In late November, 2005, during an assault on a house in Mosul, Iraq, filled with terrorists, PFC Stephen Sanford of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, was hit in the leg. The house erupted in rifle fire and grenades. Soldiers were hit and dying on the first floor of the house.Where do we find such men?
Though wounded in the leg, Sanford charged back in with his team, laying down suppressive fire while his team mates evacuated the wounded. On the second evacuation of wounded, Sanford again (bleeding) kept the terrorists at bay while the wounded were evac'd. While assisting the last wounded soldier out of the house, a terrorist shot the soldier assisting the wounded troop. The soldier dropped to the floor - shot through the neck.
Sanford ran back and began performing first aid, then CPR trying to keep the soldier alive. Terrorists sensed Sanford's weak position and tried to gun him down. While performing CPR, he was shot twice in the back while trying to protect the wounded soldier with his body. Sanford then turned and fought back, killing one terrorist, but getting hit twice more.
Sanford continued fighting, trying to save his comrade, when the loss of blood was too much and he lost consciousness...
...Sanford was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace, who traveled to Alaska to perform the ceremony. “As he was pinning the medal on, his hands kinda shook a little bit, and he said ‘Sorry, this is the first time I’ve given one of these out.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry General, it’s my first one too.’”...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Ignored by NPR, Chapter III
You won't hear about this hero by listening to the nattering nabobs of negativism at NPR, or by reading the Washington Post or NY Times, but every American should know that men like these are fighting the jihadis every day in Iraq and Afghanistan: