Distinguished service

If you’re like me, that last post about Hamas-Nazis and their lies about the Holocaust probably left a sour taste in your mouth. So, as a palate cleanser, let me offer the amazing story of Green Beret Master Sgt. Brendan O’Connor, who today received the Distinguished Service Cross for exceptional bravery under fire from the Taliban in Afghanistan:

As the Taliban machine-gunners zeroed in, Master Sgt. Brendan O’Connor pressed himself into the dirt.

Then he did something that the manuals don’t teach: O’Connor shucked his body armor to make himself a smaller target for the gunners. Small enough to crawl 200 feet in a shallow ditch to the aid of wounded soldiers.

O’Connor says he did it because it was a job that needed to be done. He doesn’t think of himself as a hero.

But his superiors disagree. They say that his courage stood out on a day when many members of a Fort Bragg-based Special Forces unit showed extraordinary bravery.

Four of the soldiers have already been awarded the Silver Star for valor. That’s the Army’s third-highest award.

O’Connor is to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in a ceremony planned for April 30. Only the Medal of Honor ranks higher in recognition of courage in combat.

“Sergeant O’Connor’s extraordinary actions, performed at tremendous risk of life, successfully rescued two wounded comrades, saved the lives of 21 American soldiers and prevented his detachment’s destruction,” said Capt. Chris Augustine, a spokesman for the 7th Special Forces Group.

You can read the whole story here. If it doesn’t have your jaw dropping at least once, you’re not human. You can see video of today’s ceremony here, including his wife, who would probably kill him for being so foolhardy if she weren’t so glad to have him home. But don’t bother looking for this story in the major media; they’re not interested in uplifting stories from the war zone, which don’t fit their predetermined narrative of failure. Neither the Los Angeles Times nor The New York Times bothers with Sgt. O’Connor’s story, while the Washington Post carries the perfunctory AP wire story. A search of LexisNexis turns up just the AP article. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am disappointed.

But, enough of that. Master Sergeant O’Connor received a well-deserved reward, and his actions remind us that real heroes are often everyday people like us, the folks next door. They don’t make millions to throw a ball down-field or say a few lines in a movie, but they are terribly underpaid to put their lives on the line each and every day. I’m not ashamed to say I stand in awe of people like Brendan O’Connor.

Congratulations and welcome home, Sergeant O’Connor. This one’s for you: thumbs_up beer

 

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One Response to Distinguished service

  1. Lance Thompson says:

    This is exactly the sort of story that was front page (or second page) news in home town papers all across the country in World War II, but gets almost no mention in the media these days. Thanks for bringing this commendable soldier to our attention.

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