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Colby
11/25/2008 10:30am,
Chesty, and Dan Daly would be proud...

http://www.military.com/news/article/marine-corps-news/marine-makes-insurgents-pay-the-price.html


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.”




© Copyright 2008 Marine Corps News.

Scrapper
11/25/2008 10:35am,
That's what I like to hear. Asymmetric warfare!

That's what the world's largest military budget does. It gives our boys the best training, weapons, and armor in the world; and makes the American fighting man the scariest thing on the battlefield.

I think it's awesome.

jnp
11/25/2008 10:42am,
Sounds like someone deserves a medal.

Semper Fidelis leathernecks.

Eddie Hardon
11/25/2008 10:45am,
Great Read. Well done the sniper.

You might (might) also appreciate "Sniper One" by SGT Dan Mills. Sniper team leader (UK) and their escapades in Iraq before things started to calm down a bit.

E-Van
11/25/2008 10:53am,
HOOO RAAAAAA

foxguitar
11/25/2008 11:54am,
**** Yeah Go Marines

DerAuslander
11/25/2008 11:57am,
Damn proud.

Colby
11/25/2008 12:44pm,
Great Read. Well done the sniper.

You might (might) also appreciate "Sniper One" by SGT Dan Mills. Sniper team leader (UK) and their escapades in Iraq before things started to calm down a bit.

Eddie,

I only ever worked with a couple of Brits, and they were good-to-go. The Brit civilians were an entirely different kettle of fish. It's strange to me how the UK can produce some great warriors, while the civilian population is largely devoid of masculinity...

What ever happened to that "we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender..." spirit?

That other video I posted regarding the UK Irish Ranger unit was more of what I was expecting regular Brits to behave like. You guys need to get your firearms back, have open season on chavs and get on with it.

Just take care of Nigella Lawson...:love7:

ShaolinKungPao
11/25/2008 1:25pm,
2/7 has been hit pretty hard compared to the other 29 Palms units. Good news is refreshing. their upcoming home rotation is more than well deserved.

Colby
11/25/2008 1:30pm,
I have the utmost respect for the 29 stumps guys...

omoplatypus
11/25/2008 2:31pm,
Marine Corps, **** Yeah!

Gezere
11/25/2008 3:14pm,
Fucking Marines! They never learn to play nice with pple!

Godspeed home!

mrm1775
11/26/2008 12:16am,
Great Read. Well done the sniper.

You might (might) also appreciate "Sniper One" by SGT Dan Mills. Sniper team leader (UK) and their escapades in Iraq before things started to calm down a bit.It wasn't a sniper. It was a designated marksmen. Just a basic rifleman who is an expert shooter and given either an M16 with an optic and a bipod or occasionally an M14 for the task. There is one in every squad.

The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.

TheRuss
11/26/2008 12:36am,
Brought a smile to my face. Afghanistan needs more Marines.

Eddie Hardon
11/26/2008 6:22am,
Eddie,

I only ever worked with a couple of Brits, and they were good-to-go. The Brit civilians were an entirely different kettle of fish. It's strange to me how the UK can produce some great warriors, while the civilian population is largely devoid of masculinity...

What ever happened to that "we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender..." spirit?

That other video I posted regarding the UK Irish Ranger unit was more of what I was expecting regular Brits to behave like. You guys need to get your firearms back, have open season on chavs and get on with it.

Just take care of Nigella Lawson...:love7:

Well done, Sir, you are a Sophisticate....Nigella Lawson, how right you are...

Minor point, my previous Boss was Royal Irish Regt - if you but knew....

Cheers

hungryjoe
11/26/2008 8:02am,
Good find Colby.

You don't hear about the good stuff on CNN, MSNBC and especially the big three networks.

Semper Fi, do or die.