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November 09, 2007

What Happens If There Are Heroes But The MSM Ignores Them?

It looks like the blogs will have to do the job that the legacy media refuses to do.

On this Veterans Day weekend, take a moment and think about men like Army First Lt. Walter B. Jackson, recipient of the nation’s second highest award the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in Iraq. To date he has received no significant media coverage:

Lt. Jackson was engaged in combat operations with his unit against insurgents and while he attempted to recover a disabled vehicle, his unit came under heavy machine gun fire, which resulted in several Soldiers being wounded. As he applied first aid to a severely wounded comrade, he too was shot in the thigh.

Lt. Jackson’s citation in part reads: “Upon regaining consciousness after being shot, second lieutenant alternated between returning fire and administering first aid to the Soldier. Second Lt. Jackson was hit again with machine gun fire as he helped carry his wounded comrade to safety, but he never faltered in his aid. Although his own severe wounds required immediate evacuation and surgical care, 2nd Lt. Jackson refused medical assistance until his wounded comrade could be treated. Second Lt. Jackson’s selfless courage under extreme enemy fire was essential to saving another Soldier’s life and is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service…”

Before the presentation, Lt. Col. Thomas C. Graves, former Task Force commander, recounted part of that September 2006 day when he arrived at the medical aid station to see his wounded Soldiers and the first words to come from 2nd Lt. Jackson were of concern for the wounded captain he’d rescued.

“All the leadership schools, classes and years of experience never really prepare you for that moment in time when you are standing among heroes who have given their all, where their first concerns still remain with their fellow Soldiers,” he said. “It reinforces duty and commitment unlike any other experience.”

More at America’s North Shore Journal.

Since this is Veterans Day weekend, I am thinking that if circumstances allow, I may post a few of these forgotten/ignored stories about today’s military heroes. I know Blackfive is a great source with their ‘Someone You Should Know Series’ but I’d like to find some other ones. If you have any thoughts, shoot me an email at Drewmtips (the little at thingy) gmail.com.

Also, take a look at the Project VALOUR-IT link in the headlines and consider making a donation over the weekend.


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