Friday, July 15, 2005

Where Do We Find Such Men?

If you ever doubt the courage, determination and compassion of American soldiers, watch this video from the Army Times. During a routine patrol in Baghdad on June 2, PFC Stephen Tschiderer, a combat medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper. Saved by his body armor, PFC Tschiderer popped to his feet, took cover behind a HUMVEE, located the sniper's position and relayed it to his fellow soldiers. Then, Tschiderer helped a team from the 256th Brigade Combat Team track down the sniper, who was wounded in an a gunfire exchange with coalition forces. At the end of the engagement, it was PFC Tschiderer who put the cuffs on the sniper and provided medical aid to the terrorist who tried kill him just moments before.

BTW, the video was taken by the insurgents, who apparently hoped to record the death of an American soldier. Instead, they witnessed the very best qualities of our troops, as exemplified by a young combat medic. As for the character of the terrorists, listen to the sound track of the video clip. As they took tried to kill Private Tschiderer, you'll hear them chanting "Allah Akhbar" (God is Great), over and over again.

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