It is never about service. It is always about sacrifice. My dad was career Army. I can remember him waking up at night and walking the floor in the family room. I didn’t know about the nightmares until much later.
 June 24, 2016 at 10:53am
My father was a 3 war vet (WWII, Korea, Vietnam).
For the Marines out there:
When the Marines landed on Guadalcanal, the 121st Medical Service Battalion, Americal Division landed with them. The Army had a full service medical battalion that the Marines needed. My dad was 1st SGT, Ambulance and Litter Company. He always praised the courage of the USMC.
My tour was a walk in the sun compared to my father’s service.
 June 24, 2016 at 9:22am
I know that the USMC, rightly so, views the flag raising as the icon of the heart of being a Marine. The fog of war often blurs what truly happened. We know one thing though. Every single Marine and Navy medic on Iwo Jima is a hero just as the men who raised both flags are heroes.
To any Marine on this site: The Marines who raised the famous flag received the Medal of Honor. Did the Marines who raised the first flag receive the medal?
If you have not read The Flags of Our Fathers, I encourage you to do so.
Who the hell ever told you that the flag raisers got the Medal of Honor? That's completely untrue. They may have received some kind of decoration, but the Medal of Honor is only given for the most extraordinary acts of courage at risk of life and limb. If a Marine were ever offered the Medal for any lesser accomplishment most if not all would refuse it.
 June 22, 2016 at 11:01am
Like the old saying: For want of a nail a kingdom was lost.
 June 20, 2016 at 9:55am
There is no mention that this training was in a classroom. The story states: “The (Cincinnati) Enquirer reports 64-year-old James Baker was shot Saturday while students practiced weapon malfunction drills.”
The weapons malfunction drill I went through years ago was done on a range with live ammo. It is hard to correct a malfunction if there is no round in the weapon. It would not surprise me if the training was conducted on the firing line and the student turned the weapon toward the instructor.
I guess time has changed the recoil impact. When I was in the Army, we had to qualify on the M14 and the M16A1. Each of us had to put the butt against our groin and fire the M16 just to prove it had minimal recoil.
This fool is a natural born wimp. Nothing can be done to rescue him from his fear. Can you imagine this mattress stain pulling point man? I am glad he is a liberal idiot. At least he is not endangering my son and his men.
 June 14, 2016 at 10:34am
I agree with everything you wrote except for the fact this jihadist was a legal gun owner.
 June 13, 2016 at 1:21pm
I believe all of us think that we would be brave enough to charge a killer unarmed.
I don’t think that is true. Charging one at a time is just a recipe for death. Trained soldiers who are armed don’t openly charge an armed enemy without supporting fire. Try to imagine charging over the dead, dying, wounded and persons hiding behind tables and chairs. You may be willing to accept death. The question is how many others would be willing.
Being a trained soldier myself I feel I can reply. When advancing we are trained to access the situation while directing controlled fire on a target. When out of ammo and still in the battle. Eliminate the target however necessary. Ie bottles, rocks, sticks,or stools. Unballance the enemy until they can be engaged hand to hand.
June 13, 2016 at 12:08pm
I neither support nor like the gay/lesbian life style or their agenda. But, take the word “gay” out of the story, I and I believe we would still be outraged that 50+ Americans were killed by a Muslim on jihad. I believe most of us would be sadden by this young man’s call to his mother. I am glad he had the chance to talk with her. I hope he had some comfort because of it.
 June 13, 2016 at 12:02pm
I think you are projecting. We all like to think we are the brave and will die like lions and not sheep.
I know from personal experience how terrifying charging a person shooting at you is and I had my own M16. Trained soldiers can do it most of the time because they know that they have other brothers on the left and right. The Medal of Honor was created to recognize those soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines, who do beyond what is expected of a trained soldier.
I really question if enough untrained people can gather together, charge unarmed through those hiding on the floor, behind tables, behind each other, running away or already dead, dying or wounded to take out a killer.
The folks who CCW may or may not have the training or the courage to respond decisively, although they have at least a chance.
 June 13, 2016 at 11:49am
 June 13, 2016 at 11:47am
I hope that you never find out just what a person says just before dying from a violent surprise shooting. What he did and said is not unusual.
Yes, he is dead.
 June 13, 2016 at 11:21am
Calling for MOM and telling you to tell his wife (and kids} he loves her are comments heard often.
 June 13, 2016 at 11:12am
As odd as the following sounds, it is the truth. I hope liberals get the message;
Listen to Kenny Rodgers’ “Coward of the County”.
Maybe then you will understand why many legal gun owners know that violence does need to be met with overwhelming violence.
 June 10, 2016 at 10:21am
My mom died 2 weeks after our youngest was born. Mom got to see Pat baptized. It was her last lucid moment. Mom was my best friend.