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(WTKR)   Marine explosive ordnance disposal team leader earns Silver Star to go with his giant brass balls for clearing minefield to reach wounded comrade, clearing landing area for medevac chopper, then clearing 5 more IEDs under fire for his men to escape   (wtkr.com) divider line 48
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2013-05-04 12:52:38 PM  
That's why he's called a Marine.
 
2013-05-04 02:22:12 PM  
ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?
 
2013-05-04 03:13:58 PM  
Oo-Ra!

Leave no Marine behind.
 
2013-05-04 03:56:21 PM  
Pff, when I was in the Core I did stuff like that all the time.
 
2013-05-04 04:04:05 PM  
Silver Star? That's it.....
 
2013-05-04 04:05:55 PM  

namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?


I hate how cheap they are with awards these days.
I read that and thought if you risk your life that many times you should probably get more than a Silver Star. That's Navy Cross work at least. I knew a guy who ran out under incoming indirect fire to tourniquet a guy saving his life and his legs and he got an Army Achievement Medal. You're not even supposed to get AAMs for combat stuff.
 
2013-05-04 04:06:36 PM  
I think this might be the guy.
static.giantbomb.com
 
2013-05-04 04:11:01 PM  
Eh, I don't know. Drone pilots do more for the greater cause, and should be recognized appropriately.
 
2013-05-04 04:12:21 PM  
Yeah, well I fought for the Vietcong in two wars and all I got was a lousy pair of silk pajamas.
 
2013-05-04 04:17:04 PM  

Ivandrago: namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?

I hate how cheap they are with awards these days.
I read that and thought if you risk your life that many times you should probably get more than a Silver Star. That's Navy Cross work at least. I knew a guy who ran out under incoming indirect fire to tourniquet a guy saving his life and his legs and he got an Army Achievement Medal. You're not even supposed to get AAMs for combat stuff.


I'm sure part of that is politics that haven't changed since the rise of mass media (probably around the civil war): you can't have a Medal of Honor or Navy Cross winner questing the war.  Could you imagine the scene in Forest Gump protesting the Viet Nam war changed to having the Marines correctly saluting the MoH-bearing protestor as he walks by?  This is largely avoided by being "dead man's medal", you don't have to worry about them doing anything not already in the record.
 
2013-05-04 04:19:22 PM  
Semper Fidelis indeed.

/Chesty would be proud
 
2013-05-04 04:25:29 PM  
Hero tag?

/oblig
 
2013-05-04 04:29:08 PM  
Only a silver star? Now we know we're facing medal deflation....

/nyuk nyuk nyuk
//badum tsshhh....
 
2013-05-04 04:31:46 PM  
Headline only begins to describe what the guy did. Needs a combo of the Hero, Cool, and Spiffy tags, and possibly Repeat because he's not even retiring from active duty.
 
2013-05-04 04:38:29 PM  
All in a day's work for your typical Marine!
Bravo Zulu, Marine
 
2013-05-04 04:38:40 PM  
EOD techs are often screwed on awards and decorations. I don't know if it's the nature of the job or the political games that are involved in the awards system.

As a young EOD tech in the Air Force I was submitted for an Army Commendation Medal for chemical operation I worked with Tech Escort. When the awarded filtered over to the Air Force side of the house it was sent back for a downgrade to an Army Achievement Medal by a paper pusher, because of my rank at the time (E-4). That's a fairly common occurrence, and this Marine was most likely submitted for a higher award in the initial package.

This weekend is annual EOD memorial ceremony, they are adding 11 names to the wall this year and have added 121 names since 9/11. A total of 298 names have been placed on the EOD memorial wall since its inception in 1942, to give you some idea of the scope of EOD losses over the last 12 years. And those are just the active duty techs, I have lost many brave brothers and sisters working in Iraq and Afghanistan cleaning up excess unexploded ordnance or acting as trainers and consultants.

If you are interested in learning more you can check out the EOD memorial website:  http://www.eodmemorial.org/

A bit on Facebook about the ceremony this weekend:  http://tinyurl.com/d5ef3ev
 
2013-05-04 04:39:15 PM  
fark landmines.
 
2013-05-04 04:39:31 PM  
His mentor Sgt Pate is on the wall at the EOD Memorial, which is being honored this very weekend (always first weekend in May).  We remember.
 
2013-05-04 04:42:11 PM  
It is interesting to see how the citations for Medals of Honor have changed over the years. I recently read through some of the MOH citations from the early 20th century.
Not too diminish what those guys did, because it is surely more than I ever will, but a lot of them were for things like "decisive leadership in battle". As in that was pretty much the entire citation. Today, that would probably get you a Navy Commendation Medal. (Much, much, lower, as in you can also get them for superior administrative work)
I guess it just shows that those who do get anything near MOH level today truly are amazing heroes with enormous brass balls.
 
2013-05-04 04:44:01 PM  

spelletrader: EOD techs are often screwed on awards and decorations. I don't know if it's the nature of the job or the political games that are involved in the awards system.

As a young EOD tech in the Air Force I was submitted for an Army Commendation Medal for chemical operation I worked with Tech Escort. When the awarded filtered over to the Air Force side of the house it was sent back for a downgrade to an Army Achievement Medal by a paper pusher, because of my rank at the time (E-4). That's a fairly common occurrence, and this Marine was most likely submitted for a higher award in the initial package.

This weekend is annual EOD memorial ceremony, they are adding 11 names to the wall this year and have added 121 names since 9/11. A total of 298 names have been placed on the EOD memorial wall since its inception in 1942, to give you some idea of the scope of EOD losses over the last 12 years. And those are just the active duty techs, I have lost many brave brothers and sisters working in Iraq and Afghanistan cleaning up excess unexploded ordnance or acting as trainers and consultants.

If you are interested in learning more you can check out the EOD memorial website:  http://www.eodmemorial.org/

A bit on Facebook about the ceremony this weekend:  http://tinyurl.com/d5ef3ev


Not a CSB. But it is a CSB Seriously!
Thanks for doing that.
 
2013-05-04 05:17:30 PM  
This is why a team is never balanced without mechanics.
 
2013-05-04 05:23:45 PM  

Absurdity: I guess it just shows that those who do get anything near MOH level today truly are amazing heroes with enormous brass balls.


Unhdoubtedly, the men and women earning Medals of Honor this day are doing acts which the term "heroic" simply cannot describe. These are servicemembers who under intense fire, often numerous wounds to themselves, have repelled attacks near singlehandedly and retrieved mates who would otherwise have died or been taken hostage. What was the first living recipient of these wars? Wounded by shrapnel, disobeying orders, killing several insurgents, retrieving living men and women, and retrieving bodies after hours of fighting? The one after him was shot in both of his legs, dragged a friend to safety in the midst of a courtyard firefight, and threw back a grenade only to lose an arm and continue fighting after applying his own tourniquet?

Way I figure, the President should grant you three wishes for such acts.
 
2013-05-04 05:37:09 PM  
I hope the silver star is a higher rank medal than the drone pilot one

/I don't know medal rankings that well
//big congrats to that crazy summabiatch
 
2013-05-04 05:37:50 PM  
The bravery and courage is undisputed, but the medal is largely a function of your recommending officer's ability to write and who in that chain of command wants to be noticed.

/Semper Fi indeed Marine
 
2013-05-04 05:46:56 PM  

namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?


THIS.
 
2013-05-04 06:02:32 PM  
He should not have to pay taxes again. Ever.
 
2013-05-04 06:12:58 PM  

Vangor: Absurdity: I guess it just shows that those who do get anything near MOH level today truly are amazing heroes with enormous brass balls.

Unhdoubtedly, the men and women earning Medals of Honor this day are doing acts which the term "heroic" simply cannot describe. These are servicemembers who under intense fire, often numerous wounds to themselves, have repelled attacks near singlehandedly and retrieved mates who would otherwise have died or been taken hostage. What was the first living recipient of these wars? Wounded by shrapnel, disobeying orders, killing several insurgents, retrieving living men and women, and retrieving bodies after hours of fighting? The one after him was shot in both of his legs, dragged a friend to safety in the midst of a courtyard firefight, and threw back a grenade only to lose an arm and continue fighting after applying his own tourniquet?

Way I figure, the President should grant you three wishes for such acts.


Only one woman has earned the MoH...and she died in 1919.
 
2013-05-04 06:17:15 PM  

ramblinwreck: Only one woman has earned the MoH...and she died in 1919.


The term I used was "earning", being specific to the fact servicemen and servicewomen are currently in positions which may earn them. Nothing stops others to follow in the footsteps of Mary Walker, we've simply not allowed women into the positions which would be suggested for the Medal of Honor until extremely recently. I am well aware of the disproportionate amount of men earning the Medal of Honor compared to women.
 
2013-05-04 06:32:48 PM  
Sorry, not a hero.
Not sure why, but someone will come along soon and tell us why.
 
2013-05-04 07:24:34 PM  
Look the guy's a hero. But spitting dip is no way to clear an IED. There's tools. There's procedures.

Poo-ting! Boom! Poo-ting! Boom!

/Just when you think the Marines have proven how tough they are,  another one comes along and makes them all ladies.
 
2013-05-04 07:38:24 PM  

Vangor: Absurdity: I guess it just shows that those who do get anything near MOH level today truly are amazing heroes with enormous brass balls.

Unhdoubtedly, the men and women earning Medals of Honor this day are doing acts which the term "heroic" simply cannot describe. These are servicemembers who under intense fire, often numerous wounds to themselves, have repelled attacks near singlehandedly and retrieved mates who would otherwise have died or been taken hostage. What was the first living recipient of these wars? Wounded by shrapnel, disobeying orders, killing several insurgents, retrieving living men and women, and retrieving bodies after hours of fighting? The one after him was shot in both of his legs, dragged a friend to safety in the midst of a courtyard firefight, and threw back a grenade only to lose an arm and continue fighting after applying his own tourniquet?

Way I figure, the President should grant you three wishes for such acts.


Hell, why not?
 
2013-05-04 07:41:32 PM  
I'm sure the usual crowd will be in here shortly to sh*t all over the thread splitting hairs over the definition of "hero" or "bravery".

Either way you slice it, these guys must have nerves of steel to do these sorts of things. I may not agree with why we're over there, but that's another discussion.
 
2013-05-04 08:23:03 PM  

namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?


Yeah, only a Silver Star?
This would be DSC territory in the Army.
 
2013-05-04 08:38:33 PM  
Marine Balls
www.peoplejam.com

Obama

www.ihatethemedia.com
 
2013-05-04 08:42:05 PM  
My brother is a Corpsman (Navy medic assigned exclusively to wounded Marines) and even he was moved by this piece. Whether you support this occupation or not, you should be glad we have a bunch of guys like this man willing to go the distance and beyond for our country, who dont even think twice before laying their lives on the line. I think these wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were bullshiat to begin with, but the enlisted who were there before this shiatstorm reallly didnt have a choice. Hearing stories like these inspires confidence for me in the military in general, no matter how stupid this occupation might seem to me.

If we were ever having to deal with a ground war in our country, no mattter how unlikely, Im grateful for jarheads like these who would stop at nothing to secure our safety. Im as liberal as it gets but I feel nothing but love when I hear stuff like this. Thank you to the men and women who serve our country. Fuhk the naysayers, you have a great many American supporting your moves, on both sides of the political spectrum.
 
2013-05-04 09:25:56 PM  

namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?


Likely because that's his job. if it had been a medical technician, for example, we'd likely be discussing his MoH.
 
2013-05-04 09:37:55 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: Marine Balls
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Obama

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You

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2013-05-04 09:46:58 PM  

Begoggle: Sorry, not a hero.
Not sure why, but someone will come along soon and tell us why.


If they do, let me know. I'll have to come back and hit them.
 
2013-05-04 10:17:40 PM  

Ivandrago: namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?

I hate how cheap they are with awards these days.
I read that and thought if you risk your life that many times you should probably get more than a Silver Star. That's Navy Cross work at least. I knew a guy who ran out under incoming indirect fire to tourniquet a guy saving his life and his legs and he got an Army Achievement Medal. You're not even supposed to get AAMs for combat stuff.


I think it's because the brass today has never actually been in a fighting war.
 
2013-05-04 10:57:08 PM  

namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh

I guess he can be put in later?


He's an enlisted man who spends time outside the wire. The real decorations are reserved for officers who sit around making Power Point presentations on the FOB.

I wish I were just being snarky here, but it's true. Your visibility to the brass is the primary factor determining your eligibility for awards. Nobody is less visible to the brass than the grunts, and nobody is more visible to the brass than the brass. It's extremely commonplace for an award to be downgraded or denied outright because of the soldier's low rank.
 
2013-05-04 11:05:15 PM  
It should be upgraded to a Navy Cross, I'd bet that is what he was put in for then was pencil-whipped to Silver Star ( not to  disparage that award). It's kinda funny that guy looks like a Ridgeway I served with in the Marines, a LOT like him so wonder if they are related. And we were both ordnance so who knows.

/deployed a few times to Chocolate Mountains Bombing Range with EOD while in the Core in early 80's
//a lot of those guys were missing fingers
 
2013-05-05 12:02:49 AM  
ONLY the Silver Star?

I'd have given him the Medal of Honor. Maybe two. Possibly a couple of promotions. Shaken his hand and bought him a big bottle of booze.
 
2013-05-05 12:08:35 AM  
Semper fi, Marine

/oorah
//yut
 
2013-05-05 12:32:01 AM  

Molavian: Ivandrago: namatad: ONLY a silver star?
ONLY?

how is this not a navy cross or medal of honor?
sheeeshhhhhh 

I guess he can be put in later?

I hate how cheap they are with awards these days.
I read that and thought if you risk your life that many times you should probably get more than a Silver Star. That's Navy Cross work at least. I knew a guy who ran out under incoming indirect fire to tourniquet a guy saving his life and his legs and he got an Army Achievement Medal. You're not even supposed to get AAMs for combat stuff.

I think it's because the brass today has never actually been in a fighting war.


Those who declare wars should be the ones on the front lines. Hell, it's rare to have political families in combat these days, just one more reason why modern politics sucks and modern politicians have zero connection to their constituents.
 
2013-05-05 01:03:25 AM  
www.specialforcesroh.com

Mike Vining would approve.
 
2013-05-05 01:09:13 AM  

Ivandrago: I hate how cheap they are with awards these days.
I read that and thought if you risk your life that many times you should probably get more than a Silver Star.



I dunno. Back in the olden days, you got shot anywhere on your body, and that limb was coming off with a hacksaw and there was no morphine and you'd probably bleed out anyway if gangrene didn't get your first.

Now, you can get prosthetic that let you run faster than your real legs or give you the bone crushing power of a regular hand, and it's brain controlled not just a hook.

Not to mention the scale of warfare is decreased. Back in the day, you got the medal of honor because you were fighting off 100s of guys at a time with all the recon power of sending the smallest guy up the tallest tree with a pair of binoculars. Now we have overwatch for the overwatchers and anyone with a working voicebox can call in close air support from anywhere at any time.

Still impressive, but maybe there's a reason you get less medals these days.
 
2013-05-05 01:28:58 AM  

zarberg: it's rare to have political families in combat these days


Guns put a stop to that.

The reason knights were the heavy infantry and the political upper caste is because ONLY the political upper caste could afford the equipment, animals, and training to be a knight.
 
2013-05-05 11:44:23 AM  

Absurdity: It is interesting to see how the citations for Medals of Honor have changed over the years. I recently read through some of the MOH citations from the early 20th century.
Not too diminish what those guys did, because it is surely more than I ever will, but a lot of them were for things like "decisive leadership in battle". As in that was pretty much the entire citation. Today, that would probably get you a Navy Commendation Medal. (Much, much, lower, as in you can also get them for superior administrative work)
I guess it just shows that those who do get anything near MOH level today truly are amazing heroes with enormous brass balls.


Well, before World War I, the Medal of Honor was the only US military decoration.  Anything that would be a medal for valor now was a MoH then.

The US was VERY reluctant to create a system of military decorations, they thought it would be too close to being like European aristocracy.

It was during World War I the need for a more elaborate system of recognizing valor came about, and the creation of awards like the Service Crosses, the Silver and Bronze Star, ect.  The Purple Heart was revived at this time (originally being an award given by George Washington during the revolution, awarded only a few times then scrapped), and the Purple Heart was changed to it's current meaning instead of being just a general medal of merit.

Then, with the modern standards for the MoH created, the military went through and started retroactively revoking historic MoH's that were completely frivolous or unwarranted.  They didn't go back through and re-weigh combat valor, as long as it was for actual combat valor by a US servicemember.

Some awards of the MoH were truly absurd, like during the Civil War when the Medal of Honor was used as a re-enlistment incentive (one specific Regiment offered a MoH if you re-upped).  In other cases it was given out to non-military personnel as a general-purpose award, or to 29 soldiers who served as the Funeral Guard detail for President Lincoln's detail, or for Buffalo Bill Cody being a civilian contractor scout during the Indian wars.

The case of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a very special case.  During the Civil War, she wanted to be a U.S. Army Medical Officer.  However, women weren't allowed in the Army, so she couldn't join.  She personally petitioned President Lincoln, who also refused her request.  So, she joined up as a civilian contractor, and went into battle alongside the Union Army, tending to wounds at multiple battles, being captured by the Confederacy and held as a spy (they refused to treat her as a POW, believing that as a woman she couldn't be a soldier or doctor and could only be a spy), and eventually released her as part of a prisoner exchange with the Union. . .where she promptly returned to the front lines until the end of the war.  She was personally recommended for the MoH by General Sherman, and it was awarded by President Andrew Johnson after the war.

The military commission reviewing MoH's retroactively rescinded her award in 1916 and demanded she return her MoH, on the grounds that it was awarded for acts undertaken as a civilian, since she was not actually in the US Army.  She refused to return the medal, and wore it until he dying day (3 years later in 1919).  It was posthumously reinstated by President Carter in 1977, again making her the only female recipient of the MoH (and technically the only valid civilian recipient, I was always surprised he didn't give her a posthumous commission as a U.S. Army medical officer too, since she'd requested it).
 
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