Quote of the day

posted at 10:40 pm on November 24, 2008 by Allahpundit

“During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

‘I was in my own little world,’ the young corporal said. ‘I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.'”

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Look at that photo–is that a cigarette he’s smoking?!

/The Left

DrMagnolias on November 25, 2008 at 5:45 AM

Yeah, that cigarette cancels all of his atta-boys. I just hope he doesnt get court martialed.

abcurtis on November 25, 2008 at 6:38 AM

Not for nuthin.. but when did Marines start wearing 101st Airborne shoulder patches?

UncleOlaf on November 25, 2008 at 6:46 AM

“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.” He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: “That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave”

and

“Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.”

– General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

shick on November 25, 2008 at 7:10 AM

Things like this need to be written in stone in the halls of all of our schools! A real American!

JellyToast on November 25, 2008 at 7:29 AM

Sapwolf on November 24, 2008 at 11:32 PM

The same Hackworth that publicly berated Mike Boorda, who eventually killed himself over the mistake, for wearing a Combat V device on one of his ribbons that he didn’t earn?

The same Hackworth who after Boorda’s suicide was found out that he wore a Ranger Tab that he didn’t earn, but had a perfectly “logical” explanation.

No, I didn’t read his book.

Hog Wild on November 25, 2008 at 7:35 AM

A man’s man. Well done, Corporal!

mr.blacksheep on November 25, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Basic training, self discipline, thats what makes these young men so great.

boingo_tx on November 25, 2008 at 7:45 AM

Marines (my son included) are not only good lookin’–they’ll kick your ass too! As for the MSM, I’ll paraphrase William T. Sherman, “Newspaper people are nothing more than traitors and should be treated as such”. God bless you, young man, and thank you.

missouriyankee on November 25, 2008 at 8:04 AM

…no worse enemy.

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 25, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Great patriotic quotes are carved above the arches at Virginia Military Institute.

kelley in virginia on November 25, 2008 at 8:12 AM

This American is as proud as can be of all of our Armed Forces, especially our Beloved US Marine Corp! May God continue to Bless them and Protect them.

Zorro on November 25, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Marines are the best at what they do. I am proud to be one of them forever. The Army is great too and the Screaming Eagle in the picture is a-okay with me. There are many good people who want to become a Marine but for one reason or another don’t quite make it so they go Army. It is a calling to serve in the military including the Navy/Coast Guard and Air Force along with the National Guard and Reserves. I support them all. My only regret is I’m too old now to be out there on the tip of the spear with them.

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Not for nuthin.. but when did Marines start wearing 101st Airborne shoulder patches?

UncleOlaf on November 25, 2008 at 6:46 AM

That is a photo of an Army soldier.

CantCureStupid on November 25, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Thank you to all our brave men and women in the greatest military on Earth, GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Great shooting!

ps) We may need this hero here at home soon…

Mark Garnett on November 25, 2008 at 8:44 AM

God Bless all of our military men and women! I get mine back TOMORROW NIGHT!!! Probably be up all night – too excited to sleep!!

FinallyRight on November 25, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Your’s is the 101 out of Ft Campbell?

csdeven on November 25, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Hoo-ah! Our heroes in the military at it again.

Mojave Mark on November 25, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Semper F’ing Fi, motor skater.

And if posting a stock Army photo isn’t enough to make you identify yourself, Devil Dog, next time we’re using the US Coast Guard.

flashoverride on November 25, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Another Sergeant York! God Bless you young man.

mindhacker on November 25, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Things like this need to be written in stone in the halls of all of our schools! A real American!

JellyToast on November 25, 2008 at 7:29 AM

Where in the (government) schools are stories like this read, told, and honored? Nowhere, since they were taken over lock, stock, and barrel by the liberals. When do children hear about honor, duty, country?

It is time to take back the schools. Conservatives need to meet, plan, then execute. It can be done.

MrLynn on November 25, 2008 at 9:03 AM

The Unit
Sundays @ 10pm on CBS

budorob on November 25, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Nitpicking about a stupid stock photo. Like you folks are so good at publishing. Funny people. The difference between the Corps and other services is training and discipline. All the Corps haters out there, you could have been a Marine, you had no courage. Yep, I’m a Marine and I’m damn proud of that Corporal. Oh, loved the Stonewall Jackson quote, too.

MNDavenotPC on November 25, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Coolest part of the story…humvee hit, one man lays down fire while they make sure their buddy is evacuated and safe…no man left behind…no man lost.

right2bright on November 25, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Here is an interesting storey from the Falklands war between Britain and Argentina that I heard that demonstrates the difference between the 5.56mm round and the 7.62mm 308 round. Basically a British paratrooper scouting a gully came across an Argentinian soldier standing on a small hill but the Argentinian spotted the paratrooper first and shot him twice in the chest with with his M-16 but failed to knock the paratrooper down. The Paratrooper returned fire with his SLR(FN-FAL 7.62mm 308), shot the Argentinian once in the chest and knocked him off the hill.

Dreadnought223 on November 25, 2008 at 1:52 AM

I don’t doubt the comparative effectiveness of these bullets, but the story seems wrong. The Argentinians used the FN-FAL too, along with many other weapons used by the British. Indeed, it was the British special forces (SAS, SBS, and Royal Marines Mountain and Arctic Warfare cadre) who used the M16.

KillerKane on November 25, 2008 at 9:40 AM

You know, they never specified weather or not the 72 virgins were male or female…

Mazztek on November 24, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Because that’s not really a deal-breaker.

Kafir on November 25, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Tears of pride are rolling down my cheeks as I write this. After reading so much crap this morning, I am heartened knowing that we still have Americans who can and will do a tough job.

Semper Fi, and thanks to our vets, particularly combat veterans. Thank you for fighting for my right to write this. Thank you for your role in preserving our life in the USA.

riverrat10k on November 25, 2008 at 9:42 AM

FinallyRight on November 25, 2008 at 1:37 AM

God bless you and your family, FR.

Many here complain about things wrong with our country, but never let us forget the things that are right about it. Honor, duty, courage, love, compassion, among others.

Thanks to you and your family members who serve.

riverrat10k on November 25, 2008 at 9:45 AM

MNDavenotPC on November 25, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Yours is a strange post…you complain about nit picking a photo, then diss military who are not marines.
Can’t we all just get along…
When I read that the photo isn’t right, I read it as pride. They want to make sure the military is not misrepresented. You are one of the few who attacked other services.
And I especially am blown away (no pun intended) by the experts on ballistics.
This is why the MSM can’t get away with major flaws that they had in the past, let alone minor ones.
Keep the nit-picking going, it puts the MSM on alert…

right2bright on November 25, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Things like this need to be written in stone in the halls of all of our schools! A real American!

JellyToast on November 25, 2008 at 7:29 AM

Jelly, Jelly, Jelly. Didn’t you get the memo?

Our public school systems exist for the purpose of making sure that children feel good about themselves….and have only politically correct thoughts and tendencies.

Silly notions such as knowledge, competency, history, grammar, etc., have no place in an enlightened society.

hillbillyjim on November 25, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Hey Taliban… Do you like apples?

Nice going Marine!

espnjunkie on November 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Just another day’s work for the good guys.

whitetop on November 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM

I find it impressive that the designated marksman wishes to remain anonymous. In this day of “me me me, look at me” his modesty is amazing. But not so much I suppose when it comes to the military in general since so few of them come to our notice, we know so little about who they are and what they do.

I hope 60 years from now someone will write the stories of this Greatest Generation. Better then than never.

Bennett on November 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM

That is amazing he had 20 shots and 20 kills, great job. I can totally agree with him that he was in his own little world, you can become so focused when trying to take down targets. It is the strangest and most relaxing experience ever-like meditation, hard to explain unless you know.

theboss on November 25, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Thank God for our young men and women who are serving and had served.

And thank God for the parents who brought up those young uns RIGHT! Despite the ‘education’ they received from schools.

Not the least for those spouses and families who have members serving.

Sir Napsalot on November 25, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Little Bill Daggett: Look son, being a good shot, being quick with a pistol, that don’t do no harm, but it don’t mean much next to being cool-headed. A man who will keep his head and not get rattled under fire, like as not, he’ll kill ya. It ain’t so easy to shoot a man anyhow, especially if the son-of-a-bitch is shootin’ back at you.

ronsfi on November 25, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Those camel jocks have a long history of making and shooting rifles, but accuracy is a problem for them. They shoot mostly AKs now, and hitting a coke can at 50 yards is a challenge with one of them.

The American M4, M16, and various bolt action rifles are far more accurate, and with the ACOG sights, you can hit a coke can at 125 yards with an M4, and a coke can at 300 yards with a Springfield bolt action with iron sights. The US snipers can hit a coke can at 800 yards or more with a .300 win mag, and hit a man at 2000 yards with a 50 cal Barret semi auto.

saiga on November 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Don’t publish the sniper’s name.

The “joe the plumber” gestapo will ruin his life.

notagool on November 25, 2008 at 10:52 AM

So many firearms innaccuracies in this thread.

First: As a Marine DMR, his weapon was probably a Mk12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_Mark_12_Mod_0_Special_Purpose_Rifle

Or the Squad Advanced Marksman rifle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Marine_Corps_Squad_Advanced_Marksman_Rifle

Or even a regular M-16A4 with ACOG
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle

Most probably it was NOT the upgraded M-14 known as the DMR
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Marine_Corps_Designated_Marksman_Rifle
These are usually issued to EOD units.

Argentine soldier using an M-16? Not bloody likely? British Para? Much more likely. As for “knocking him off the hill” by the impact of the mighty .308…no.

The .223 has been killing our enemies D-E-A-D for over 40 years now. No, it’s not a Magic Death Ray, but it’s not a mouse bullet either. This DMR went 20/20 with his .223. Enough said.

csdeven, it is called a “magazine”, NOT a “clip”.

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM

right 2 bright

It’s not so strange and I didn’t “diss” the other services. I directed my comment to the haters of the Corps. Experience dictates that they tend to be in other services. No confusion whatsoever. In ending, I can be proven to have supported and respected all branches of service.

MNDavenotPC on November 25, 2008 at 10:57 AM

I second what other posters have said though.

Speaking as a former Marine, I request you to please replace the picture of the soldier with one of a marine.

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 10:58 AM

saiga on November 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM

What are you? A Pepsi drinker?

ronsfi on November 25, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Defenselink has great pictures, but it’s impossible to search.
This was the only Marine DM, I could find.
Training

heh:
Post security

I do remember a DM picture, where he’s on patrol and he’s carrying an M14(or M1A) in a scout configuration, with the optic mounted forward.

Man, I don’t even have my AR yet, and now I want an M1A.

Kai on November 25, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I wonder if saiga owns a Saiga…(AK variant for the non-gun readers).

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Kai, better get your AR and M14 soon! Obama means to ban them.

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I’m gonna show my age…. that M-14 was awesome. I used an M-2 carbine , though, in Nam.

MNDavenotPC on November 25, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Gotta love those boys.

Bob's Kid on November 25, 2008 at 11:26 AM

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM

I know some Marine snipers in Afghanistan are using these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M110_Semi-Automatic_Sniper_System

Are these not going to go down the squad level? You have any personal info about the M110?

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Disregard. The M110 is being used by the Army, not Marines.

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

My favorite quote from the article was at the very end:

“It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”

BohicaTwentyTwo, when I was in the Army in the mid 70s, the M110 was an 8 in. self-propelled howitzer. I guess nowadays less really is more!

TugboatPhil on November 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM

M40A3

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Semper Fi! God Bless the USMC, and all of our armed services.

May we all learn from their example of courage.

hawksruleva on November 25, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Some of those old C-rats still have Lucky Strikes in them …

40 year old cigs to go with yer Snake and Limas!

Kristopher on November 25, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Disregard. The M110 is being used by the Army, not Marines.

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

No, the Marines will get the M110 also.

But that is for Snipers, not Designated Marksmen.

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 12:48 PM

csdeven, it is called a “magazine”, NOT a “clip”.

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Yes, in your world…but in my world where I have modified the receiver, we use clips.

csdeven on November 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM

First: As a Marine DMR, his weapon was probably a Mk12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_Mark_12_Mod_0_Special_Purpose_Rifle

Or the Squad Advanced Marksman rifle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Marine_Corps_Squad_Advanced_Marksman_Rifle

Or even a regular M-16A4 with ACOG
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle

Bwahahahahahhaa!!!!Love that wiki don’t cha?

1) This was not a special forces unit, so your MK12 link is BS.

2) The Marine in the article was not from the II Marine Expeditionary Force. The 22nd, 24th, and 26th were the only units assigned the SAM-R. So, AGAIN, your assertion and link are total bullshit.

3) More blathering from an obvious wannabe. Since it was proven that your first two links are total bullshit, that leaves only one weapon left for the DM to use…..And since you love wiki sooooo much, choke on this……

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Marine_Corps_Designated_Marksman_Rifle#Applications

Do the group a favor will you moron……shut your pie hole until you get educated on the subject.

csdeven on November 25, 2008 at 1:34 PM

You have any personal info about the M110?

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM

On this subject it’s best to ignore this idiot. He gets all his info from wiki and then doesn’t read the entire article. Wiki entries can be added by any idiot with a wiki account and are notoriously untrustworthy.

csdeven on November 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Completely off topic here,

The last massive concerted cyber attack on Pentagon from chicomm totally pissed me off. Is there such a thing as cyber vigilante from our own side of the communitiies? And I don’t mean the DoD guys.

Next time such attack occurs, shouldn’t we make clear that those people and sponsored sites will be punished severly?

Sir Napsalot on November 25, 2008 at 2:27 PM

BohicaTwentyTwo: Ignore csdeven. He’s obviously an “idiot”, if he disregards my time in the Marines and jumps to simplistic conclusions so easily. I merely linked to wiki because its quick. I’ve got 25 years of trigger time on the AR-15 and M-16. If cs had said “stripper clip”, that would have been acceptable, but “clip” merits derision.

But no the M110 won’t get down to Squad level- it’s too big and heavy. The Mk12 is better suited to the Squad Designated Marksman, as it is a lot smaller and lighter- a big plus, since the DM has to maneauver with his squad, kick down doors, etc.

The M-14 is an archaic piece, best relegated to the museum.

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 2:37 PM

And just like that Jeff Dunham has 20 more puppets.

– The Cat

MirCat on November 24, 2008 at 10:45 PM

SILENCE!!! I kill you!!!

bryan2369 on November 25, 2008 at 2:40 PM

What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

So…Aziz! How’s that Jihad incentive pay working for you?

hawkdriver on November 25, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Behold the next Greatest Generation.

spmat on November 25, 2008 at 3:48 PM

I believe the picture is of a 101st screaming eagles member, not the Marine Corps.

JAYTBMF on November 25, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Most of his generation are Obamatron Kool-aid drinkers.

They had a twenty-something Iraq vet on Hannity the other day. His Words of Wisdom:

“I’m just glad I could finally vote for someone who did not look like me”

Seriously, WTF

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Raspberry jam

Semper Fi

LimeyGeek on November 25, 2008 at 4:47 PM

pseudonominus on November 25, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Lying sack of $hit. The closest you have even been to a Marine is while you’re playing FPS video games or you were the stupidest Marine that ever made it through basic.

The M14 is the weapon used by the DM’s in both the US Army and the USMC. And had you spent 5 minutes reading those lame ass links you left, you’d realize that every one of your assertions expose you as a wannabe. You probably think you’re some kind of bad ass because you made a 1500 yard head shot in HALO. That don’t cut it in the real world.

And don’t try to bullshit your way out of your “clip” statement. Any real weapons expert would have known exactly what I was talking about. But HALO doesn’t teach you that does it? What you did do is go to this wiki entry to try to bail your ignorant ass out….

csdeven on November 25, 2008 at 5:23 PM

csdeven you ignorant slut.

Mk12s are no longer SF weapons; they are now DM general issue. DMR M-14s are about as common in the Fleet as liberals.

And when did you serve?

I did my stint in 83-87.

pseudonominus on November 26, 2008 at 10:34 AM