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Lewis-McChord Army Ranger killed in action in Afghanistan

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Lewis-McChord-Army-Ranger-killed-in-action-in-Afghanistan-174123961.html

I consider any person who goes to war for their country to be a hero, but one that stands out is Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson.  He died in Afghanistan in a heavy firefight while leading and attack on an enemy position.  Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson was a Ranger in the United States army.  He had previously served one deployment in Iraq and three deployments in Afghanistan.  He was also highly decorated during his time in the army and received the Purple Heart upon his death.

To me, this man is certainly an American war hero.  He dedicated his life to protecting his country and served many tours in the Middle East fighting the war against terror.  His sacrifice allows us to live a better life.  Sgt. Macpherson chose to put himself in harm’s way, not once, but five times.  Unfortunately he paid the ultimate price for his heroism.  For these reasons I believe Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson is a hero.

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ABebout – Blog 7

 

The role of a soldier can be viewed as a hero and an antihero. This ambiguousness of whether or not a soldier is a hero stems from many different issues: the war that the soldiers are fighting in, the bloodshed, the brutality of the war, political affairs, etc. For example, many people consider the Vietnam War as an unnecessary war, and believe that the lives lost did not serve a greater purpose. Others consider young men and women, risking their lives to fight for their country, as noble heroes. There is so much grey area when it comes to the role of a soldier. Generally, they are viewed as heroes in their home country, but viewed as villains by the opposition.

One of the most recognized heroes in our militaristic history is General Norman Schwarzkopf. He recently died last December, and his role in America is well known throughout our nation and world. He commanded Operation Desert Storm, which was a mission that successfully drove the Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. He also volunteered for the Vietnam War, and was awarded three Silver Stars for bravery – including one for saving fellow soldiers from a minefield – a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and three Distinguished Service Medals for his noble actions throughout this war. After the Vietnam War, he was also one of the few military officials that decided to stay in military service and help rebuild the battered Army into a powerful, modernized all-volunteer force.

Even Schwarzkopf, who was known throughout history as one of the iconic military heroes, questioned the necessity of most recent wars – Gulf War and Iraq War included. These soldiers who fought in these wars are not given as much recognition as other soldiers who have fought in more “successful” wars. The soldiers from the Vietnam War are an excellent example. With a successful history of winning wars, the United States originally viewed the Vietnam War as a valorous battle.  However, so many soldiers were killed, and the ones that did survive suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Many people agreed that the cause that they were fighting for wasn’t worth all the bloodshed. The Vietnamese especially did not view American soldiers as heroes, but instead as oppressors who murdered innocent civilians.

Site: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/27/gen-norman-schwarzkopf-who-led-coalition-forces-in-persian-gulf-war-dies/#ixzz2I0SW5R3l

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Crispi Blog 7

I would like to salute Caleb Campbell, a West Point grad, lieutenant in the US Army and aspiring NFL Linebacker. Campbell had always had a passion for two things in his life, the Army and Football. He was able to live out his dream my attending West Point and quickly grew into an All-American caliber player and was regarded as one of the best Linebackers in the country and one of the best West Point players to ever be produced. Something about Campbell that I admire as a hero was what happened to him after his West Point career was concluded. When these recruited athletes enter a service academy to play collegiate football, they are promised the right to be waived of service if they get picked up by a professional team. But after Campbell was drafted and reported for training camp, Army revised their policy and did not even notify Campbell until mid-way through camp. He would have to return and serve for two years before being able to be released early.

This made national headlines, raised eyebrows and I recall as a high school athlete who Army was recruiting; I became disgusted by this and felt bad for Campbell. Everyone was outraged over Army’s decision except for Caleb Campbell who handled the situation with great class and said “he went to the Army to serve, so he had to go through with his commitment.” While I think he should of fought it, Campbell did not get phased by this and proudly served our nation and continues to do so today, as he still pursues an NFL career as his 2 years just passed and he is now eligible for the NFL. Not many things are harder in life than serving for the Army and doing that while preparing to get picked up by an NFL team which is one of the most competitive things that a human being can endure, I salute Campbell for his perseverance, dedication to the country, class and commitment to following his dreams.

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3502211

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JHarris Blog 7

I think that many soldiers could rightfully be seen as heroes. For example, Sergeant 1st Class Alwyn Cashe should definitely be viewed as a hero. He was inside a vehicle when it caught fire and it was thought the seven men inside had no chance of survival. But Cashe, who was covered in diesel fuel, pulled the driver out of the car and to safety. Then he went back to the car to try and save other men when his uniform caught on fire. With help he was able to carry another man away from the flames. Now in only his body armor, helmet, and burnt melted skin he went back to the car and saved another soldier. At this point his skin was peeling off from the flames, but still he went back and ended up saving the seven men. After all the soldiers he saved had been seen by the doctor Cashe was determined to have second and third degree burns on over 90% of his body and was sent with the other men to the hospital. Unfortunately five of the men he saved died from the burns and the last of the men to die was Cashe. I think Cashe should be considered a hero because he risked his life, not just once or twice but SEVEN times in an attempt to save those he loved!! And even though five of those men did not end up surviving long term, they were able to say goodbye to their families and I am sure this gave Cashe a sense of peace as he also passed away. Being a hero is doing something for the greater good of others and this is exactly what Cashe did and why I think he should be considered a hero.

For Picture and News articles please visit:

http://www.stripes.com/recognition-sought-for-soldier-s-heroic-acts-1.156727

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Trent Steelman: Soldier, Athlete, Student. (Phinney)

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-08/sports/35701628_1_trent-steelman-navy-football-team-army-navy-game

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1438081-army-navy-game-armys-trent-steelman-i-thought-we-had-it

Often times when contemplating military heroes, we think of those who have served overseas, those who have been involved in dangerous missions, and those who have lost their lives protecting our country. However, I feel there is one group of soldiers that is often overlooked as heroes, the United States Military Academy Corps of Cadets.

Trent Steelman is a senior member of this corps. Four years ago, at age 18, he passed up the opportunity to play for big name D1 football teams to be one of our military’s future leaders.

During his time at West Point, Steelman had an exceptional football career, running 3,320 yards and scoring 45. Although he has the potential to play professionally, Steelman told USA Today, “I would love [to play in the NFL]. But at the same time, I know what my calling is.” This quote says it all. Steelman, as every member of the Corps of the Cadets, is still willing to risk everything to serve his country, just as he was at age 18.

Although he has not been overseas, nor has he experienced dangerous missions, he will in a few months when he graduates as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Trent Steelman has already dedicated his life to this country many times over, and if necessary, will put his life down to protect our freedoms. To me, this is the definition of a hero, sacrificing your life for the lives of thousands of others.

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EClausen Heroes Blog 7

When first thinking about military heroes, the first person that comes to mind is Pat Tillman. He was an NFL player that gave up his football career to enlist in the United States Army after the attacks of September 11th. Although heroic in his actions, he ultimately died in battle by friendly fire. Tillman’s actions showed that just being rich and an athlete does not constitute being a hero. He went above and beyond and wanted to help people and his country. In my opinion, being a hero has many definitions. It could be athletic, it could be family related, but in every definition, it involves helping another person.

Tillman, in many senses could have become heroic through sports, however the path he chose was the Army. If you ask anyone, the purpose of life and working is to earn money so you can live. Tillman could have had all the money he wanted, all the fame, but instead he wanted to risk his life for our country after we had been attack in September of 20ol. I think he is a true hero because he was willing to give up that American dream of money and fame to put his life on the line. Money is a driving force in our world, and being able to give that up willingly and without regret was heroic in itself. Unfortunately, like most heroes, epic heroes, they have a tragic downfall. Unfortunately he was killed during battle, which although tragic, is not completely unexpected in battle. His downfall however, was being shot by friendly fire, which again although tragic, would be his typical heroic downfall.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/t/pat_tillman/index.html

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JVonick Blog 7

http://abcnews.go.com/US/iraq-war-veteran-soldier-legs-life/story?id=14550018

2nd Lt. Mark Little was a 24-year-old college graduate who had enlisted in the Army. While in Iraq six years ago, a roadside bomb destroyed both of Little’s legs. Little now has two prosthetic legs, but he’ll never have his real legs again. The article above perfectly describes how great of a hero Little is.

Soldiers are the kinds of heroes that choose their path but are then put into difficult situations. You could say that all soldiers are heroes because of their bravery and the fact that they’re risking their lives for their country. If you don’t think that, however, a soldier can be a hero because of how they respond to a particular setback. Little chose to go to the Army, but his situation put him in the situation to do one of two things: sulk over what happened all the time, or be positive about it and look at how it makes you stronger. Little did the latter, and that’s why I think of him as a hero: Even though he lives on missing not one, but two legs, he is still positive about it. On the day that he lost his legs, while on a stretcher, he jokingly said “My mom’s gonna kick my ass.” Nothing more needs to be said about that comment: he tried to smile out of something as horrible as losing both of your legs. That’s a hero to me: someone who adapts and overcomes obstacles, and to this day Little is living his life to the best of his ability, despite not having a single leg.

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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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Jlopes Blog Post 7

Soldiers to me are the bravest people on the planet. I can’t believe people really fight, kill, and protect for me, someone they have no clue exists. I have not done anything for them, and yet they care about my life and freedom. I couldn’t describe my gratefulness towards them. I wish warfare didn’t exist and they could enjoy being with their families and friends as I do every single day, without a care in the world. Soldiers are certainly heroes without question.

The story of John F. Baker Jr is one that caught my eye upon research. He fought in Vietnam. He stood at 5’2 and weighed only 105 pounds in high school. He then joined the gymnastics team and built up his physique to make up for his height. On November 5th, 1966 his unit was sent to reinforce American troops that were pinned. The lead scout was then shot in the face and gunfire erupted in all directions. Snipers and camoflaged machine guns were killing troops everywhere. Baker, along with another soldier managed to escape the gunfire, kill 4 enemy snipers, destroy 2 bunkers, and carriy away 8 wounded soldiers that were significantly bigger than him.

I’m a small guy like Baker, and after high school I considered joining the service. I think Baker’s story proves that your size does not prove your strength as so many people think. He was one of, if not the shortest soldier out there, and yet did something no “average” man could most likely do. That’s a hero. I am amazed.

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CWhite27 Blog 7 Soldiers

Ben Kopp from Minneapolis was a soldier that completed two tours in Iraq by the time he was 22, and was returning back overseas to serve in Afghanistan hunting the Taliban. Right before he was about to be sent back home he was wounded saving his unit during a firefight. It was said that he was airlifted off of where the battle took place and stayed alive on the journey around the world to Washington, DC at the medical hospital there. His mother rushed to be by his side where she watched him go through a tough battle on trying to stay alive but died on July 18. Even though Ben died he continued to save peoples lives afterwards. Kopp had made himself an organ donor on his driver’s license and had told his mother when he turned 21 that this is what he wanted to do if anything ever happened to him. Since he wanted that he has saved as many as 75 lives as well as prolonged or enriched peoples live from transplants of his organs, tissue, and bones.

I think that Ben is absolutely a hero not only because he died serving his country and protecting his unit, but even after his loss he was able to help others live by giving them his organs. It is people like Ben that will live on as a hero even after they have passed. Numerous people donate their organs every day which as well classify them as a hero. Ben not only donated his organs but he was fighting over seas to serve his country, which as itself is a huge heroic act. Being wounded while protecting his unit also classifies him as a hero, because not every one would place their life on the line to protect others. Ben Kopp is a hero in my eyes and I am so glad we have people like him fighting for our country. 

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/10/earlyshow/main5229532.shtml

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