Kmeyerhoff Blog 7

The idea of a soldier being a hero I find to be complicated.  Although I do think that soldiers are heroes and give up a lot in order to save the lives of others, I do not agree with war.  I would rather our soldiers not to have to put their lives in danger in the first place.  Since this is not the case, I would say that soldiers are heroes.  They put others before themselves in order to help the greater good.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Henderson is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor after leading his men into combat with the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Henderson had to devise a plan to get the Taliban out of their Fort that would allow for the least amount of causalities.  The fight was difficult and gruesome because it was extremely hot and there was physical contact between the marines and Taliban.

Henderson and his men went towards the Fort and got stuck between the enemy’s defense that were both inside and outside of the fort. They continued to fight to the best of their abilities until Henderson decided it would be too dangerous to fight into the night due to the heat.  He took his men out, however this fight did force the Taliban out.  They left their Fort because it was the last thing they had left to defend and once it was occupied, they had nothing left to defend.

Henderson was a hero in this circumstance for many reasons.  He used divine judgment in order to keep as many of his men alive as possible and keep his country safe.

http://ourmilitaryheroes.defense.gov/profiles/hendersonA.html

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Having a solider being a hero can be complicated, but I agree with you on why Henderson is a hero. One key trait of a hero is leadership, and it seems like Henderson was a true leader, which led to his Bronze Star of Valor.

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  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I would agree with you that soldiers are heroes because they do risks their lives for the benefit of the greater good. Henderson seemed to be thinking of his men first and I am sure he was willing to give up a fort to keep more of his men safe. This act of leadership showed how much he values those he was in charge of and it reminded me of the character in “The Things They Carried” who was so upset when one of his men died because the leader was too busy thinking about Martha. I think it was very heroic of Henderson to perform this act. Good post!

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  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    The heroism shown by Henderson is huge. Leading troops into battle is difficult, but what makes it even more difficult is knowing that there would be some people who would not survive, even with the best plan of attack devised.

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