tecum

6:06 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Under the rank of Gunny? When did that change?

6:20 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...


As far as I know, it's always been that way. I came in in 1992; when did you retire?


4:52 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I puled the plug in '97, and I recall rifle qualing as a Gunny in '94. After I picked up MSgt, it was pistola only

11:16 AM  
Blogger Der Tommissar said...

5 head shots in 8 seconds at a range of 400 yards. You'd be stunned to find out just how many Marines can shoot at that level of expertise.

Just ask Lee Harvey Oswald!

12:53 PM  

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