He was a farm boy and just 21 years old....

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  1. Just_A_Mom

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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Just hope he remembers the hero he recognized this time.... don't want a repeat of 10th Mountain.
     
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    What an amazing story! Heard him interviewed on the news today.
    One part of his story had me wondering though:
    The forward team called for air support that wasn't coming.
    "We had requested to go in three times before this and we were told no by the leadership in there," Meyer said.
    Meyer and another Marine, Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, who received the Navy Cross for his actions that day, decided "we might as well go in there and help them," Meyer said.
    "My brothers were there getting killed," Meyer said. "They were in under heavy fire and I knew I could go in there and help do something. I wasn't going to sit back and just watch it."
    They jumped into an armored Humvee, and headed into battle with Chavez at the wheel and Meyer at the gun turret.


    Would their decision to go in anyway and take a Humvee been considered disobeying orders?
    Just thought that that might have been an issue with the leadership that he referred to even though their actions saved many lives.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    It's an amazing story.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    I saw an interview of him too, and what struck me the most was he was told by a Marine recruiter that he wouldn't cut it as a Marine!

    Can you imagine if he listened to that recruiter, and folded in the towel. As many of us tell posters, you will never know if you will make it unless you try.
     
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    "And now.....The rest of the story." (apologies to Paul Harvey)

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2...nson-report-ganjgal-hero-recommended-091411w/
     
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    Captain Swenson deserves his MOH but he would probably tell them to stck it. I hadn't seen this story before. Thanks for posting it. Paul Harvey would probably be proud that you used his famous quote. Stupid "ROE" costs lives.
     

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