Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Marines Teach Afghan Insurgents a Painful Lesson

I shall always be grateful to the Marines for signing out an M79 grenade launcher to me in Iraq. All Americans should be proud of these great warriors.

The following article proves that some insurgents just have to learn the hard way that bad guys should never mess with the Marines:

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Marine Makes Insurgents Pay the Price

November 18, 2008
Marine Corps News by Cpl. James M. Mercure

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.

Shewan has historically been a safe haven for insurgents, who used to plan and stage attacks against Coalition Forces in the Bala Baluk district.

The city is home to several major insurgent leaders. Reports indicate that more than 250 full time fighters reside in the city and in the surrounding villages.

Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines’ deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area.

“The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”

The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.

“The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”

During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”

After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.

“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”

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Sounds like some officer better get off his ass and make some award recommendations....

Charles M. Grist


  1. Good Sir, I would like to thank you for all your service. I know that you have heard that before, but from me it is sincere. I can promise you that. I want you to know that people like you are in my prayers each and every night. I too have a brother who, thankfully returned from a recent tour in Herat. I am sure that you are familiar with that area. I appreciate your bravery, your selfless sacrafice and your courage. Dude, you a freaking super hero. One only needs to look at your accomplishments. I am a proud father and husband and I am able to live my life due to people like you. God bless you!

  2. Oh what a powerful victory against a third rate opponent. I think the marines should be ashamed of themselves by invading and killing innocent freedom fighters. The marines are the bad guys by supporting a government whose major intent is to protect the proposed oil pipeline in Afghanistan.

  3. Hans:
    There is no shame in killing murderers whose claim to fame is killing innocent civilians. In fact, there is nothing more rewarding than removing from this earth those who helped kill thousands of Americans on September 11th. Islamic fundamentalism has nothing to do with "freedom"; it has to do with the new fascism that these slimeballs want use to enslave the rest of the world. You need to get a grip on reality, Hans....