Christmas eve in Iraq
SUBMITTED BY Steve Nowicki, former Berea Ohio police officer now serving in Iraq (left side of picture in red shirt). "We had our Christmas Eve in a bunker, not because we were under attack, it was just a good spot to be. We strung some Christmas lights, added a few modified tables, hung blankets on the openings, added a few space heaters, and had some good snack food. It was pretty warm and festive! We named the place the "Incoming Bar" after what they yell into the PA during attacks from incoming mortar or rockets. We had a great time! Everybody have a merry Christmas!!"
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Added: December 25, 2007, 7:46 am
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USS Cole (DDG 67) departing Mina Salman Bahrain in early October, after its first port visit in U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of operations (AOO) since the guided-missile destroyer was attacked in the Gulf of Aden claiming the lives of 17 Sailors in October 2000.
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Added: December 28, 2007, 1:40 pm
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This picture was sent to us from Alfred Dancy. This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood Texas. The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. Kalat was so grateful for the Americans liberation of his country he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors. Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months. To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. Do you know why we don't hear about this in the news? Because it is heart warming and praise worthy. The media avoids it because it does not have the shock effect. But we can do something about it. We can tell the story about this picture to as many people as we can in honor of all our brave military who are making a difference.
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Added: January 11, 2008, 4:52 pm
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One Fingered Salute
Last September 19 Sergeant Michael Burghardt was on his third tour of duty in Iraq. During his second tour he too had been awarded the Bronze Star for disabling an astonishing 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance. Four American soldiers had just been ambushed and killed there, and Sergeant Burghardt, part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team supporting the 2nd Brigade 28th Infantry Division (Pennsylvania Army National Guard), was ordered to help sweep the area for the kind of secondary explosives the Islamist terrorists often planted to kill soldiers reacting to a first bomb or ambush. Along the area’s evacuation route, Burghardt noticed an odd piece of shrapnel in an eight-foot wide crater five feet deep. He jumped into the hole wearing only a flak jacket and helmet, not the bulky protective suit designed for those in bomb disposal. “You can’t react to any sniper fire” in that suit, he told a reporter, “and you get tunnel vision.” Inside the crater he saw a glint of telltale orange plastic covering a Senao base station. He quickly cut the wire leading from it, his hand following it to uncover two buried 122 millimeter cannon shells that had been rigged to explode. What Burghardt saw too late was another wire leading between his legs to a third such cannon shell. A distant terrorist, probably watching through binoculars, triggered it by remote control. The explosion hurled Sargeant Burghardt’s body 10 feet into the air. His limp frame came smashing down, face first, on the roadway. As fellow soldiers rushed toward the limp body of Sargeant Burghardt, whom they knew as “Iron Mike,” he was awake. While still in the air, he had thought “I don’t believe they got me” and was already feeling “ticked off they were able to do it.” After hitting the ground, Burghardt was unable to feel anything from the waist down. “I was lying there thinking I didn’t want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad,” Burghardt remembered, “and for him to see me like that.” Around his body, his fellow soldiers looked down at his shredded uniform. After the gigantic explosion, they were amazed he still had legs and was clearly alive. They quickly began cutting off what remained of his pants. “I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down,” the Sargeant remembered. “Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, ‘Good, I’m in business.” Medics arrived with a stretcher, but Burghardt had other ideas. “I decided to walk to the helicopter,” he said. “I wasn’t going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.” And he wanted to send a message to the cowardly terrorist still probably watching from afar. He stood, then raised a one-fingered salute of defiance toward this bomb and all insurgents. That’s when this picture was taken. Among those attending to the Marine are Spc. John Adams (far left in front) and Pfc. Darin Nelson.
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Added: April 23, 2008, 9:20 am
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First commissioned in in 1944, this battleship now sits in the Norfolk harbor as a museum. BB64 last served in Operation Desert Storm. She has nine 16 inch guns, twelve 5 inch guns, 32 Tomahawk missiles, and weighs 57,500 tons.
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Added: September 2, 2008, 8:21 am
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CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE. The son of a very good friend of mine, Corporal Swaffield stands (second from right holding glass) with other Marines at the 2008 Marine Corp Ball. They are stationed at the 1st CEB at Camp Pendleton. These are the kind of men we want defending our nation!
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Added: November 13, 2008, 4:08 pm
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Coast Guard Shuttle Crew
This is the crew out of Port Canaveral assigned to the Shuttle missions. From left to right, BM1 RJ Kirbert, MB1 Nick Ingersoll, FS1 Dave King, MKC Scott Lenke, MK1 Tim Schnieder, MKC Dave Goddard, MKCM Charles Wade.
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Added: December 6, 2008, 9:27 am
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