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(WTKR)   A former Army staff sergeant will be just the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in repelling an insurgent onslaught in Afghanistan in 2009   (wtkr.com) divider line 95
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2013-01-12 05:10:37 PM  
"Romesha left the Army in 2011 and now lives in Minot, North Dakota."

Training the local militia.
 
2013-01-12 05:43:06 PM  
"They were firing rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft guns and motors "

They were firing motors? With, like, a catapult or...?
 
2013-01-12 06:24:39 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: "Romesha left the Army in 2011 and now lives in Minot, North Dakota."

Smart man he is probably working in the oil fields making some good money, much better than returning to Cedarville where the Job Opportunities are limited to Unemployed and Chomo
 
2013-01-12 06:49:11 PM  
"awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex. "

Why did they build it there?
 
2013-01-12 06:52:25 PM  
Romesha and fellow soldiers awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex.

I think I see the problem with your cunning plan...
 
2013-01-12 06:52:42 PM  

Azlefty: BarkingUnicorn: "Romesha left the Army in 2011 and now lives in Minot, North Dakota."
Smart man he is probably working in the oil fields making some good money, much better than returning to Cedarville where the Job Opportunities are limited to Unemployed and Chomo


Ah, better guess than mine!
 
2013-01-12 07:03:57 PM  
In other news, 77 recipients from Vietnam, Korea and WW2 are downgraded to "dead."

http://www.homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/wall/2living.html
 
2013-01-12 07:16:58 PM  
The only living recipient of the Congressional Medal of...Ugly.
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2013-01-12 07:40:52 PM  
A U.S. military investigation said the outpost was an "attractive target" because protection improvements hadn't been made and intelligence assets had been diverted to assist other combat operations elsewhere.

I'd start with why an outpost was built with close and unguarded high ground apparently all the way around. Kinda a huge please attack me and if you do I'm screwed sign.
 
2013-01-12 08:30:36 PM  

KarmicDisaster: "awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex. "

Why did they build it there?


There's been some really bizarre choices in where the U.S. military has been putting its remote outposts. There was another outpost at Wanat that was attacked in a similar manner by a massive Taliban force, and inflicted significant casualties on the American garrison.

The Army basically justified putting an outpost at Wanat...to protect the outpost at Wanat.
 
2013-01-12 08:58:09 PM  

Speaker2Animals: In other news, 77 recipients from Vietnam, Korea and WW2 are downgraded to "dead."

http://www.homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/wall/2living.html


Thanks, I was just about to look that up. I think they meant that he was the fourth living person to have received the MoH from actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
2013-01-12 09:04:26 PM  

Philbb: Speaker2Animals: In other news, 77 recipients from Vietnam, Korea and WW2 are downgraded to "dead."

http://www.homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/wall/2living.html

Thanks, I was just about to look that up. I think they meant that he was the fourth living person to have received the MoH from actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Actually, just Afghanistan. All the Medals of Honor for service in Iraq have been awarded posthumously.
 
2013-01-12 09:12:25 PM  

Philbb: Speaker2Animals: In other news, 77 recipients from Vietnam, Korea and WW2 are downgraded to "dead."

http://www.homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/wall/2living.html

Thanks, I was just about to look that up. I think they meant that he was the fourth living person to have received the MoH from actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Of course, but that ain't what it says.
 
2013-01-12 09:50:46 PM  

cmunic8r99: Actually, just Afghanistan. All the Medals of Honor for service in Iraq have been awarded posthumously.


I'll take your word on that, but my google search turned up several instances of the article/story which specifically say Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
2013-01-12 10:17:28 PM  

Sgt Otter: KarmicDisaster: "awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex. "

Why did they build it there?

There's been some really bizarre choices in where the U.S. military has been putting its remote outposts. There was another outpost at Wanat that was attacked in a similar manner by a massive Taliban force, and inflicted significant casualties on the American garrison.

The Army basically justified putting an outpost at Wanat...to protect the outpost at Wanat.


They're just emulating George Washington and rebuilt Fort Necessity.
 
2013-01-12 10:41:51 PM  
We have some of the best soldiers in the world. I support them and pray for their safety.
 
2013-01-12 10:43:47 PM  
The joke's on you submitter.

Heroes never die.

On behalf of a grateful nation let me say thank you Sergeant. Well done.
 
2013-01-12 10:48:35 PM  
What this guy is super manly for getting shot at... pshhhhhhhh... my normal day is like 1000 times worse:
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2013-01-12 10:48:48 PM  

Philbb: cmunic8r99: Actually, just Afghanistan. All the Medals of Honor for service in Iraq have been awarded posthumously.

I'll take your word on that, but my google search turned up several instances of the article/story which specifically say Iraq and Afghanistan.


List of Iraq War MoH recipients

Two of the four citiations have the words, "gallantly gave his life for his country". The third says, "During this action, he was mortally wounded." The fourth says, "extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life".
 
2013-01-12 10:52:21 PM  

KarmicDisaster: "awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex. "

Why did they build it there?


Because Army Intelligence? Unintelligence Nointelligence? This does remind me of the scene in Full Metal Jacket, where Joker's commander was like "Pshaw? Why would the VietCong ever think of attacking us on the Tet Holiday?"
 
2013-01-12 10:52:21 PM  
 
2013-01-12 10:57:04 PM  

MerelyFoolish: We have some of the best soldiers in the world. I support them and pray for their safety.



With all the wars that the US has been involved, and also their duration, it would be strange if the US military hadn't learned something about fighting them.
 
2013-01-12 10:57:59 PM  
Right, sure. First Clinton dodges sniper bullets, now Clinton fights off hundreds of insurgents armed with motors?

When will Clinton stop lying to the American people? I mean, shiat, it's years until the next election.

/got nothing
 
2013-01-12 10:58:30 PM  
Thank you Clinton Romesha.
 
2013-01-12 10:58:41 PM  
Meanwhile, MoH (2010), set in the War in Afghanistan, sold 5 million units in about two months during 2011.
 
2013-01-12 11:00:46 PM  
I understand that President Obama, and by an extension, the DoD, want to honor living Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen for their heroism, and I absolutely agree with it.

I have to wonder, though, whether these most recent four received the award because they're alive.  What I mean is, did their being alive, and the government's desire to recognize living service members, contribute to them being presented the Medal of Honor?  I cannot think of a single one of the four who didn't deserve it, there are surely hundreds more who are living and dead who deserve it as well.

I hope to god there wasn't a meeting somewhere in the White House or Pentagon where a bunch of brass is sitting around a table looking through AAR's and medal recommendations and saying "no, not him, we gotta find somebody living, that one guy, Giunta, with the big brass balls, lets go with him and that Marine, Meyer something or other."
 
2013-01-12 11:01:44 PM  

UsikFark: Meanwhile, MoH (2010), set in the War in Afghanistan, sold 5 million units in about two months during 2011.


I LOVED that game!
 
2013-01-12 11:13:49 PM  
Long article from last year asking why the Medal of Honor was much less awarded in Afghanistan/Iraq than Vietnam.
 
2013-01-12 11:18:18 PM  
Visited the Medal Of Honor museum on the Yorktown in Charleston. Spent quite a bit of time reading the citations for the actions. Quite moving.

At that time the most recent were the two Delta snipers in the Mogadishu battle. This is the one for MSG Gordon

"Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fire from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. When Master Sergeant Gordon learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the second crash site, he and another sniper unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After his third request to be inserted, Master Sergeant Gordon received permission to perform his volunteer mission.

When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Master Sergeant Gordon was inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Master Sergeant Gordon immediately pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Master Sergeant Gordon used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers until he depleted his ammunition.

Master Sergeant Gordon then went back to the wreckage, recovering some of the crew's weapons and ammunition. Despite the fact that he was critically low on ammunition, he provided some of it to the dazed pilot and then radioed for help. Master Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, Master Sergeant Gordon returned to the wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck." Then, armed only with his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life.

In total 50 Somalian bodies were found at the location. Master Sergeant Gordon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army."
 
2013-01-12 11:18:20 PM  

vossiewulf: A U.S. military investigation said the outpost was an "attractive target" because protection improvements hadn't been made and intelligence assets had been diverted to assist other combat operations elsewhere.

I'd start with why an outpost was built with close and unguarded high ground apparently all the way around. Kinda a huge please attack me and if you do I'm screwed sign.


You would be surprised by how many of these there are/were. Sometimes military commanders are dumb or it's done for local political reasons. I have been in op's surrounded by 4 ridges and it didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling to be there. This stupidity has led to quite a few casualties.
 
2013-01-12 11:21:14 PM  

KarmicDisaster: "awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex. "

Why did they build it there?


You know exactly where the enemy is, then.
 
2013-01-12 11:22:11 PM  

cmunic8r99: Philbb: cmunic8r99: Actually, just Afghanistan. All the Medals of Honor for service in Iraq have been awarded posthumously.

I'll take your word on that, but my google search turned up several instances of the article/story which specifically say Iraq and Afghanistan.

List of Iraq War MoH recipients

Two of the four citiations have the words, "gallantly gave his life for his country". The third says, "During this action, he was mortally wounded." The fourth says, "extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life".


Thanks for the info. FYI: I'd recommend not using as a reference a place that calls it the "Congressional Medal of Honor" ... it's originally and officially known as the "Medal of Honor" ... some people make an issue of that. And if there's anywhere where people argue semantics, it's Fark.
 
2013-01-12 11:29:47 PM  
Insurgent onslaught? So that's what they're calling defending your home and family from a foreign invading army these days.
 
2013-01-12 11:32:17 PM  

illannoyin: The joke's on you submitter.

Heroes never die.

On behalf of a grateful nation let me say thank you Sergeant. Well done.


Why would you thank somebody for participating in a war of aggression against a country that has never, ever, committed even the slightest act of hostility against us? The guy, along with all our other current war vets, has the morals of a Nazi.
 
2013-01-12 11:34:52 PM  

fusillade762: Romesha and fellow soldiers awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex.

I think I see the problem with your cunning plan...


They built the outpost in a box in the gorund?
 
2013-01-12 11:35:12 PM  
haterade:
You would be surprised by how many of these there are/were. Sometimes military commanders are dumb or it's done for local political reasons. I have been in op's surrounded by 4 ridges and it didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling to be there. This stupidity has led to quite a few casualties.

WTF. I mean this is not rocket science, it's ROCK science. As in guys so far back they were fighting by throwing rocks at each other knew the rock thrower with the high ground was going to win. Sigh.
 
2013-01-12 11:35:51 PM  

DrPainMD: illannoyin: The joke's on you submitter.

Heroes never die.

On behalf of a grateful nation let me say thank you Sergeant. Well done.

Why would you thank somebody for participating in a war of aggression against a country that has never, ever, committed even the slightest act of hostility against us? The guy, along with all our other current war vets, has the morals of a Nazi.



The war isn't against the country doofus.
 
2013-01-12 11:36:18 PM  

JohnCarter: Visited the Medal Of Honor museum on the Yorktown in Charleston. Spent quite a bit of time reading the citations for the actions. Quite moving.

At that time the most recent were the two Delta snipers in the Mogadishu battle. This is the one for MSG Gordon


Holy crap. Amazing.
 
2013-01-12 11:37:34 PM  

Philbb: cmunic8r99: Philbb: cmunic8r99: Actually, just Afghanistan. All the Medals of Honor for service in Iraq have been awarded posthumously.

I'll take your word on that, but my google search turned up several instances of the article/story which specifically say Iraq and Afghanistan.

List of Iraq War MoH recipients

Two of the four citiations have the words, "gallantly gave his life for his country". The third says, "During this action, he was mortally wounded." The fourth says, "extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life".

Thanks for the info. FYI: I'd recommend not using as a reference a place that calls it the "Congressional Medal of Honor" ... it's originally and officially known as the "Medal of Honor" ... some people make an issue of that. And if there's anywhere where people argue semantics, it's Fark.


While you are correct about the official name, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society was established with that name by federal law.

On August 5, 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation sent to him by Congress chartering the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY. The purposes of the organization were clearly spelled out in its charter (which can be found in Title 36 U.S.C., Chapter 33)
 
2013-01-12 11:40:26 PM  

DrPainMD: Why would you thank somebody for participating in a war of aggression against a country that has never, ever, committed even the slightest act of hostility against us? The guy, along with all our other current war vets, has the morals of a Nazi.


Cause thats where the Talib train and are generally located being former Muj or something.
 
2013-01-12 11:47:28 PM  

It's Me Bender: Nazi and Communist soliders fought bravely, too. They weren't heros, either.


Your heart's (sort of) in the right place, but look: we need a standing army, and we sort of need the soldiers in that army to do their jobs well, and without question, under horrific circumstances. There's blame here, no doubt about it - but let's save that for those that order our boys into foolish wars, shall we?
 
2013-01-12 11:50:48 PM  

KarmicDisaster: "awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of their complex. "

Why did they build it there?


Because they were ordered to by brass who didn't have to live and die in that location.

Some of them got letters of reprimand later.
 
2013-01-12 11:52:43 PM  
A former Army staff sergeant who is on record as saying he doesn't want the award will be just the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in repelling an insurgent onslaught against a base that was a sitting duck target and only there because Karzai was up for election and didn't want to appear weak in Afghanistan in 2009

Fixed that for you, Subbs.
 
2013-01-12 11:58:15 PM  

cmunic8r99: Philbb: cmunic8r99: Actually, just Afghanistan. All the Medals of Honor for service in Iraq have been awarded posthumously.

I'll take your word on that, but my google search turned up several instances of the article/story which specifically say Iraq and Afghanistan.

List of Iraq War MoH recipients

Two of the four citiations have the words, "gallantly gave his life for his country". The third says, "During this action, he was mortally wounded." The fourth says, "extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life".


I believe the idea (for awhile now) has been to describe Iraq and Afghanistan as multiple fronts on the Global War on Terror(tm). This goal is/was to get people thinking positively about Iraq (once opinion turned against it) by continuously conflating it with Afghanistan.

// Subtle propaganda, but probably not a bad plan from military brass that don't want Iraq seen as the new Vietnam.
 
2013-01-13 12:04:05 AM  
yes fark those peons. trying to rule themselves. what foolishness. good thing this Hero sorted them out
 
2013-01-13 12:07:27 AM  
Thanks Obama.
 
2013-01-13 12:10:17 AM  
Conservatives will no doubt celebrate his bravery.

www.democraticunderground.com
 
2013-01-13 12:22:44 AM  

cmunic8r99: While you are correct about the official name, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society was established with that name by federal law.

On August 5, 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation sent to him by Congress chartering the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY. The purposes of the organization were clearly spelled out in its charter (which can be found in Title 36 U.S.C., Chapter 33)


Mea culpa. I was not aware of this. I will now leave this thread with my tail between my legs but I will retain this knowledge for the next time I run into someone being as pedantic as I was.
 
2013-01-13 12:23:27 AM  

SoothinglyDeranged: "They were firing rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft guns and motors "

They were firing motors? With, like, a catapult or...?


I pictured comically large bazookas firing V-8's
 
2013-01-13 12:24:36 AM  

moothemagiccow: yes fark those peons. trying to rule themselves. what foolishness. good thing this Hero sorted them out


Actually it's more like thousands of guys worse than that Yeager farkwit in the Youtube video trying to rule their country.

Are you okay with people like Yeager trying to rule themselves here in the US?
 
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