Its like a punch in the face…you just never quite get used to it.
I’ve got a list as long as my arm of names of brothers who have taken their lives. Another has fallen less than 24hrs ago.
This has to stop!!! I don’t give a flying fack what the government statistics say. Our troops are killing themselves at an alarming rate.
I’m pleading with all of you, 1) call your buddies and let them know they aren’t alone
2) make our governments aware that this shit has to be dealt with.
I will not stop until the loss of lives stops. Their memory lives through us.
Because we have quite a few Vietnam Vets.
On the 8th of Nov 1965 the 173rd Airborne was attacked by a larger 1200 man force of Viet-Cong soldiers. The 173rd took huge losses.
Severely wounded and risking his own life, a medic, Lawrence Joll, saved countless lives while under heavy fire. Returning into the killzone many times to retrieve wounded commrades.
Lawrence Joll was the first living black man since the Spanish-American War to receive the United States Medal of Honor for savin’ so many lives in the midst of battle that day.
Military Minds salutes Lawrence Joll, the 173rd Airborne and all Vietnam Vets.
Today, October 3rd, is the 21st anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu. It was the inspiration for several books, and later a film, Blackhawk Down. 18 American servicemen fell, and 73 were wounded. 2 Posthumous Medals of Honor were awarded to MSG Gary Ivan Gordon, 33, and SFC Randy Shughart, 35, who died protecting the crew and crash site of Blackhawk Super Six-Four. Numerous other decorations were awarded for valor in the aftermath of the battle.
The images of the bodies of Gordon and Shughart being dragged through the streets after the battle provided me, at the tender age of 10, with one of my earliest memories of hate.
The United Nations withdrew on March 3rd of 1994, and the US withdrew from Somalia March 25th of 1994. Take the time today to remember the men and women who stood on the line during times of “peace”. There were many, and they walk among us in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s now. Thank those who are left. Remember those who fell. You will never be forgotten.