MY COMMENT: Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia our newest MOH recipient commented on urban warfare and that we are not proficiently training for that type of combat. Going back to the Vietnam war similar tactics were used in clearing buildings. While some 80,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops simultaneously struck three-quarters of South Vietnam’s provincial capitals and most of its major cities it needed defending and recapturing of some major cities. One of the bloodiest was Hue, Vietnam's third-largest city where 8,000 NVA joined PAVN troops and fought the American military for the city. 25 days later the Marines and Army took Hue with a loss of 221 KIA and 1364 WIA. The damage to the local population that was determined, decedents were done. All total, nearly 2,800 bodies were recovered from these mass graves. Is urban warfare training along with tactical weapons to mitigate losses and win decisively needed? In my opinion, yes!
ARTICLE: Last month former Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia became the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient.
The details of the extraordinarily brave event read like every soldier’s nightmare. A “house of hell” filled with enemy insurgents prepared to die in almost every room. Sergeant Bellavia and his fellow soldiers were outgunned, overmatched — disadvantaged in every respect. That was the sad state of American military capabilities in 2004. But the reality is that if today’s military was placed in a similar battle, little would be different. (MORE)
Pretty good article here, but other than specialized training, not much else as a solution. It’s like the “tunnel rats” in Vietnam, brass balls and bravery. Always wondered why we just didn’t set up the exhaust from heavy equipment as gas them.