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‘Gunny’ salutes the insurgents!

March 2, 2010

Read below pic before making judgment on ‘The Finger’ gesture and you’ll understand…. THIS NEEDS TO KEEP GOING!

Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt signals his defiance after being struck by an IED Monday Sept. 19, 2005 near Ramadi, Iraq.  The Marine refused to be carried away on a stretcher and walked under his own power to a waiting Medi-Vac.  Attending to the marine was Nebraska 167 CAV members Spc. John Adams (far left in front) and PFC. Darin Nelson of Fremont Neb.  Burghardt is an EOD with the United States Marine Corps.  (Staff photo by Jeff Bundy/the Omaha World-Herald)

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.

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YOU BET I AM!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR TROOPS

IN GOD WE TRUST!

WISDOM FOR PILOTS AND SOLDIERS FROM MILITARY MANUALS

December 7, 2009

‘If the enemy is in range, so are you.’

– Infantry Journal
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‘It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.’

– U.S. Air Force Manual
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‘Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.’

– General Mac Arthur
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‘You, you, and you .. Panic. The rest of you, come with me.’

– U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery SGT.
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‘Tracers work both ways.’

– U.S. Army Ordnance
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‘Five second fuses only last three seconds.’

– Infantry Journal

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‘Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.’

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‘Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.’ – Unknown Marine Recruit

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‘If you see a bomb technician running, follow him.’

– USAF Ammo Troop

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‘Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.’

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‘You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.’

– Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)

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‘The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.’

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‘If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a helicopter — and therefore, unsafe.’

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‘When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.’

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‘Even with ammunition, the USAF is just another expensive flying club.’

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‘What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, … The pilot dies.’

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‘Never trade luck for skill.’

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The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: ‘Why is it doing that?’, ‘Where are we?’ And ‘Oh S…!’

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‘Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.’

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‘Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!’

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‘Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.’

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‘The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.’

– Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

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‘There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.’

– Sign over squadron OPS desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970

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‘If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.’

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‘You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.’

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As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks ‘What happened?’.
The pilot’s reply: ‘I don’t know, I just got here myself!’

– Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)


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