My hats off to these "guys" fighting for their lives, over the holiday, in Iraq and Afghanistan. What a story as told in "One Marines View" blog about a firefight in Afghanistan. What started out to be an ambush of a Marine patrol, turned into a fight with the junkyard dog and some bad guys paying the ultimate price.
"During the battle, the designated marksman single handily thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machine gun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn't miss any shots, despite the enemies' rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position." '"I was in my own little world,"' the young corporal said. '"I wasn't even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target."
This story reminds me of desperate times the Marines had at Guadalcanal, of the tough fights where ones self is lost in the second by second fight for survival. My thanks to those few reporting such heroism. As the Marine says:
Hats off to all those in "Harms Way".