Here’s a touching story about a Soldier and the children he met in Iraq.
OK, here’s a fairly “happy” story about an unlikely hero; one who’s fairly new to the front line of heroism. The female Soldier.
In 2005, Lance Corporal Travis Williams and his squad went on a rescue mission that would change his life forever. Of his 12-man crew, he was the only to come back alive.
*I know this story (and others) is a sad one, but war is sad. We all know It’s not about medals and happy ending stories of heroism, it’s messy and ugly and there’s nothing nice about it. But…
This veterans story is a story of heroism–in its rawest form. All of the men we’re heroes that day. 12 of them gave the ultimate sacrifice, while one carried on and now, shares their story.
If our warriors are willing to tell us ANYTHING, we really should listen, sad or otherwise, just listen.
Read a brief account then Watch the (cartoon) video of the accounts that changed a soldier’s life.
“The Fighting Season,” is a six-part documentary from actor and veteran supporter Ricky Schroder and DirecTV. But it’s not just another war documentary.
The series culls out many of the hard-to-explain details of deployment in Afghanistan — the frustrations and setbacks and small victories. And in so doing, it gets it right.
“The Fighting Season” drops the viewer into the war without injecting any pretense or agendas. The film captures the nuance of asymmetric war, how soldiers suss out the difference between friendly locals and insurgents. It shows how the bad guys build an ambush against a backdrop of relative calm. Read more
Baghdad: Romantic like Paris. Only not…
PLEASE READ THIS. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
You may need some tissue, I sure did…
The following video is a documentary on the war in Iraq, 2004. It is long, but a good weekend video to watch! Enjoy…
1.) The birthday of the modern U.S. Marine Corps is on Nov. 10, 1775.
On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Penn. authorized the raising of two battalions of Marines to serve “for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies.” Shortly after this resolution, Marines were recruited and served aboard ships, most notably as sharpshooters taking out enemy officers. Read more
A story by Ernest Hemingway about a soldier tormented by his experiences at war could have been written in our time, even though it was written 90 years ago.
A short story by Ernest Hemingway from his 1925 anthology titled “In Our Time,” could very well have been written in our time, even though the author wrote it 90 years ago. The title of the story was “Soldier’s Home.” Read more
This is Warrior Wednesday — a new, ongoing series where we’ll highlight military members who performed heroically in combat but are relatively unknown in the broader community. Put simply, these are stories of bravery that need to be told.
Samarra, 2005. Iraq‘s Fallujah
By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 26, 2005
SAMARRA, Iraq — On one of his last days in Iraq, Sgt. Dale Evans looked out over the turbulent city from a rooftop tower piled high with sandbags, manning a machine gun. Below him, rows of Bradley Fighting Vehicles stood at the ready. Dusty streets were lined with coiled barbed wire and abandoned houses pockmarked from gunfire — a protective no-man’s land around a base that U.S. commanders describe as their “battleship” in downtown Samarra. Read more
NOTE WORTHY: Fallujah fell late last year to the terror group, ISIS. How does that sit with you? I can imagine it sits well with the men and women who fought there over 10 years ago.
This isn’t a first in our nations history of war. eg., the fall of Saigon.
The 2004 Second Battle of Fallujah will be talked about among Marines for years to come, but for some who fought in those deadly streets and from room-to-room, the battle continues to play out long after they come home.
“The most difficult part of transitioning into the civilian world is the fact that I was still alive,” says Matt Ranbarger, a Marine rifleman who fought in Fallujah, in a new documentary released on YouTube called “The November War.” Read more
War has changed a lot over the centuries, but one thing that hasn’t altered is its spirit. War is bloody and brutal, fought from the cold, muddy trenches, won and lost by men – and women – miles and miles away from their homes and their families. War is countless lives, extinguished in a heartbeat, buried in mass graves that are often forgotten. Many of those who die in war… their names and their faces are forgotten, too. But occasionally, there are moments on the darkest, bloodiest days that remind us even in war, there is still chivalry, there is still compassion. There is still humanity. Read more
War has changed a lot over the centuries, but one thing that hasn’t altered is its spirit. War is bloody and brutal, fought from the cold, muddy trenches, won and lost by men – and women – miles and miles away from their homes and their families. War is countless lives, extinguished in a heartbeat, buried in mass graves that are often forgotten. Many of those who die in war… their names and their faces are forgotten, too. But occasionally, there are moments on the darkest, bloodiest days that remind us even in war, there is still chivalry, there is still compassion. There is still humanity.