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Dwarrick Blog 7

I chose to write about an older war hero from World War Two, one that is not necessarily famous for his heroic actions. James McNiece, Jake, was part of the 101st Airborne who jumped behind enemy lines. Their job was to destroy bridges supplying German troops attempting to hold off the beach from United States infantry.  The mission was basically a suicide mission, but Jake and the 101st bravely went in, and succeeded in their mission. Jake said only three men survived in his group. To this day he is one of a small group of veterans from WWII, and he has been greatly rewarded for his actions. He managed to survive three other missions which also put him behind enemy lines. I enjoyed reading the article because Jake was an optimistic man who was a bit of a trouble maker, but made more trouble for the enemy in the end.

                http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/War-Hero–Sunday-At-10-178159281.html

 

I am sure if you ask Jake he would be modest and say he is no hero, and he was just doing what he was ordered, and that is truly what makes a hero a hero to me.  Back then, young men had to serve in the army whether or not they wanted to due to the lack of volunteering. Some will say that this is wrong and nobody should be asked to possibly lose their life for their country, but I believe in freedom, and our country. I most certainly would not want to ever have to be drafted, but I would follow in the footsteps of the heroes who gave us freedom. I would much rather not see war at all. Times have changed. We should be able to handle our problems with other countries by communicating, but I understand that does not always work. I support our country in our decision to fight for what is ours, and I am grateful that there are so many brave soldiers who do as they are told with pride and courage without being forced to be in the army. All of these men are true heroes.

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I will always place the mission first

I will never accept defeat

I will never quit

I will never leave a fallen comrade

 

These are the four tenets which comprise the United States Army Warrior Ethos. These ideals are pounded into the head of every American soldier throughout his or her career. Often times soldiers can be considered heroes simply due to the high expectations set upon them. From these ideals come the stories of men and women who rise above the call of duty, putting themselves in harms way, to ensure the safety of another. Once such soldier is former Staff Sergeant Giunta.

In 2007, then a specialist, Sergeant Giunta was returning to base with his platoon after pulling security on a ridge for the entire day. The platoon came under fire as insurgents attacked from the front, causing the U.S. forces to scatter for cover. As members of Alpha team in point fell to the fire, Bravo team found cover in lower ground, where they soon discovered fire was coming from their flank as well. Sergeant Giunta, from cover, saw one of the fallen members of Alpha team being dragged away by two insurgents. Giunta ran from cover and chased the men, killing one, while the other fled. Sergeant Giunta successfully dragged his fallen comrade back to behind cover while they awaited reinforcements. Sergeant Giunta clearly put his own life in danger to save his friend, perfectly exemplifying the tenet of never leave a fallen comrade.

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Whitehead Blog 7

Dillon Pelfrey, Sterling Jones, and Andy Whitehead

Dillon and Sterling are friends of mine and Andy is my cousin.  All three of them are in the Army and, Dillon and Sterling has served in Afghanistan.  They do not have a particular famous heroic type story, however I believe these men to be true heroes in every sense of the word.  I have a lot of friends in the armed forces and several of which have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, however I connect best with these three gentlemen.

First, I will begin with my cousin Andy.  He went to college and got his degree, however he had always wanted to join.  Almost joining the army twice before, this December he officially enlisted.  He is in his mid-20’s and just now enlisted.  He is aware that initially he will be spending and training with all newly enlisted 18 year olds, however he feels honored to do so.  My family is somewhat of a military based one on that side so this news came with great joy when he officially announced it at our family Christmas party.  He plans to attempt to gain entry into Special Forces, however as he told us this has an 80% failure rate, so he is prepared to do other things within the army.  He is a hero because he is truly chasing his dream and serving his country.  Even after several years of possible enlistment, he eventually accepted his dream and is now going for it.

The other two gentlemen have both served over seas.  Dillon was a member of my baseball team in High School.  He had a great deal of raw talent, but had tons of energy and was quite aggressive at times.  Eventually he went onto to college to play baseball.  However, like Andy, his true dream was to be in the Army.  After his first of school he joined and was sent overseas very quickly.  I was able to see him over break and some of the things he said would shock everyone.  We attempted to keep the mood happy and not talk about it, but naturally something’s came up and you could see how they still affected him.  Dillon, like Pat Tillman, gave up his athletic career to serve his country.  Sterling is an Infantry Medic in the army, meaning he is the company medic out there on the frontlines with the soldiers.  I was worked in a factor with Sterling over the summer with him side by side for several months.  The stories and truths he told me still shock me; and once again you could see how such experiences affected him.

Like I said these men don’t have the famous and publicized stories, however, all of them are heroes without question.

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CEdwards BP_7 Soldiers

If you are a follower of day time soap-operas, you know Brot Monroe from All My Children. In the storyline, Brot served in Iraq; and while serving, he fell in love with Taylor. He was badly injured in a Humvee explosion and suffered severe burns to his body. Brot made the decision to allow Taylor to believe that he was dead rather than have her deal with the reality of his life-threatening injuries. Eventually, he returned to Pine Valley to see his grieving fiancée in true “return from the dead” soap opera fashion. On the show, the audience saw the extent of Brot’s injuries when he returned. However, it was not extreme special effects or make-up. The injuries seen by audience on Brot Monroe were the actual injuries sustained by the actor J.R. Martinez, a veteran soldier who fought in Iraq.

Martinez used to be referred to as Corporal J.R. Martinez in the 101st Airborne Division. He enlisted in the army at only 19 years old and was sent to Iraq during the first invasion in March 2003. As he and his counterparts were riding in the Humvee, one of the tires struck a land mine. Every soldier, save Martinez, was able to escape the blazing vehicle. Martinez was stuck inside, completely conscious, for over 10 minutes. He had third-degree burns all over his body and was kept comatose for almost one month. He had to deal with the excruciating pain of the daily exfoliation of dead skin and constant burning sensation all over his body. He was kept from seeing his appearance for weeks but when he did he sank into a deep depression. Thankfully, he had the revelation that it was his character and not his appearance that should attract people to him. After 33 surgeries, Martinez went on to visit other soldiers in burn units across the nation and offer them a glimmer of hope. Soon after that, national media outlets began to inquire about his story and promote Martinez as a hero.

                                                                    

  J.R. Martinez unarguably holds many of the characteristics that we noted about heroes. His bravery is exemplified by his presence on national television despite the severe injuries he sustained to his face. He serves as an inspiration to soldiers everywhere who have been severely injured in combat and encourages them to believe in themselves. He is the quintessential role model and represents the idea that it is not what is on the outside that matters but what is on the inside. Among the classification of heroes, Martinez is a reluctant hero. He is an ordinary man who encountered and survived extraordinary circumstances and is helping others, as a result.

http://www.army.mil/article/50855/From_hospital_to_Hollywood__a_Soldier_s_story/

 

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The Unthinking Hero (JKelly 7)

Without a second thought I can say with certainty that soldiers are heroes. Past, present and future soldiers have lain down their lives to protect the ideals and freedom of this country. While people may argue to the opposite position, referencing someone or other whom used their military power for  “evil”, we cannot condemn a group of men and women who have overall done so much to aid in the continued democracy of our country. In the united states army the motto is “This we’ll defend”. It is with this motto burned into their souls that young men left their homes and joined the fight in World War II on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944. It was here, so far away from home that many men transcended the plane of soldier to become a hero.

A boy from a farm in Wisconsin, Howard Hardrath, enlisted in 1942 into the 313th infantry. The company was present on the beaches for D Day, but it wasn’t until Hardrath was in the hedgerows of France, a month after D Day, that he came across a man in need of saving. Hardrath heard the pained cries of an injured man from his ditch and crawled over to see three men in heap on the bottom of a ditch. While two of three were already gone and the third “looked like he was a goner” with a serve head wound, Hardrath still pulled the man out of the ditch and saved his life. After saving the man Hardrath didn’t get a name or anything else about the man but simply went back to the fight, hoping the wounded soldier would be okay.

55 years later, now old an man, Hardrath coincidentally overheard a man at the reunion of his company talking about how he received his purple heart. Turns out this man, another member of his company and native of Wisconsin, Jim O’Neil, was the very man Mr. Hardrath had saved all the years ago. O’Neil thanked his long unknown savior, as did his 23 relatives that would not have been born without him. Hardrath, now 94, says “I was just doing what had to be done, and I’m so happy I did. After all, the O’Neils have eight children, so I know I did the world a good turn” (Hendrick 2000).

I can honestly say that soldiers are heroes because of that statement from Mr. Hardrath. While he is not the boasting overly confident hero of ancient greece, he takes on a more “superman persona” of humility. Mr. Hardrath helped saved a man at the risk of his own life without even a thought. As spiderman’s uncle said “with great power, comes great responsibility”, and the great power that is our military should be honored by the responsibility taken by this soldier.

Article (Hardrath is also a friend of the family so some quotes come “straight from the horse’s mouth” so to speak) http://madmax.lmtonline.com/textarchives/052900/s2.htm (Hendrick 2000)

 

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VARGAS BLOG 7

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George Washington was a Soldier, Hero, President, and Sailor.  He was one of U.S. great military masterminds which helped lead the U.S. to win the revolutionary war against the British.  George Washington kept a journal of his journeys and battles through which we see the dangers and hardships he underwent.  He started his military career in 1753 where he was ordered to warn Fort LeBoeuf’s French commander to cease encroaching upon British-claimed territory.  He was said to handle things with natural instincts. George Washington’s skills were called once again to lead the American forces during the war for independence because of his experience and ability to handle harsh weather conditions which made him an incredible asset.

George Washington is a hero because in his time, America was young and during a war for independence, he stepped up to be the leader that the Americans needed to defeat the British.  He was actually known not to like war much but he had a skill for it.  He led the Americans to win the revolutionary war by winning battles and increasing morale when possible.  In the end his military logic, pride, experience,  victories, and leadership were all recognized which led to his importance in history and becoming the first president of the United States.

 

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington

 

http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312702/georgewashington.htm

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jkaufman6 Blog Post 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this blog we examine the heroism of soldiers, in the harsh reality of war. From the earliest times until today, countries have fought over land and been involved in major power disputes. The same is still true in modern day America, where thousands of soldiers have died fighting in wars such as Afghanistan and Iraq. These soldiers leave their families, jobs, and all other things behind to protect their country. One may ask does being involved in such terrible actions classify them as a true hero? A soldier fights for what they believe in and protects the ones they love, in the hopes of making the world a better place. In my eyes, this defines a true hero even in the mist of a bloodshed. A soldier represents a role model that demonstrates bravery, class and true character.

One great story I found of a war hero was Sgt. Dennis Weichel who was 29. Weichel, a Rhode Island National Guardsman, was killed in Afghanistan. This was a compelling war-zone story of heroism of a U.S. soldier who gave his own life to save an Afghan girl from certain injury. It started when he was riding along in a convoy in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan when some children were spotted on the road ahead. The children were picking up shell casings lying on the road when Weichel and other soldiers got out of their vehicles to get them out of the way of the heavy trucks in the convoy. The children moved but an Afghan girl went back on the road to pick up some more shells that lay underneath a passing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. Weichel saw the girl and quickly moved her out of the way from the moving armored truck and succeeded. However, he was unable to save himself from the truck and was run over by it. The girl had been saved but Weichel later died upon his injuries.

Dennis Weichel is a true hero for saving the life of another human being. He will always be remembered for his courageous, selfless and loyal actions during his service in Afghanistan. The bronze star he received is a just a little reminder of the sacrifices this soldier had to make in the hopes of a better society.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/hero-u-s-soldier-gives-life-to-save-afghan-girl/

 

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Jsilverman Blog 7-Soldier

Soldiers that fight for our country all over the world are considered the greatest heroes of all. They are not only fighting for themselves but for millions of other people who they will never even know. They protect our country from all threats and we wouldn’t have safety or freedom without them. One story that I thought was really heroic was the story of Sgt. Dennis Weichel.

One day in Afghanistan his convoy was riding along the road when they saw children picking up gun shells so along the side of the road so they could recycle them for money. Weichel and his crew stopped the truck to move the children out of the way as many more trucks would be coming by. All of the children had moved out of the way but at the last second a small afghani girl tried to run back in to the street quickly to grab a few extra shells. The truck that she tried to jump in front of was one of the most massive in all of the convoy, it weighed nearly 16 tons.

Weichel quicklly reacted and threw the girl out of the way but he could not move in time to save his own life. He was hit by the massive truck and died soon after due to injuries.

The reason I found this article so interesting was because even though the Afghani girl was not from the United States. He still realized that even though she was in the enemy country, she was only a child and was innocent and did not deserve to die. Because of his sacrifice, he is considered a hero, and he just saved the future of a young childs life.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/hero-u-s-soldier-gives-life-to-save-afghan-girl/

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Csilverman Blog 7

Just to start this blog off I would like to say that I believe soldiers are definitely considered heroes with the work and sacrifice that they give up on a day to day basis protecting our country. For my military hero I decided to talk briefly about the story of Merlin Germany, an 18 year old kid when he was enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003.

Merlin German was an 18 year old in the prime of his life when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003. He soon gained a reputation for being an outstanding leader, and became a sergeant the following year. In Iraq he and his fellow officers were entrusted with transporting cargo and prisoners, and were responsible for spotting improvised explosive devices (IED) on the dangerous roads that they traveled. During his first 6 months Sgt. German discovered 8 IEDs without incident but on February 21st 2005 an IED went off near there Hummer and Sgt German was covered in Flames. No one expected him to survive this incident but with help from his fellow marines he was rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment. Over the next 3 years this brave marine withstood over 100 surgeries and always had a smile on his face when visitors would come. He became known as the miracle man, unfortunately in 2008 he passed away after a skin-reconstruction operation was to much for his fragile body.

 

Before his death Merlin German established a foundation called Merlins Miracles, a nonprofit that provides grants to the families of children who are burn victims, to assist them with taking vacations and doing other things they enjoyed. Thanks to Sgt German many children will finally have a second chance at a normal life. I personally believe that Sgt German is just one great example of a soldier that can be considered a hero and there are millions of other brave individuals who served there countries in battle, both in America and across the world.

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Aly Quintana Blog #7

As a child, I used to think a hero was a person with super powers used to help people in need. Although I have gotten a little older and know the difference between fantasy and reality, my idea of the super hero is not much different. What has changed is my definition of super powers. What qualities are so selfless and courageous that would be like that of a super hero… a soldier, of course. Not too long ago, I recall reading about a soldier who exemplified my vision of a true super hero, Sgt. Dennis P. Weichel Jr.

Sgt. Dennis P. Weichel Jr. gave his life for an Afghan child on March 22, 2012.  While on duty in Afghanistan, their troops came across a group of children on the road. Weichel was among the soldiers who were trying to lead the children to safety so that the army vehicle could pass when a child attempted to retrieve an item from underneath a U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, known as an MRAP. As Weichel quickly moved her to safety, he was struck by the MRAP in the process. Having gone back to the Soldier’s creed, I find various promises a soldier makes; among which are: to place the mission first, serve the people of the US and be a guardian of freedom and the American way. Agt Weichel’s actions were above and beyond what he promised in the Soldier’s creed; possessing truly super hero qualities. 

Below is the link to the story.

http://jonathanturley.org/2012/03/30/sgt-dennis-weichel-american-hero/

 

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