Category Archives: Middle East

The last six seconds of their lives

Courtesy of JCscuba; I added the video immediately below.  Use the red link to view entire post.

There is nothing I can possible to add to this with the exception don’t miss the speechs below.

On Sat. November 13, 2014, at the Hyatt Under the Arch in St Louis, MO, Lt. Gen John Kelly delivered a speech to a packed house that would be become one of the most memorable moments in the lives of everyone in the room.

marine-emblemJust 4 days after his son, 1st LT.  Robert Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan, General Kelly came to St. Louis to address the crowd gathered there to celebrate the birth of the United States Marine Corps.


Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost’s entry control point.

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives.

With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.

Heck, they even leaned in.


The Warfighters – Season 1

It has been awhile since my last posting.  The reprehensible policies of the Obama Regime negated the valiant efforts of our troops, and at an egregious cost in American lives.  This episode is one in a series; About Rob Guzzo, a Navy Seal; about the kind of foe we confront, their ideology, tactics, attitudes, and the use of women and children as combatants.   Episode Six:

Entire series:  The Warfighters – Season 1

The History Channel series features stories of battlefield drama from Iraq and Afghanistan told by the special operators who were there. Driven by first person storytelling, archival footage, and original cinematic sequences, each episode is a visceral perspective of the human experience of war.

Combat Outpost Keating “‘The Outpost’ That Never Should Have Been”

As a preface to this most treasonous deed, foisted on troops who were about to come safely home by (omitted) armchair Generals, and a Government quite adept at aiding and abetting the enemy with their “rules of engagement”;  I ask you to please view a post I made Oct 16th, 2012 on Afghanistan, all the reasons why the U.S. should have gotten the hell out of the U.N. long ago, and told that globalist pack to fend for themselves. Afghanistan – Vietnam revisited

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‘The Outpost’ That Never Should Have Been

“They thought they were going home: ‘We have survived. We made it.

I only have two more days and then I’m going home. I will see my wife.

I will see my baby. I survived. I lived.’ … And all of a sudden word came in that their tours were extended three or four months. It was crushing … because they were convinced that this decision would mean somebody would lose their life who ultimately would not have.”

“One only need watch the movie, “Restrepo,” named after the first medic to lose his life in the cinema veritas format, meaning actual footage of actual combat, no actors; those that die actually die and never return home with the exception of being in a flag draped coffin.” 

Reposted in part from JCscuba –  Learn much more about the tragic event HERE

           On the particulars of the attack on Combat Outpost Keating on Oct. 3, 2009

“It’s a nightmare, and it’s one that I hear about from these soldiers to this day. A lot of them are still grappling with the terror of that day, but … you’re in this camp you’ve always known has been vulnerable. It’s so vulnerable that even to go outside to go to the bathroom you have to put on your gear because you might be shot, and all of a sudden you look up and there are so many muzzle flashes and explosions and smoke coming from the hills aimed at you that, to return fire, you wouldn’t even know where to start. The ground is crackling like popcorn with bullets. Eventually the camp catches on fire from the rocket-propelled grenades and mortars coming in. … It is one of the most well-planned and carefully choreographed attacks in the history of the Afghan war. People in this country think of Taliban as cavemen from a previous century, but whatever you think of their ideology, these are fierce and smart fighters.”


Born on the Fourth of July – John Wayne Walding

I was made aware of this Green Beret via Joe Dan Media’s [Intellectual Froglegs] latest post on YT.  Among my web search results, the most recent  post:  Courtesy of 5 Toes Custom; founded by Mr. Walding.

 About John Wayne Walding

john-wayne-walding-3rd-sfgSFC (R) John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with 7 of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg NC. He has a beautiful wife Amy and four children Emma 10, Sam 9, Andie 4, and Hannah 1. He has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career at 3rd SFG he worked on ODA 396/3336 as A Special Forces Communications Sergeant and at the Sniper Detachment as a Sniper instructor. On April 6th 2008 during the battle of Shok Valley he was shot in his right leg resulting in becoming a below knee amputee. Post injury he attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee to ever become a Green Beret sniper. His military school experience includes: Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, 3rd SFG Advance Sniper, Special Forces Qualification course, Airborne and Air assault.

John’s awards and badges include: Silver Star, Bronze star, Purple Heart, Combat infantry badge, Airborne air assault and the special forces tab. John participated in numerous battles during his deployments; most famous was the Battle of Shok Valley, which you can read about in the book “No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan” by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.

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Operation Anaconda – The Battle of Roberts Ridge / U.S. Marines In Sangin, Afghanistan

Published on Dec 6, 2012
The true story of an Al Qaeda ambush on a U.S Rangers Special Operations Quick Reaction Force during the Afghanistan war in 2002. In the tradition of Blackhawk Down, the story of the battle is told here through a detailed recreation of events, supported by real gun camera footage and exclusive interviews with U.S. commanders, soldiers and F-15 and F-16 pilots involved in the operation.
“On March 2, 2002, U.S. intelligence launched Operation Anaconda; having noted a concentration of al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the Shah-i-Kot Valley, they dispatched MAKO-30, a seven-man navy SEAL reconnaissance team, attempted a helicopter landing on Takur Ghar, the highest overlooking peak. Tasked with calling in air strikes, MAKO-30 found its landing zone to be a well-concealed al-Qaeda camp; the team’s Chinook helicopter was driven off by withering ground fire. When SEAL Neil Roberts fell out of the chopper, the others insisted on going back for him. With the team pinned down by enemy fire and facing annihilation, commanders dispatched a quick reaction force of army Rangers to rescue them. Thus began a harrowing 17-hour drama every bit as perilous and courageous as the Rangers’ ill-fated Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia.

NOTE: 3-13-15  The video I had originally posted “is no longer available”.  typical of YouTube.  I located this video on Operation Anaconda from another YT channel.

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Published on Aug 8, 2012

Twenty segments of the U.S. Marines’ brave, demanding efforts in Sangin, Afghanistan over a 20 month period that include establishing a patrol base, combating Taliban insurgents, enemy force suppression, security patrols, IEDs, interacting with locals, interviews, and more!

Each segment begins with a brief description along with the name and rank of the Marine who produced it.

Video compilation by
USA Patriotism!
“Love and pride of America!”

“The U.S. Marines”…

American Pride –

‘Lone Survivor’: How Real Navy SEAL Ensured His Amazing Story Was Told Right

Movie Talk

By Matt McDaniel

Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch in 'Lone Survivor'

Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch in ‘Lone Survivor’ (Photo: Universal Pictures)

One of the problems with bringing a true story to the big screen is that the people who lived through the actual events are often not around to consult with the filmmakers to get the details right. That’s why it was so important for Marcus Luttrell to be involved with the making of the upcoming war drama “Lone Survivor.” He was the only man left to tell the story.

The film recreates Operation Red Wings, a four-man SEAL operation in Afghanistan in June 2005. Mark Wahlberg plays Luttrell, who was on a reconnaissance mission with his team when they were discovered by a small group of goatherds. Their position compromised, the SEALs allowed the civilians to go free; they then reported the team’s position to nearby Taliban forces.

The team came under heavy fire, and a grenade explosion sent Luttrell tumbling down a rocky hill. In the exclusive behind-the-scenes video below, Luttrell can be seen explaining the details of the firefight to director Peter Berg. “I took a fall,” Luttrell says. “[My] chest came up over my hips and I started flipping.” He was knocked unconscious, breaking his back, wrist, and nose along the way. “As the sun came up, I had enough. I’ll just engage until they kill me.”

Watch an Exclusive Look at the Making of ‘Lone Survivor’:

The three other SEALs in Luttrell’s team — Michael P. Murphy (played in the film by Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (played by Emile Hirsch), and Matthew Axelson (played by Ben Foster) — were killed in the battle. When Luttrell came to, he was able to evade the Taliban fighters and find refuge with nearby Pashtun tribesmen who put themselves in danger to hide him until a rescue team could arrive.

Peter Berg, who has experience with both inspiring true stories (“Friday Night Lights”) and Middle Eastern intrigue (“The Kingdom”), says that both he and his cast understood the pressure they were under when telling a story that was both so emotional and so recent. “The actors knew they had a responsibility to capture that warrior spirit that these men had,” says Berg. And the filmmaker credits Luttrell with insuring the production was accurate. “He was going to make sure I understood what happened on that mountain,” Berg explains.

The real Marcus Luttrell (L) and Mark Wahlberg

The real Marcus Luttrell (L) and Mark Wahlberg (Photo: Universal/Getty Images)

Luttrell, Dietz, and Axelson were each awarded the Navy Cross for their part in the battle. Lt. Murphy — who knowingly exposed his position to the enemy so he could call in for assistance — was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the first person to receive the nation’s highest military honor for the war in Afghanistan.

Luttrell says, “When I started doing speaking tours, that was to keep the memory of my teammates alive.” He concludes that the movie adaptation of his book is the best way to get their story to the widest possible audience. He says, “No matter how many times I got up to tell that story, or how many people read that book, it’s nothing compared to how many people will watch that film. So my job is done.”

Lone Survivor” opens in limited release on December 27, and nationwide on January 10.

The SEALs of Operation Red Wings

The SEALs of Operation Red Wings (Marcus Luttrell is 3rd from the right) (Photo: US Navy/Getty)