Today is Veterans Day. I submit this Haiku in remembrance of my fellow Veterans.
Served this great nation
Honor my Brothers-in-Arms
I salute you all.
As a Veteran I get really upset when people who have no idea what combat is like think they can judge who is a good soldier and who is not. Recently it came to my attention that Bryan Fisher of “Rightly Concerned” a “American Family Association” said this about the “Medal of Honor”
We have feminized (sic) the Medal of Honor. I would suggest our culture has become so feminized (sic) that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery.
Rev. Fischer continues saying
So the question is this: when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night? We know instinctively that we should honor courage, but shy away from honoring courage if it results in the taking of life rather than in just the saving of life. So we find it safe to honor those who throw themselves on a grenade to save their buddies.
The soldiers who have been awarded the Medal of Honor were all kick-ass soldiers and I would have been proud to serve with any of them. All but one of the eight, who have been awarded this medal from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, died in the line of duty. Even though I served in the U.S Infantry as a sniper I do not agree with the war or killing but I do support the soldiers and applaud their heroism.
For those who wonder what are the criteria for being awarded the Medal of Honor, (other than killing enemy soldiers as Rev Fischer thinks) the following is the what Authorization 10 U.S.C 6241 says:
The Medal of Honor is Awarded by the President in the name of Congress to members of the naval service who conspicuously distinguish themselves by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty.
- while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
- while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
- while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Army Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta – Charged the enemy, throwing grenades to rescue an American soldier who was being carried away by insurgents.
Army Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller – After his patrol was ambushed he charged the enemy, shooting and killing 10 insurgents and calling in enemy position until his radio went silent. The rest of his patrol, 22 soldiers, was able to recover and overrun the enemy position and retrieve Spc Miller who died of his wounds.
Army Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti – While on a mission his patrol of 16 men was attacked by enemy forces much greater in size. Sgt Monti called in for indirect fire support then engaged the enemy with his rifle and grenade successfully disrupting them while his patrol was able to retreat. Sgt Monti was mortally wounded.
Army Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith – First Sgt Smith’s unit of 100 men was working on construction when they were attacked by a company sized unit (75-200) of enemy soldiers. First Sgt Smith engaged the enemy first with grenades, anti-tank weapons, then when fearing they would be overrun he manned a .50 caliber machine gun to offer support. He was mortally wounded during this action.
U.S Navy Lt Michael P. Murphy – During an operation in an enemy controlled area Lt Murphy’s team of 4 was discovered and attacked by enemy forces, 30-40. Lt. Murphy encouraged and led his men to attack, the result was numerous enemy casualties. Realizing that if the enemy was given enough time their position would be overrun Lt Murphy left cover to call for assistance. Lt Murphy was successful in getting assistance but died while providing cover for his team.
U.S Marine Corporal Jason L. Dunham – A car approached the checkpoint that Cpl Dunham was manning and an insurgent jumped out of the car and attacked Cpl Dunham and others. The insurgent pulled out and dropped a grenade. Cpl Dunham fell to the ground and covered the grenade with his body and died of his wounds but saved the lives of the numerous civilians, U.S and Iraqi forces.
Army Specialist Ross A. McGinnis – While out on combat operations an enemy combatant threw a grenade into Spc’s McGinnis’ vehicle, without hesitation Spc McGinnis covered the grenade with his body saving the lives of the rest of the squad.
U.S Navy MA2 Michael A. Monsoor – Petty Officer Monsoor’s was on a mission to offer early warning in support of troops moving into the area. While Monsoor’s team was taking fire from both sides of their position, an insurgent threw a grenade that hit Monsoor in the chest and landed at this feet. Petty Officer Monsoor, instead of leaping to safety to save himself, dropped down and covered the grenade sacrificing his life for the rest of the team.
According to the logic of Rev Fischer we should applaud bullies, terrorists, misbehaving children, domestic violence and anyone else who hurts others, break things (like the budget) and does not value life. Rev Fischer is really generating lots of negative karma!
There is one bit of sanity on Rev Fischer’s blog, THE RESPONSES! To them and all who think like them Thank you.