Posted on Nov 15, 2014
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I love hearing stories. Makes me see what really went on. Not everyone is awarded a Purple Heart for a combat related injury. Recently, a MAJ asked me how I got hurt. When I told him, he asked why I didn't get a Purple Heart from it. I never really chased it, I guess. Didn't care for it. Guys were getting shot, trucks were being blown up. I figure, me getting blasted off the back of a truck because of a mortar didn't fit the bill. Or suffering a broken ankle because an airplane went into evasive maneuvers seconds before an airdrop. That didn't merit. I can't do what I used to. I'd like to hear some of your stories. Especially if it made you fond yourself.

I found out that I wasn't superman. The first bullet to weeze by made me drop and take cover while other guys were running to defensive positions. Lol. Big ole sissy me. I eventually came to. But it's in the heat of battle that you find who you are, who you need to be, and who you'll become.
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SFC Keith Frain
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While in Iraq we slept on the ground...no biggie right...it wouldn't have been if I didn't have multiple parasites burrow into me...I didn't mind the F'n puss infested fissures they left on my legs and arm...but wouldn't you know it, one burrowed into my right ass cheek and made a 6" fissure leading toward my....well you get it. I lost a fair amount of my right ass cheek due to the damn infection...I still have a concave ass cheek....I didn't get a purple heart for that!!! I suppose my command couldn't prove that the Iraqi parasites were actually enemy combatants! Hahahahahah
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SSG Accountant
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That is the perfect envision of a leader. Not asking for what their soldiers don't get, and really and honestly doing a very deep introspective evaluation as to the reasons for why would one get it. Although in my book, if you were blown up while in your truck and or vicinity it is plausible, some injuries don't raise their ugly head until perhaps some years later (I had shrapnel cut shoulder tendons 2 years after the fact), I have seen it time and time again, not only with the purple heart but with the CIB, CAB, CMB as well. Although I have already earned some of the aforementioned awards, my pride in wearing them on daily basis is non existent. I am the one that made it, while some of my friends, and fellow soldiers didn't. Plus I am a really cheap bastard and don't want to keep adding clusters, stars whatever in the expensive activity of updating my rack at this point, it really gets expensive every time something little gets added. I will be content on getting a certificate of achievement, besides, I only use my dress blues 2-4 times a year, and during solemn occasions. I am glad you have been honest about that and I commend you for doing so.
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SSG Buddy Kemper
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You're not a sissy, boss. You did what you were trained to do. Ground first, then cover. Infantry school 101. I thank you for your account. I know it's not easy to talk about, but I think it is healthy, MSG (Join to see) . Tell ya a funny one. I had been back from Afghanistan for about a month...1st of 2nd day at work. Was waiting in a hallway outside the command center about o dark thirty and a huge crashing sound happened in the hallway. Thought it was incoming. I was under a table before I even thought about it. Basically I thought I was ok, because I get to work so early. After I crawled out from under the table and dusted myself off....I looked down the hall and say 2 old 'Nam vets....guys who I truly love....they were literally in the floor rolling around and laughing at me!!! They told me they had done the same thing when they first got back!!! Band of brothers indeed. Those guys are retired now and I miss them. It was an ice machine unloading it's daily load that made the noise. Sounded more like a plane crash. God bless us, everyone. Thank you for your service and blessings to your family.
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