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By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper
It was a devastating Taliban attack, launched on an eastern Afghanistan outpost positioned so poorly it was nearly indefensible. Combat Outpost Keating was tucked in a valley surrounded by towering mountains.
On October 3, 2009, 300 insurgents used the high ground to stage an overwhelming assault on just 53 U.S. troops.
“Just every kind of weapon they could get their hands on they were throwing at us, and we hadn't seen that before,” said Spc. Tom Rasmussen.
Eight men died, but there were heart stopping heroics to defend the base.
Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was already awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for his bravery in the face of overwhelming odds during the battle.
Read An American hero: The uncommon valor of Clint Romesha
Now there will be a second White House ceremony, this time to award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Ty Carter, a member of Black Knight Troop, in the 3rd platoon nicknamed the Bastards.
The morning of the attack, Carter had been risking his life running ammunition to troops, when a sniper pinned down him and four others in a Humvee.
The vehicle’s roof-mounted weapon was destroyed by a rocket propelled grenade and the men were sitting ducks.
“They were totally ineffective in that position. They had no more ammo left, they were getting hit from every which way,” said Romesha.
Sgt. Josh Hardt led two other soldiers to try and shield the trapped comrades with their own Humvee, but it was a suicide mission. Hardt and Spc. Chris Griffen were killed in the attempt.
Bad went to worse, rounds were penetrating the Humvee, and the enemy was now inside the base. The five men trapped decided they need to get out of there.
Three tried to make a run for it while Carter and Sgt. Brad Larson provided cover.
Enemy fire killed Sgt. Justin Gallegos. Spc. Stephan Mace was badly wounded, lying trapped in open ground.
"Help me" he cried
By now insurgents were inside the camp. Despite their presence – and even though Gallegos had just been killed in the same spot – Carter ran to Mace, an act of courage and valor, though for Carter, it was just a matter of wanting to help a fellow soldier.
Mace's injuries were horrific, miraculously no enemy bullets found them as Carter did some basic first aid, checked Gallegos's pulse to confirm that he was dead, and then carried Mace back to the Humvee.
But they needed to get Mace help, so Carter once again braved the bullets and ran and retrieved Gallegos's radio. He didn't know if anyone else in the camp had survived.
"Is anyone still alive?" they radioed.
A response – "What’s going on?"
“We got Mace. Mace is pretty jacked up. We need to get him to the aid station,” Larson said.
The men of 3-61 Cav hatched a plan to unload everything they had into the enemy positions. With that cover, Carter and Larson carried Mace on a stretcher, and the three made their escape.
The battle continued until dusk. Before dawn, eight of the men from Black Knight Troop had been killed.
But 45 U.S. troops survived.
But Mace was not one of them.
President Barack Obama mentioned some lessons from Combat Outpost Keating in his remarks about the valor of Clint Romesha.
"Our troops should never, ever, be put in a position where they have to defend the indefensible. But that's what these soldiers did - for each other, in sacrifice driven by pure love. And because they did, eight grieving families were at least able to welcome their soldiers home one last time. And more than 40 American soldiers are alive today to carry on, to keep alive the memory of their fallen brothers, to help make sure that this country that we love so much remains strong and free," Obama said.
Soon the president will honor the valor of Carter, who risked it all to save a brother.
Two Medals of Honor for the same battle is very rare. The award for Carter marks the first time in almost half a century that one battle resulted in two living service members being awarded the highest honor a troop can receive.
Spc. 4th Class Raymond R. Wright and Sgt. Leonard B. Keller received the Medal of Honor for actions during a battle in the Ap Bac Zone in Vietnam on May 2, 1967. President Johnson awarded their medals in 1968.
Two service members – Sgt. 1st Class Randall D. Shughart and Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon – who were killed in the “Black Hawk Down” fight in Somalia were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for that battle, which was on October 3, 1993 - exactly 16 years before the attack on COP Keating.
YES!! The "leaders" who put these soldiers in harms way should be put out of the service! THEY failed to protect & provide support for them! Another tragedy that could have been prevented! There is an old saying, the 6 Ps (Prior Planning Prevents P### Poor Performance", definitely not used here! The awarding of the CMH is a great honor, but I would not be surprised if those receiveing it, still alive, would give it back in a heartbeat to have their "fallen soldiers" still alive!
All were heros that day....here's is a summary of the medals awarded:
The Battle for COP Keating produced a constellation of medals:
– 27 Purple Hearts
– 37 Army Commendation Medals with “V” devices for valor
– 3 Bronze Stars
– 18 Bronze Stars with “V” devices
– 9 Silver Stars.
– Staff Sgt. Clinton “Clint” Romesha and Sgt. Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor for their actions that day
The enemy death toll is estimated at between 150 and 200.
Eight U.S. soldiers paid the ultimate price that day:
– Justin T. Gallegos of Tucson, Ariz.
– Christopher Griffin of Kincheloe, Mich.
– Kevin C. Thomson of Reno, Nev.
– Michael P. Scusa of Villas, N.J.
– Vernon W. Martin of Savannah, Ga.
– Stephan L. Mace of Lovettsville, Va.
– Joshua J. Kirk of South Portland, Maine
– Joshua M. Hardt of Applegate, Calif.
The "Best of America." Semper Fi!
This is really bothering me.....I do not doubt the heroism of the soldiers who received the Medal of Honor. They absolutely deserve to receive that honor; however, if the the text above is accurate, those two soldiers should posthumously receive the Medal of Honor as well.
Seems like Obama is giving everyone a medal of honor. If you are a solder, a Democrat and fought in some battle than you will get one too.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is not a award that is sought. It is an award that sadly has tradgic memories attached to it. But at the end of the day, when life is short and the final say is heard by the man in charge it's then when peace from Lord shall be given. Perhaps that why the gates of Heaven are guarded by the United States Marine Corps
what a waste.... hope the profits made by Halliburton and others was worth this
Wow. What a nightmare for these guys. I'm glad they're being acknowledged individually and as a group. I hope that all the survivors have been able to find peace since this terrible event.
a great number of us soldiers, if placed in such a situation would do the same for our brothers and given the opportunity to. the question would be, how many of us would survive to tell the tale.
the medal is tertiary. life and continuance of life for our comrades is primary. going home is secondary.
bravo zulu Romesha and Carter!
Who chose that site? They obviously have no eye for "good ground", essential in any firefight. That kind of thinking is what has sent men to their death needlessly since armies were formed. Whoever was responsible should spend the rest of their careers counting boxes of toilet paper headed for our troops – maybe he can get that right.
Why has it taken so long for two administrations to know that a ground war, or any other type of war, for that matter, will never stop terrorism. Terrorism is not an /it/, it is a philosophy, a deeply held hatred that uses any means at its disposal (bombs, firearms, computer viruses, etc.) to exact its evil. Are we to believe that our country is not smart enough to realize that? My heart breaks at t he thought of all of the young men and women, who were either killed or severely wounded in this useless war. It parallels the Vietnam "conflict" in this way: we tell our servicemen and women that they are fighting for their country, for a cause, when nothing could be further from the truth. The cause is purely political and those, who make the decisions, will never be first-hand participants in the war that they declare. They send the young idealists, who truly believe that they can make a difference, even if it means giving their lives. It all begs the question: What difference has it made? The answer: none. Terrorism, both domestic and foreign, is alive and well and always plotting and planning the next "take down." May God bless the servicemen and women, who have bravely fought in this mess. May God bless their families and the families of those souls that were lost in this mess. And may God bless America. Congressional Medal of Honor or not . . . we sure need someone to bless us.
""Our troops should never, ever, be put in a position where they have to defend the indefensible. "
President Obama, what then are you going to do about this? Who are you going to remove from their postion that gave the order to set up and defend this hell hole?
Why are you sooooooooo silent on this issue? Eight good servicemen died because of an incompent officer decided that is what he was going to do irregardless of his advisors.
Why are you silent on this issue? The American people and these families want to know.
Their commanders are incompetent and derelict in their duties. These soldiers got killed because of the ineptitude of their commanders.
First off....thank you Sgt. Carter and Staff Sgt. Romesha, and all your brothers and sisters in arms, for your service, dedication and sacrifice for our country. Our wonderful country needs more men (leaders) like you and Staff Sgt. Romesha,. The valor and courage you both displayed, as well as the good deeds conducted by our troops on a daily basis, should be major conversation topics by the media. Instead more air time is given towards trivial news concerning overpaid actors, singers and athletes. Its sad that the media tends to portray these types as "heroes" instead of the overpaid, self-centered people many truly are. In the meantime,, the true heroism displayed by our armed forces stationed all over the world is dismissed. Old glory flies proudly everyday at my house in salute to you and all others who serve and have served our country. Thanks you all for protecting our freedom.
It's sad men and women die on a daily basis just to fight for "freedom" when other countries know the real reason. You think we're the good guys? So honorable of us,killing for the... $,oil,guns,rights to this and that,to end terroism?...why arent we fighting the boston bombers country?
Two metals of honor for one battle might be unusual these days ... but for the Wounded Knee "Battle" the US Army awared itself TWENTY metals of honor !!!
Save your energy and ammo for the baaaasssstards in Washington, D.C. who created
this mess in the first place.
How many of their sons and daughters were with you that day?
Bravery beyond words for three wars which we lost for the same reason, the lack of an understanding of what it means to win a war and the lack of a national or leadership will, to do what was required. It was a first in the history of humans, that a war was lost for reasons unrelated to the military strength of the country.
Medal of Honour to Bradley Manning
I think it dishonors the recipient that this article is written without editing for basic grammar.
From one veteran to another... congratulations.
Rather than owning up to the fact that our generals made a mistake keeping that base open, we're awarding medals to the soldiers they put in harm's way for political reasons?
At least one general should've been reprimanded for this.
Are the international bankers they made this sacrifice for paying for the medals?
We are blessed as a country to have these men serving and sacrificing. God bless them and their families.
What imbecile in that chain of command decided this would be a good location for an outpost. All of the Marines should receive the medal of honor and the person responsible for putting them in that position should be court martialed. This is a perfect example of how little regard the command has for it's troops and it only gets worse once they are out. This is exactly why we have incidences like the marines pissing on dead Taliban. Seems like the moderators are really out in force trying to not let me post this.
One would think that every army commander would have had to study the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Fought by the French in Vietnam in 1954. You just do not put bases in a valley.
Liberals just can't stand that soldiers more intelligent and selfless than them do such great chores in order to make the world a better and safer place.
Nothing produces heroism, even against seemingly insurmountable odds, like the defense of a noble ideal, and the fellowship of similarly dedicated peers, conversely, nothing fosters cowardice and jealously unleashed without shame or fear as trendily as the anonymity of fortress keyboard.
By the statements of the men there, Sgt Carter is a true hero and richly deserves America's thanks.
Carrying on the traditions of the defenders at Rourke's Drift.
What kind of DUMB ASS set up his base in a Valley surrounded by mountains filled with rag heads.
Thats like asking, "Hey guys! come surround us with high ground and lay siege to our camp."
Whoevers Idea that was should be court marshalled.
Other than that, yeah honor and glorry and such to the soldiers.
Thank you CNN for deleting my reply messages stating that these Marines are hero's and those that think otherwise have no idea what they are talking about. For those that call this man a coward for staying in his truck while one of his comrades have been wounded, how would you feel if a sniper was taking pop shots at you had you left your vehicle. Additionally, as unfortunate as it is a wounded military member must initially try to take care of themselves while the fight is going on. This is because if others go to help that means less bullets down range towards the enemy. It is unfortunate but so is war. @nonsense you say greed is the reason for invading...how easy we forget the Taliban was keeping Bin Laden safe...I.e. the reason for the invasion or do you think thousands of murdered Americans at the hands of a terrorist is not worth it, just saying get your facts straight. I'm sure CNN will delete this one too but someone needs to say it. Marines, keep up the good work and come home safe.
ashame these brave and heroic men are pawns in a stupid war.
Would love to see the morons who positioned that camp be court martialed.
It is not a stupid war...you are one to forget why we went there in the first place. The Taliban refused to had over Bin Laden who murdered thousands of American's. The war is justified!!! Our service members understand the dangers they face and may in turn pay the ultimate price. They are all hero's. Keep up the good work Marines and come home safe.
Theirs not to reason why;
Theirs but to do and die
all in the name of american corporate greed
If you have never served, then you will just never understand. We don't fight for you, or for the president, or for some stupid cause. We fight for our brothers standing to our left and on our right.
We volunteered not to reason why, but to do or die.
Stupid because the Taliban, Pakistanis and Iranians cant keep their hands off the Afghan people.
ALLuh you are an a**. Saying anything bad, no matter what your opinion on war, religion, or any other reason, is disgraceful to all that lost theirs lives that night and the brave men that would sacrifice all to save them
The difference between brave men like these, and you, is they understand the greater picture. American freedom is not provided freely. So what. You say it's a useless war, over oil, or whatever. I say, I don't question my leaders. They hold the plan. I signed up to enforce it.
couldn't agree with you more! What a waste...
Pawn or master of their own destiny -they Volunteered. Call yourself stupid for not be involved in the war. Liberty, Freedom, and many other words that are the reason why we continue to have a military. They volunteer and fight to keep the threat off our native soil. BTW, the military is a political tool manned by many who do not necessarily care about politics. However, they do what they do. When you call it a stupid war- your demean their sacrifice -regardless of its popularity.
Most thoughtful post in this entire stream. Thank you and I hope people read it carefully.
Fine men. Brave men. I salute you both.
Watch "Restrepo". Gripping documentary of this situation. Even more amazing story when you can see video of the area they were in.
Heroes all......Anyone who has experienced combat first hand will truly understand the bravery and courage these men exhibited under the most extreme conditions in a firefight of this magnitude. It chills me to the bones to think of what these brave men had to endure in this "Valley!"
God bless these great warriors. Thanks for your service and tremendous sacrifice and love of country.
The same could be said for Ambassadors, Diplomatic Security and CIA...they should never be forced do defend the indefensible. One wonders why there was no air support in both places...Afghanistan and Benghai.
If you mean spirited Americans can't support our military then get the fu$& out of this great county. These brave men do not set policies, they enforce them and for that we should all be grateful.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Sgt. Carter. This is a well-deserved honor.
We should honor all of the brave soldiers who defended COP Keating.
Snowden deserves one as well. He is fighting against home spun terrorism.
Both of these gentlemen are American soldiers at their best, doing what they do for their fellow troopers...this is no surprise. What surprises me? Why are we still even over there? How long from now will they stop and say "we lost 8 guys that day for...what?" When will this senseless loss of American soldiers end? Our soldiers deserve better than to be left as sitting ducks in some idiots idea of a defendable base camp surrounded by bad guys.
Thank you for all you do
Thank you for your bravery Sgt. Carter.
It's too bad that young men have to die in order to fight in a war started by old men.
Thanks to this soldier and all of his buddies who have served to protect us and others.
Seems like quite a few people on here fail to realize the war in Afghanistan was justified. The Taliban aided Al-Qaeda in the attack on the United States on 9/11. I do agree that the war in Iraq was unjustified, but Afghanistan wasn't. This soldier fought bravely in Afghanistan to insure the enemy never attacks this country again. Shame on those who attack this honorable soldier.
The moronic leadership that put these men in that untenable position should be court marshalled and shot.
I'm a pretty tough cookie, but I wept when I watched the documentary on Clint Romesha. Now we have Ty Carter, and in those two, we have the best of the best. Our country owes both of you a great debt. You and your fellow soldiers, are shining examples of those whom our young people SHOULD emulate.
Will the officer who ordered these men to set up this indefensible base be held accountable ??
I killed a spider the other day,WITH OUT screaming and crying.
I think I deserve a award :)
You cant quit the marines.
he must have done something to get out, such as using drugs, claiming he is suicidal or other things.
Haha, right? Like this guy just says, "Hey Top, I just don't think I want to do this anymore. Here's my two-weeks notice." Top is like, "Oh, yeah. Fine, Marine. Here's an ice cream cone and a train ticket."
What do the Arines have to do with this article? The Sergeant and his unit are Army. And nothing in the article mentions he is/was attempting to get out of the service. Try to focus. Making relevant comments is fine, but try to stay on point. If you don't have anything sensible to comment, shut up. All people like you do is broadcast your lack of intelligence. Tchuss!
Uh, it's not a lifetime contract, you can opt not to re-enlist. "Quit" might not be an ideal word to describe that, but it's quite a leap to conclude that he must have engineered his departure via a hot drug test or psychological malingering.
J, read the Army's press release. He didn't quit the Marines. He finished his enlistment in 2002 and decided to join the Army in 2008.
Where did you get anything about Marines?
He got kicked out of the Marines for fighting. Anywho then he joined the Army.
Umm, J. These soldiers were in the Army, not the Marine Corps. And yes, you can "quit" the Marines after your enlistment period is up.
Perhaps it was the end of an enlistment. Perhaps it was inter service transfer. Perhaps you shouldn't insinuate something slanderous before knowing what in the hell it means or what happened - right out of the gate and in regard to someone who distinguished themselves in combat. For example, based on your comment, I would assume you were a civilian troll who lives in their mother's basement and probably needs to degrade others online because you are a coward and have very, very low self-esteem. But I'm sure that would be short-sighted and incorrect, right cowboy?
Its the reporter dude....No one quits any military service (unless u r an officer) of our country..Its not a job its an adventure..; )
Marines and other armed service members "quit" every day, they choose to not reenlist.
Or maybe none of those things, maybe he just didn't reenlist.
I recall my Drill Instructor kindly offering me multiple opportunities to quit – "Just quit now Hamilton! Ride that nice comfortable ambulance back to the squadbay, 'cause I'm cutting you when we get back there anyway" I thought he was going to, but I didn't quit and he never cut me.
Rain on his parade?! Who doesn't do drugs in the Marines (Army, AF, Navy), or at least have some amount of indiscretion? Reality is, this man is the kind of soldier any fellow soldier would be more than proud to serve with. He warrants the utmost respect from fellow soldiers and civilians, hence the CMH.
That's a pretty ignorant statement. Former Marines make lateral moves into other branches of service. They all do this after being honorably discharged. All branch members do this. Don't make assumptions on subjects you know nothing about. There's enough of that going on already on these comment lines from about 95% of people here.
in the first place he was Army, in the second, military service members enlistments end, and at that point you can choose to reenlist, or be discharged.
Roger that, but if the Army accepted him, there must've been something about his Marine exit that didn't blackball him. Today's volunteer military has raised its standards but they value experience. Maybe he'll tell us those details in his memoirs someday?
This was a US Army unit, not Marine Corps. And being in the Arny or Marine Corps is not a life sentence. There's this thing called an "enlistment" that has a ending date...
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Why did the youngsters die, and the senior soldiers receive awards? Why are the statements of the soldiers diferent than that of the staff officers who the award recommendations where written by? Carter coward in a truck while his comrade "SPC Mace bled to death feet from him." Ask about that CNN!! Jake tapper is only after glory not truth, if not he would have answered these questions and more in his book..
How about providing proof instead of accusations. Put up or shut up.
I'm sure you've done plenty for this country and been in combat like him. Because I know I wouldn't have the right to judge that man for something I've never had the courage to do
Senior soldier? He was a specialist at the time. It's plain you can't write, but could you at least learn to read?
Shut your filthy comments! Your attempt to insult this Sergeant is vulgar and incomprehensible. Accusing him and his unit's senior officers of lying or doing anything dishonorable brands you as scum. The process of writing and processing awards and decorations is very strict and time consuming. No single report stands alone as a general rule. Processing the Medal of Honor is echelons above routine. The fact he was in a vehicle means only that he was in a vehicle at some point. His vehicle took rounds just like the other vehicle in which the crew died. F he were in an M1 tank, he wouldn't have been in danger except to anti-tank weapons. But he was in a lightly "armored" Hummer. That is better armor than ACUs and body armor, but not by much. He also got out of the vehicle, under deadly, direct fire, to render assistance to his injured/dead brother in arms. His superiors put him in for an award: if they didn't concur that he deserved the award, he wouldn't be receiving it. It's not your right to question it. Some armchair warrior like you with military knowledge gained from watching TV should really keep his/her insulting comments to yourself. STFU! Tchuss!
Please, shut up. Just shut up.
I don't know the details of the battle and what you state may well be true, but Spec 4 is hardly a "senior rank".
He was a SGT at the time, not senior at all (the first NCO rank in the Army with certain exceptions for Corporals). Where do you get he was cowering in a HMMWV?
Blah, blah, blah. What were you...a conscientious objector or some pencil-pushing putz who never served in combat. Likely you never served in the service at all.
Obviously you are and never have been a service member. Carter was not cowering in his vehicle, he was protecting himself from sniper fire (pinned down). It is unfortunate when one of our own is hit but we are trained to continue the fight. Those that do get hit are trained to provide self aid the best they can until the fight is over. A lesson we learned from Vietnam, when one goes down it takes two more to help which means three guns would be down. When there are only fifty something being attacked by 300 all guns must be up or they will be slaughtered. Marines keep up the good work and come home safe. No need to listen to people like this who have no respect for our service members.
Soldiers are not civilians. They don't get to come to message boards and debate the merit of their position, mission or cause. They are placed where they are ordered and it's true, NOT ALL like what is given to them. But unlike us, they do it, cause they were trained that way and because they couldn't bare the shame of leaving a "brother" behind because they didn't like the directive. Under these circumstances did this soldier commit extreme bravery. He may have words of his own about our government, but this article is not about that. This isn't an article about opening the "box". The box was what they were put in. They fought bravely, no matter what cause (just or injust) you think it was for. Remember, we get to comment, because of what the US military has done over it's entire existence. If you were a true patriot, you would forgo comments on diplomacy in an article like this and just comment on a truly brave act, by an American Soldier. Remember, Valley Forge, Bunker Hill, France, Holland, The Bulge, Korea, Vietnam, Irag and Afghanistan all involved American Soldiers. Politics too, but this article is not about that, try to remember your brave American Soldier.
You are both misinformed and a conspiracy nut. Change the tin foil on your hat. It is giving you all the wrong signals. See ya, i need to get back to the planet.
As an ex-Infantry sergeant, who saw heavy and continued combat first hand; I will advise you of this. First, stop playing video games in your mommy's basement; where you win all the time while braving enemy fire. Secondly, read Tapper's book and the descriptions from all who were there. Maybe a third suggestion...get a life!
have you ever been shot at? its easy for someone like you who hides behind a screen name to call a man in the middle of a battle a coward.
You should be ashamed of yourself. Carter left the truck and ran not once but THREE times through enemy fire to attempt, ATTEMPT (key word) to save Mace's life. You're either a heartless person, not American, or a member of the Westboro Baptist Church if you have a comment like that. Either way, I'm glad you arent defending our country, little hypocrite. I guarantee you would've sat there crying til they retreated or you were killed.
I really hope someday you realize how disrespectful and wrong you are to bad mouth a Medal Of Honor recipient. In order to receive the MOH every soldier who was on the ground must give an after action report. A full investigation is launched and all statements better match up. Who do you think you are to call him a coward. It's real easy to make judgement from behind the safety of your computer. He went above and beyond the call of duty. I'm sorry but calling a MOH recipient a coward makes you the lowest form of scum on Earth.
Get off the crack. It's ruing your brains. It is what it is. Have you got a lighter? Mines all out.
The only coward putting words on this page is you. Obviously an armchair tactician with military experience consisting of hours on a playstation. SGT Carter was in a Hummer hauling ammo to the troops. That made his vehicle a prime target for the attackers, with the fact his exterior weapon was disabled by fire and his vehicke later disabled. The other SGT who attempted to shield SGT Carter's vehicle died from the same hostile fire. SGT Carter placed himself in even greater peril by running to two fallen comrades. A coward doesn't do that! Two men down means the shooters had their rsnge and clear field of fire: the blood proved that. Taking the time to check on one soldier, then the other, and then helping to move the survivor to cover isn't an act of a coward, it is a professional soldier going beyond the call of duty to save his brother. At best, it's only the luck of the draw or divine intervention that determines who is shot and who isn't. But placing himself at elevated risk is a hallmark of the brave. Stop commenting on things you don't understand, and questioning another's courage from the safety of anonomity. Tchuss!
If you are going to make such inflammatory accusations, at least have the sense and the courage to cite your sources, complete with direct quotes from those, who were actually at the scene described in the story. If you were there, be brave enough to tell your side. If you were not there, what you have posted is hearsay, unless you can come up with some direct quotes and/or citations of accurate information. It's easy to paint with the brush of anonymity.
SSG Romesha was 28 at the time and a section leader. Carter was a SPC at the time. Hardly "senior soldiers."
If you have problems with their actions, step up and match them. But you've never spent a single day in the military, let alone in combat.
I think you need to actually read the article before you post your comment.
Carter risked his life to provide first aid to Mace, get him back to the Humvee, went back and retrieved the radio and then carry him on a stretcher. no less. to get him help.
Carter is a guy I would want to have my back. You owe this man an apology.
God bless you, Sergeant Ty Carter. Our nation owes you more a medal - we owe you a debt we can never, ever repay.
You are right.
pretty much, and never will be repayed with GOP blocking benefits for wounded soldiers, they deserve a free house and a pension, but NO, the GOP congressman would rather sell their office to corporations, an absolute disgrace.
The President admitted that he was puzzled by the
magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.
"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained.
"Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have
known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of
their choice? It doesn't compute.."
"I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice
for their country," Obama continued. "I wasn't asking for blood, just
money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its
history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try
to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the
selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."
This is what Obama really thinks, don't let his lies go unanswered, he doesn't care!
Obama thinks that we will forget his true thoughts, NOPE, wont happen unless you are a democrap and want to believe that Obama really didn't say that.
We deserve a "free house"? C'mon and build mine then...idiot.
Why do they deserve a free house? I am retired Army with over 20 years, including several Iraq tours. If you serve your 20 years, you earn a pension. If you are disabled, you receive payment. If you serve honorably at all, you deserve respect. Anything more is excessive. Turning this into a political discussion is idiotic and detracts from the story.
Actually under Obama our GI bill benefits were grossly cut down and he heralded it as an "improvement". Nothing like getting all of $1000 a month to live off of and then losing about 1/4 of it! Being I was overseas when he took office I can also attest to the fact that he values cutting defense spending over saving our lives. Good on Carter, he represents all we are trained to be, but leave the political granstanding at home.
hey jerk bait! try blaming the demorats and that POS potus that was voted in by a bunch of low intelligence entitlement based crumb turds.
always has to be political , so screw you a-hole!
You are so right about that. The pliticians blocking relief and benefits to veterans/wounded veterans must be considered ememies of the state.
what they deserve is Peace. stop the endless wars..... and the "GOP" blocking benefits? Really? The only way you can give something that is not there (money) is to print more of it... and that's exactly what BOTH sides are doing. Don't fall for the bipartisan crap. Both parties are corrupt....
You are a horse's butt, every bill the GOP has put forward since Obummer was elected got killed by Pelosi and REID. I hope someday you grow a brain and stop putting your head up the DNC donkey butt.
if he was a man of real valor, he'd have declared conscientious objection and refused to kill any afghanis or anyone in the lad we have invaded for greed.
you got them so good! ZING!
What does greed have to do with Afghanistan? I mean Iraq would make sense even though I personally disagree, but Afghanistan?
Your mom must be so proud of the little coward she popped out.
IT's people like you that need to crawl in a hole and die. These Marines are more man then you ever will be, ya idiot.
As in lay down his arms? You do realize this was a battle, right? The better part of valor is discretion, not suicide.
We invaded Afghanistan for greed? What exactly were we taking of any value? You may be able to prove that with Iraq, but there isn't anything in Afghanistan that is really exploitable. We invaded Afghanistan to get Bin Laden, and only that. If the Taliban had handed him over they would still be there, happily making every Afghan's life miserable by living in the middle ages.
you are a coward.
Utter garbage. The only things animals like the Taliban or Al Qaeda understand is overwhelming force. Applaud Sgt Carter and the men and women like him for bringing violence to them rather than having them bring violence to us.
WRONG! We invaded Iraq for greed. We invaded Afghanistan to eliminate a clear and present danger.
Your screen name says it all..
I believe your screen name says it all..
All of the great men and women who have lost their life defending our country will never be forgotten. You are such a moran that you dont understan that our country was attacked by cowards who murdered thousands of innoncent lives of great Americans who lived in freedom and were able to live, love and lost everything due to these cowards. Muslims are nothing but a bunch of cock sucking pricks who use fear and there fucked up ways to control the weak. American soldies like myself have and will defend and protect the weak and everything our country stands for. If you cant support the United States, get the fuck out. We dont need dirt bags like you here. You are a piece of shit.
As a Marine i must say that is one of the best statements outta of my red headed step bros in the Army. Islam is a fooking cult. There on earth for us to pack heaven full of fresh soul. My God bless us and our great nation.
"Muslims are nothing but a bunch of cock sucking pricks who use fear and there fucked up ways to control the weak"
This doesn't go for all Muslims brother and as a soldier you should understand the difference. It is sad that you identify them all under one umbrella. You are a disgrace to the uniform for showing your bigotry.
You POS! Only a dope-smoking coward would come up with your shiite. These soldiers are brave men...period! You, on the other hand, are likely one of those Occupy Wall Street punks who think the world owes you something...and something you'd not even willing to fight for. You're a loser!
Serious, greed. Sorry man you may have forgotten that we invaded because they harbored Bin Laden who was responsible for the deaths of thousands. He is a hero, they all are. Marines, keep up the good work and come home safe.
You, my friend, are a coward. An attack that killed 3,000 people was hatched and launched from Afganistan. I suppose you think we deserved it, too. You're nothing but a coward and a D-bag.
Get out of my country you piece of sh1t. It was only his choice to join the service, probably just to pay bills. If you have a problem with the unjust war, make your case it where it is due, rather than questioning the snap-decision courage displayed to run out in front of enemy fire to try to save a life. Do you really think geopolitical philosophy was his primary concern at either that moment in time or likely any before. Your ignorance and willingness to display it sickens me, even if I happen to agree with your position on the war. Proof-think your statements before you spit on an act of courage you and most others would not be capable of attempting. Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt.
You are simply an idiot.
Well Nonsense, you screen name is fitting. We invaded Afghanistan for greed?!? Perhaps you forgot about that little incident on 9/11 2001. I was there. Now move out of your mother's basement you worthless waste of organic matter and do something productive with your life.
Your name =says it all. Think mutualaly exclusive.
You're comparing a conscientious objector to the actions of brave men who did what they must while under lethal conditions?
You need some help. Soldiers who possess a great loyalty to each other and do insanely brave things just to ensure the safety and well-being of their fellow men deserve the highest honor, not some coward who signed up for the military and refused to fight. You're a grunt in a war, not a general. Being a conscientious objector as a footsoldier makes no difference to the start, the fighting and the end of a war.
I believe the that the Afghan war should have been wound up long ago, and these men needn't have been sent to some rural mountain outpost by some fat and balding general for little to no reason, but it does not change the fact that what these soldiers did was very brave.
But you wouldn't understand that, you've never been shot at, unlike us.
If you're going to write such drivel then at least know that it's "Afghans"...Afghanis is the currency.
Go screw yourself. You don't know the meaning of sacrifice.
Dumb, really dumb. Tchuss!
any lad we invaded? are you tupid? or retarde? No spell check you stupid feces you. Time to get up off mommy's couch and get that GED you so desperately need. Mouthbreather.
You sir are a coward.
anyone ever call you an idiot? just curious. Id call you a traitor, but thats just me.
Why don't you get off your computer and do something useful, Or at least take your opinion to someone who cares, this man risked everything he had for a brother. You are insulting anyone who is trying to honor this man with your useless, unsupported treehugging opinion and I'm pretty sure it's not welcome here (or even initiated). Go start a petition and dance through the streets with signs to "protest" your freedom to speak. These men are giving all of there freedom so that someone else can have it, this is not the place to have an argument whether there should or should not be a war. In other words? You don't got anything that's on topic to say, don't say it, and don't start a useless argument that is outside of the stories intentions.
Just how many bowls of stupid did you have for breakfast? Are you declaring yourself the only person in this world, who can know what is in someone's mind? Or, are you simply passing judgment from your ivory tower? If you have that magical power to know what is in a person's heart ("if he was [sic] a real man of valor . . .") why are you not famous? Why hasn't every defense lawyer and/or prosecutor in the country hired you on as a consultant? Why haven't millions of people hired you on as a consultant to learn of the true intentions of the person that they are about to marry? Why hasn't the news media hired you to consult on stories, in order to give the "real" intent of the folks, about whom the story is written?
You've never been there, or by the sound of it would be willing to fight for freedom, so stfu.
That's your construct. Evidently, it's not commonly used, huh?
Too bad you weren't in the tower when it was hit by the plane. If you were, that ridiculous statement you made wouldn't exist. Greed has nothing to do with the US having Soldiers in Afghanistan.
For starters, do not speak of things you know nothing of. President Abraham Lincoln said it best: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." You sir, have once again opened your mouth and undeniably proven your lack of common sense. As an Infantryman, I can personally account for what these soldiers go through during a deployment. Real men like Carter, Romesha and myself volunteer so you and your children (if any woman would ever agree to procreate with you) don't get drafted. It's that simple. The means of war do not matter. I personally don't care why we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, but I do know Sadaam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden and their regimes deserved to be annihilated from this earth. I leave you with this:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." – Teddy Roosevelt
You, sir, are the critic, and we're the warriors on the front lines. Keep your mouth shut and let us do our jobs so you can continue to live your sad excuse for a life, freely, by our sacrifices. You are nothing but a mere sheep and there are wolves everywhere...but fear not, for I am the sheepdog.
– John Boyles
C co. 1-327th Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran
Fortunately we have men to defend us while sheep like you bleat.
Because of men like SGT Carter this nation will endure.
What happened to the command officers who placed these men in an eastern Afghanistan outpost positioned so poorly it was nearly indefensible? I sure hope they were relieved of command and forced out of the military. Who give up his soldiers deserves no less.
I agree with you. To order men in a position that is tactically indefensible invites attack. I am reminded of the Rapido River Crossing in Italy in WWII which was an operation that ended in abject failure. No commanding officers were Court Martialed for the attack including Marc Clark who ordered it. I wish the Army and media would investigate the officers who were responsible for this fiasco and have them punished accordingly.
Obviously you have never been over there or understand why there are outpost in awkwardly positioned terrain. It's not necessarily that the leadership thought -lets do something very dumb and dangerous without making careful considerations. It's much easier to criticize when you have no experience or first hand knowledge. Those military personnel didn't sign up for the army to be in relatively safe and secure environments. Hence the reason why military service is a profession many choose not to participate in -which itself is a respectable decision. I'm sure the leaders, to include your mentioned "command officers", carry such heavy burden in the decisions they make. Lets not cast such unnecessary haste and disrespect towards them.
To Sergeant Ty Carter, all I can say is – Thank you for your service.
I read a detailed account of that battle. Sgt Ty Carter deserves this honor .
'Uncommon Valor was a common virtue" – Well done.
Thank you all for your service to our country!
Amazing acts of selflessness and courage.
You would think that a story about such incredible courage and valor would at least merit proper grammar. Yikes
What a hero, too bad it's all for a stupid cause, doesn't diminish his bravery and heroism however.
Seriously a stupid cause, people like you make me sick. Did you forget that the Taliban was harboring Bin Laden who murdered thousands of Americans? Good job Marines keep up the fight and come home safe.
Crawl back in your hole, you are confirming my diagnosis of stupidity.
What's your point, Zero?
Why were these soldiers placed in a valley, while 300 insurgents were on higher ground, and killed these soldiers by firing down on them? Family members of the dead soldiers tried to bring charges against the Army officers, that ordered these soldiers in that valley, but it did no good. A number of these soldiers had called home, and told their families they were as good as dead, because of where their base was located. The Army is responsible for the deaths of these soldiers, by having them put a base in a valley, surrounded by mountains full of insurgents.
Sometimes the tactical situation forces decisions no one likes. Read about Task Force Smith, for example! It's always easy to second-guess after the fact. Tchuss!
Ty Carter is a classic example of a Hero. Gahh – why don't you take a trip over there and find a good place to place a base? There is more to placement of these bases that you may know. Easy to blame others than to accept that sometimes there is no good reason for why the base was where it was.
They are rightfully called HEROS. Great job guys!!!!! Obviously you went all the way, and then some!!!!!!
We need more men like this in combat and not sissy little boys and girls. Who is going to be the new George Patton for this generation?
Name me ONE "sissy little boy or girl" who is in combat. Troll.
Tapper's book gives a superb account of the whole situation and the inevitable attack that resulted from the brass picking the most indefensible position possible. It was a miracle and a tribute to bravery that the whole camp did not die.
Congratulations to Sgt. Carter. Both he and Staff Sgt. Romesha are deserving of their medals. However, let it be said that every single soldier who set foot in COP Keating is equally as deserving. On the other hand the fools up the chain of command who decided to place COP Keating in that valley should be reprimanded for being so casual with the lives of their soldiers.
Reprimanded? The person who gave the order to establish this outpost and everyone in the chain of command above them should be busted to PVT and sent home...AFTER spending a little time in Leavenworth.
If the top brass who made these decisions to put the base in an indefensible position worked in corporate civilian positions, they would have been fired.
Scott – I've been to Keating long time ago. It's in the location because there was no other alternative. Back when we were on the offensive -it wasn't such a bad decision. Now that we've been mostly on the defensive the last few years, it's hard to defend because we can not push the enemy out far enough to keep it safe. But if it were safe region -we wouldn't probably have wasted time, effort, or risked lives in that area in the first place.
It is sad that he lost his bretheren, but wonderful that he and many others were able to return to their families. Thank You for your action and while most MOH awardees do not talk about their award, we thank you for what you did to deserve it.
Amazing courage. These are the hero's that should be recognized and celebrated. Not athletes and rock stars.
Both Romesha and Carter are perfect examples of the American warrior ethos of selfless sacrifice, and they truly deserve the nation's respect and highest honor.
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