Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You mean, Marines aren't the Incompetent, Racist, Homophobes That "Generation Kill" Makes Them Out to Be?

from Military.com:
Marine Makes Insurgents Pay the Price

November 18, 2008Marine Corps News
by Cpl. James M. Mercure

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.

Shewan has historically been a safe haven for insurgents, who used to plan and stage attacks against Coalition Forces in the Bala Baluk district.

The city is home to several major insurgent leaders. Reports indicate that more than 250 full time fighters reside in the city and in the surrounding villages.

Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines’ deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area.

“The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”

The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.

“The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”

During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”

After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.

“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”

Just 250 to 30? Boy, you Jarheads like a stacked deck don't you?

Hoo-rah fella's. As always, you have this ex-squids admiration and gratitude!

St. Michael the Archangel, Defend us in Battle!!!


Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Thanks Shipmate!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Subvet said...

The insurgents brought 250 amatuers to the field, the USMC brought 30 warriors.

That was all the difference there was and all the difference there needed to be.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Good for them!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

All I have to say is:

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We
are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Shadow D38 said...

as far as the picture goes... (cause it ruined everything else and made me sick) The marines have not been around since 1775. The United States ARMY! Has been around since 1775. The Marine corps was a bunch of NAVY men that got together to fight the Wars in WWII against the Japanese cause our ARMY was dieing fighting against Nazi Germany against hitler. The Marine Corps is a division of the Navy that mobolizes anywhere at any time. But geuss what people... So does the Army. The special forces like black ops, Navy Seals, Delta Force, and the Army Ranger Corps go in and take the HVTs. Then the Marines come in and take the objective while the Army sweeps what the marines cant handle. dont get me wrong the marines make good sharpshooters but thats about it. the army is the ones you hear about clearing rooms and kicken @$$ but the marines take credit to keep recruitment up. first to fight? yea right. The marines may mobolize first after the special forces but they do it in a way that they miss 87% of the bad guys then the army has to clean up their mess cause they are to "few" and "proud" to come back and clean up after themselves. so i geuss the army is like their mother and has to clean up after them cause they are to much of a baby to do it themselves. Marines are for pansys! GO ARMY! I am Army Strong.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

You useless army turd.

I suggest you open a book... starting with a dictionary.

From there, a history book.

You may not want to admit it, but we've been making you dog face pukes look like the incompitent second stringer that you are for well over 200 years.

Have a Happy Marine Corps Day.

5:18 PM  

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