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Cant keep him down

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by David Tarantino, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Nov 29, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    David Tarantino

    David Tarantino [OP] Well-Known Member

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    AWESOME!!! Read below pic before making judgment on 'The Finger' gesture and you'll understand....
    THIS NEEDS TO KEEP GOING.
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    Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq . He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.
    Then, on September 19, he got blown up... He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines.. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater.
    The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground. 'I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.' Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet 'A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me...' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.'
    His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there 'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt. 'I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that... They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. 'I flipped them one.. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week.'
    Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.
    Sgt Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.
    Are you proud enough to send this on ?
     
  2. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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    Incognito

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    This is the kind of stuff that picks me up when I loose faith in this country!
     
  3. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:01 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Pic fixed.

    Thanks Dave!! :)
     
  4. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:02 PM
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    Awesome story. That's funny. My first thought after reading the title was oh man this guy took some viagra.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:03 PM
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    The pic isn't working for me.
    I don't see anything worng with what happened. I think anyone in that situation would have done the same thing
     
  6. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:03 PM
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    David Tarantino

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    :eek: thank you
     
  7. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    I liked it. Great post!
     
  8. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    mntbiker2008

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    damn... that is one tough sob. props to him! im gonna try and find said pics...
     
  9. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    Wow, this shit is awesome. I wonder what the guy looked like when he realized the guy got up and walked away. That is a tough dude. That shit makes me thankful for all those guys over seas
     
  10. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    That's awesome....Good for the Gunny!!
     
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