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9/11 inspired many men and women to join forces and fight for our country and for those that were too young to serve waited patiently like Aaron Davis.

 

 

At age eighteen Davis was deployed to Afganistan.  He was given the dirty and dangerous jobs and encountered a lot of enemy fire day to day.   His first encounters with gun fire at  all were scary for Davis, but  quickly he got acclimated to his new lifestyle, kill or be killed.  But for Davis he was ready for the challenges that this lifestyle brought.  His Sergeant Justin Grimm described him as thick headed and a problem at first.  Davis was described as someone that was ‘straight up’ a trait I would strongly see in a Leader.  Once davis understood the military life Grimm later described him as one of the best soldiers that he has ever worked with.

 

On July 13 2008 Davis went down in the history books after patrolling the area for terrorist their platoon found it safe to travel and try to advance on the enemy.  While advancing 200 terrorist came out firing.  Davis was driving an armored tank when the terrorist attacked he had the injured soldiers in his tank and was making his way to the collection point where they could be flown to a hospital when the tank was hit by a grenade.  Grimm ordered everyone out of the truck, where Davis had to fight on foot. He found a place for the wounded and did what he could to help but did not leave his side.  Very vulnerable they were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.  Davis stayed with the injured not leaving them behind like his many fellow soldiers had.  He got them to the collection where he was helping them get into the helicopter when he was shot.  He made it out alive and saved many of his platoon brothers lives.  Davis is honored as a hero.

 

This is a true example of what a hero should be.  When we think of a hero we think magical and X-Ray vision, but that is not what a true hero is.  A true hero is human.  I remember the first day of class one of the words written on the bored was Selfless.  Aaron Davis was a selfless hero. A true hero values others as much or even more then himself.

 

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    There are so many unsung heroes from our armed forces, I had not heard this story of Davis but it is one i shall not soon forget. Your thoughts on how important selflessness is in soldier heroes was insightful as well.

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  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I hate that we will never know the stories of all the men and women who died fighting for our country. They are expected to have such bravery and essentially sign up to face death.

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  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    I like how you tied in the transition it was necessary for him to make so that he could succeed within the army. Along with the heroic story of course, I bet that transition was a key point in his life and his future.

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