PROFILES OF VALOR:

 MARINE CORPS MAJ. DOUGLAS ZEMBIEC


Major Douglas ZembiecHe is remembered as the “Lion of Fallujah,” a leader who took many risks in order to save the lives of others. Then-Marine Capt. Douglas Zembiec , a Naval Academy graduate born in Hawaii, served with Echo Company in war-torn Fallujah, where he and his men helped quell violence that rocked the city for some time.


During one skirmish, Zembiec’s team was providing back-up support for another Marine patrol that had encountered heavy insurgent fire. Zembiec led his men directly into the assault, where they encountered Ak-47 and RPG fire. The Marines radioed for a nearby tank to open fire, but received no response to their repeated requests for aid. Zembiec left his position on a rooftop, and ran out into the fray. Remarkably, he made it safely to the tank and directed its operators where to fire. The enemy were summarily dispatched.


Not long after that incident, Zembiec’s platoon was assaulted by insurgent fire from three sides, with only 20 feet of space between the platoon’s position and the insurgents. Zembiec was wounded by shrapnel, but continued to direct platoon fire and the evacuation of the wounded.


Zembiec, 34, was later killed in the line of duty while serving in Baghdad. He left behind his wife of two years and a one-year-old daughter. “I was with your son in Fallujah,” a Marine once told Zembiec’s father. “He was my company commander. If we had to go back in there, I would follow him with a spoon.” For his efforts in Fallujah, Zembiec was awarded the Bronze Star with combat “V’ for valor.



General George Patton insisted, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the brave men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men actually lived.’


Founding Patriot ,John Adams said: “1 am well aware of the toil and bood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. . I can see that the end is worth more than all the means....,.” Indeed it is!”


Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harms way around the world, and for their families ----- especially families of those who have given life in the defense of American liberty, while prosecuting the war with Jihadistan.



PROFILES OF VALOR:

 TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD


Four Apache helicopter pilots from Company B, 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment (Attack), 36th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), were providing air support for Marine and Iraqi soldiers in Ramadi as the ground forces searched for insurgents in the heavily populated town.


The pilots, 1st Lt. Matthew Salo, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Stacy, Chief Warrant Officer 4 William White , and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marcus Moore, heard an lED explode over an open mike, followed by additional IEDs and a firestorm of insurgent fire. Because vital communication equipment had been destroyed by the IEDs, the Marines on the ground had no way of contacting their command post about the attack.


The Apache pilots became the ground forces’ only means of communication. As the Marines began to evacuate the wounded, the pilots contacted the command post and drew fire away from the ground forces, even though they were unable to return fire because of the potential for civilian casualties.


Once the evacuation team removed the wounded, the Apaches went to refuel, only to find that their helicopters were severely damaged by gunfire. “We knew the mission was vital and we had to go back in,’ SaIo said. The flight crews flew two more missions into the battle that raged for seven hours, all the while providing communication and air support under enemy fire. Eventually the Marines were able to evacuate under the cover of the Apaches, preventing countless casualties. For their part, the pilots were each awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.




Source: Federalist Patriot

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