Monday, January 16, 2006

Never shall I fail my comrades.

The post title is from the Ranger Creed. This is a good story about courage under fire. I'm sure that the Rangers involved believe that they were just doing their jobs-what they were trained to do. But, to me they are extraordinary men doing heroic things.

A former native of Selma was recently awarded two of the Army's top combat medals, a few months after he was injured while leading fellow soldiers during a direct action raid against known terrorists in Tal Afar, Iraq. Staff Sergeant David M. Edwards, Jr. an Army Ranger squad leader, received the Silver Star and Purple Heart for "displaying outstanding leadership, dedication to duty, and commitment to excellence," according to a release from the U.S. Army. Army Chief of Staff, General Peter J. Schoomaker presented Army Rangers more than 25 awards for valor during a ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia on November 18. The soldiers, all assigned to 3' Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, deployed between July and October in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. "I am proud to be here to recognize great heroes," said Schoomaker. "I'm proud of your service. I am proud of what you do and what you represent. You are living the Ranger Creed and Warrior Ethos."

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