A Salute for A Life of Sacrifice

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A nation’s call. They have inspired us with their sacrifice, honored us with their dedication, and humbled us with their unfathomable courage.

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918, hostilities in World War I ended with the hope that the world could find peace. While that peace was short-lived, Americans’ respect and support for their uniformed veterans was not. Known around the world as Armistice Day for some, Remembrance Day for others, the 11th day of November is set aside to honor all those who have honored us with their service.

A Life of Duty is who they are and what our
nation’s veterans have given, they who have selflessly given more than anyone could ask of them. WE SALUTE YOU.

A Decorated Veteran Speaks Up, Gets the Boot

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Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. He had 19 years of service and experience, and was considered one of the most highly qualified military instructors on Radical Islam & Terrorism.

He taught military students about the situations they would encounter, how to react, about Islamic culture, traditions, and explained the mindset of Islamic extremists. Passing down first hand knowledge and experience, and teaching courses that were suggested (and approved) by the the Joint Forces Staff College. The course “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” ,which was suggested and approved by the Joint Forces Staff College, caught the attention of several Islamic Groups, and they wanted to make an example of him.

They collectively wrote a letter expressing their outrage, and the Pro-Islamic Obama Administration was all too happy to assist. The letter was passed to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Martin Dempsey. Dempsey publicly degraded and reprimanded Dooley, and Dooley received a negative Officer Evaluation Report almost immediately (which he had aced for the past 5 years). He was relieved of teaching duties, and his career has been red-flagged.

“He had a brilliant career ahead of him. Now, he has been flagged.” – Richard Thompson, Thomas More Law Center

“All US military Combatant Commands, Services, the National Guard Bureau, and Joint Chiefs are under Dempsey’s Muslim Brotherhood-dictated order to ensure that henceforth, no US military course will ever again teach truth about Islam that the jihadist enemy finds offensive ,or just too informative.” – Former CIA agent Claire M. Lopez (about Lt. Col Dooley)

The Obama Administration has demonstrated lightning speed to dismiss Military brass that does not conform to it’s agenda, and not surprisingly, nobody is speaking up for Lt. Col. Dooley.

IT’S A SAD DAY FOR THIS COUNTRY WHEN GOOD LOYAL MEN LIKE THIS GET THROWN UNDER THE BUS BECAUSE NOBODY HAS THE COURAGE TO STAND UP!

This story was emailed to me by a Marine veteran. Share this if you would. Lets bring some attention to this.

Do Not Forget Bowe Robert Bergdahl in Captivity in Afghanistan. This is His Story.

Military status and disappearance

Bergdahl is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment4th Brigade Combat Team25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.  He went missing on June 30, 2009.  Since then, the Taliban has released five videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban have demanded $1 million and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl’s release. They have threatened to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui is not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners they want freed are being held at Guantanamo Bay.

At the time of his capture, Bergdahl’s rank was that of Private First Class (E-3). In June 2010, he was promoted to Specialist (E-4) during his absence. On June 17, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (E-5).

Bergdahl is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment4th Brigade Combat Team25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.[4] He went missing on June 30, 2009. Since then, the Taliban has released five videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban have demanded $1 million[5] and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl’s release. They have threatened to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui is not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay.

In the videos,  Bergdahl appeared downcast and frightened.  A Department of Defense statement issued on July 19 confirmed that Bergdahl was declared “missing/whereabouts unknown” on July 1, and his status was changed to “missing/captured” on July 3.

In the 28-minute video his captors hold up his dog tags to establish the captured man is Bergdahl.  Bergdahl gives the date as July 14 and mentions an attack which occurred that day.

Accounts of his capture differ. The version offered by Bergdahl, in the video, is that he was captured when he fell behind on a patrol.  CNN, in its report, cites both Taliban and U.S. military sources, the former alleging he was ambushed after becoming drunk off base, and the latter denying that claim stating: “The Taliban are known for lying and what they are claiming (is) not true.”

A Department of Defense spokesperson, Lieutenant Commander Christine Sidenstricker, said, “I’m glad to see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video. They are exploiting the soldier in violation of international law.”

According to the Associated PressGeneral Nabi Mullakheil of the Afghan National Police said the capture occurred in Paktika Province. Their other sources inform them that he was captured by a Taliban group led by Maulvi Sangin, who has moved him to Ghazni ProvinceThe Guardian quoted sources who speculated about the increased difficulty of a rescue mission if Bergdahl had been smuggled across the nearby border into Pakistan.

CNN described two Pashto-language leaflets the U.S. military was distributing in seeking Bergdahl.  One showed a smiling GI shaking hands with Afghan children, with a caption that called him a guest in Afghanistan. The other showed a door being broken down, and threatened that those holding Bergdahl would be hunted down.

In December 2009,  five months after Bergdahl’s disappearance, the media arm of the Afghan Taliban announced the release of a new video of  “a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan,” titled “One of Their People Testified.” In the announcement the Taliban did not name the American, but the only U.S. soldier known to be in captivity is Bergdahl.

U.S. military officials have been searching for Bergdahl, but it is not publicly known whether he is even being held in Afghanistan or in neighboring Pakistan, an area off-limits to U.S. forces based in Afghanistan.

On December 25, another video was released that features Bergdahl in a combat uniform and helmet.  He describes his place of birth, deployment to Afghanistan and subsequent capture. He then makes several statements regarding his humane treatment by his captors, contrasting this to the abuses suffered by insurgents in prisons. He finishes by saying that America should not be in Afghanistan and that it is just another Vietnam.

On April 7, 2010, the Taliban released a third video of Bergdahl, now with a full head of hair and a beard, pleading for the release of Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo and Bagram.

In November 2010, Bergdahl appeared briefly in a fourth video.

In May 2011, Bergdahl appeared briefly in a fifth video.

In December 2011, it was reported that Bergdahl tried to escape three months earlier but was recaptured after three days.

Threat of reprisal

On February 4, 2010, the Afghan Taliban demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who was convicted by a U.S. court on charges of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and threatened to execute Bergdahl if their demand was not met. The Taliban claimed that members of Siddiqui’s family had requested their assistance.

Reports of joining the Taliban

Fox News reported in August 2010 that a Taliban commander named Haji Nadeem said Bergdahl was helping to train the Taliban in bomb making and infantry tactics. The Pentagon dismissed the reports as Taliban propaganda.

Pentagon refutes Taliban propaganda

NBC’s chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski spoke to military and intelligence officials about the story, and they tell him the report is far from credible, and to consider the source — a Taliban commander by the name of Haji Nadeem.

“They immediately poked holes in it by pointing out that Nadeem said when Bergdahl was captured after walking away from his combat outpost, for whatever reason, that when the Taliban took him into custody they made him take off all his clothes and his body armor for fear that there was a GPS locator implanted in either the armor or his clothing. But the fact of the matter is Bowe left the base with nothing more than a compass and a bottle of water. He left his weapon and his body armor behind, so the story already doesn’t hold much water from the get-go. And the fact that the source of the information is actually a Taliban commander of sorts indicates it is nothing more than pure propaganda.”

Miklaszewski says the military continues to focus on Bergdahl’s safe return.

A spokesman for Bowe Robert Bergdahl’s family says the family has no comment

In conclusion

Since we do not know the truth about our soldier in captivity; we can only assume he is trying to stay alive until he is rescued. If this story were to gain traction with the national news media it would go far in keeping him alive. Every American citizen should be writing, calling, and emailing their state senator, and congressperson for the release of this young soldier. If it were your brother, son, boyfriend, or husband you would not stop until you were sure your loved one was safe.

It is up to you to help Bowe because clearly he can not help himself at this time. Please pray for the safe return of Bowe Robert Bergdahl, and share this story. It is the least you can do for one of our men who went to fight for your country.

 

 

A Rare Class of Heroism: Roy P. Benevidez, May 2, 1968

 

“If the story of his heroism were a movie script you would not believe it” President Ronald Reagan said of Roy P. Benevidez

Roy P. Benevidez son of a Texas sharecrop holder was orphaned at 10 years old. A seventh grade drop out who constantly suffered the humiliating taunting as a “dumb Mexican” later became a rare class of warrior. He was awarded the Medal Of Honor.

On May 2,1968. 13:30, Loc, ninh a Green Beret outpost screams for help from a nearby shortwave radio  “Get us out of here,  for God’s sake help” It was a twelve man patrol that was completely surrounded by a North Vietnamese battalion.

Armed with only a knife and a medic bag Benevidez jumped into a helicopter with a three man crew to rescue his comrades.

The enemy was too numerous for the helicopter to evacuate the soldiers. Hovering at 10 feet and seventy five yards from the battle Roy jumps. Almost immediately he was shot, but he got up and kept moving. A grenade later got him.  Shrapnel tearing into his face and neck.  He reached the mens position. There he found four dead and the rest badly wounded. Wounded himself he bagan treating the wounded, calling in air strikes, and distribute ammunition. He was shot again. Ordering the helicopter closer he dragged the dead and the wounded aboard then ran back to retrieve classified documents. He was shot in the stomach, grenade fragments cut into his back but he got back up and kept moving making it back to the helicopter. Upon take off the pilot was shot and the helicopter so they didn’t make it quite off the ground before it came crashing back down.

Unbelievably Benevidez pulled the wounded from the wreckage creating a defensive perimeter he called in air strikes and another helicopter comes. He kept fighting until air support arrived. Enemy fire raked the perimeter. Benevidez repeatedly exposed himself to small arms fire, instructing the wounded to continue fighting. Benevidez was shot several more times. A second helicopter lands and Benevidez loads the wounded. While he is doing so he is charged on by a Vietnamese soldier who clubs him and stabs him with his bayonet. With a broken jaw, Bayonet wounds in both arms and multiple gun shot wounds Benevidez pulls the knife out of his body and KILLS his attacker. As Benevidez dragged the last wounded American to the chopper, he saw two enemy soldiers charge out of the jungle. He grabbed a nearby rifle and shot them both dead. Only after all the wounded were on the chopper did he let others pull in aboard. Blood poured from the chopper. Benevidez holding his intestines in with his hands the 20 minute ride back to base. At Loch Ninh he was put on triage and placed alongside the dead. He had done all he could that day.

Let’s never forget Roy P. Benevidez; a 32 year old Texas son who had just performed one of the most heroic acts of the Vietnam War, All eight men rescued that day lived. It took 13 years for Master Sargent Roy P. Benevidez to receive the Medal of Honor. In an unprecedented act of military honor the United States Navy names one of its ships after an army Sargent Roy P. Benevidez

Today the U.S  Special Forces has a phrase they use over the radio when a fight is going bad and courage needs to be summoned they call out “Tango, Mike, Mike” “Tango. Mike, Mike”  that was Roy’s radio call sign

More on Roy P. Benevidez

Roy did not die from his wounds click here

Special thank you to Warren Johnson who asked me to write memorial to his friend. It was a great and deep honor for me.