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Modern Men of Valor – Alpha Company Heroes

I found this story via Matt Burden at the military blog Blackfive: DC Marines to the Rescue

These are the kinds of stories that should be told everyday, across the world, let alone the nation, to show what kind of honorable, valorous and kindhearted men (and women) serve in the United States military, and specifically in the United States Marine Corps.

These two men, especially, represent the best our country, the United States of America, has to offer. It is because of men such as yourselves that I am proud to call myself an American. Bravo and Semper Fi.

Via Pam at Iraq War News: Marines to the Rescue!

By Cpl. Earnest J. Barnes, Marine Barracks 8th & I

MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON (March 28, 2007) — What if you were given the opportunity to help a complete stranger who had been seriously injured? Would you just walk away or would you take immediate action to help save the person?

Two infantrymen from Alpha Company were faced with situation when they saw a male in his mid-twenties who was about to be assaulted in the late evening of Feb. 24.

Lance Corporals Jared Bolhuis and David Trester were on their way to watch a movie in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown. They had just departed the subway when they heard a disturbance at the top of the escalator. As the two Marines reached street level, they found the man surrounded by a group of 15 young skateboarders.

“There was a young guy, nicely dressed like he was going out. He was squared off with a skateboarder that looked like he was about 18 years-old. The skateboarder’s friends surrounded the two of them and everyone on the streets was watching this build up,” said Bolhuis, a Zeeland, Mich. Native. “Before I knew it, one of the older skateboarders came from behind and blindsided this guy with a punch right in the temple, knocking him out cold.”

As soon as the victim was hit, the leathernecks rushed to his aid. As the Marines with their high and tight hair cuts approached the victim, the gang of skateboarders quickly dispersed into the crowd.

“Right away, I applied my terrorism awareness training and tried to gain proper identification on as many of those who were involved,” Bolhuis added.

As the suspects were fleeing the scene, Bolhuis called for the police. Pedestrian after pedestrian passed by the victim, while some even trying to step over him. Resilient in their efforts to help the man, Bolhuis and Trester kept the crowd away from the victim to allow breathing room and to assess the extent of his injuries.

The man was laying stomach down, bleeding from the mouth. The Marines saw broken teeth on the ground and it appeared the victim may have suffered trauma to the neck after the fall.

Go read it all.


April 11, 2007 , 11:46AM - Posted by | American History, Honor, Military, Terrorism, US Marines

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