August 25, 2005
Gates of Fire
It's not often that you read something that makes you gasp out loud. I found myself having to take several runs at this before being able to get through it all AND remembering to breathe.

Michael Yon has his latest post out detailing the recent battle with Deuce Four and the catch-and-release terrorists, that left several severely wounded - including the ever-heroic LTC Kurilla.

Not only can he write to make you feel like you were there, he also got a little close to the action this time and well, he can handle a weapon as well it would seem. Just the kinda guy you need in the thick of the moment, and maybe one day the MSM will realize THIS is what we want to hear about. This is who we need to support and stand behind.

When a soldier is killed or wounded, the Department of Army calls the loved ones, and despite their attempts to be sympathetic, the nature of the calls has a way of shocking the families. There is just no easy way to say, "Your son got shot today." And so, according to men here, the calls sound something like this: "We are sorry to inform you that your son has been shot in Mosul. He's stable, but that's all we know at this time."
Read the rest here. Note the pictures are graphic, and show the tension in detail. But any less would not do the story justice.

And give a thought and prayer tonight to LTC Kurilla's and SGT Lama's families. We are reading this with one perspective, but this is their loved ones. While the men are getting the best medical care possible, but the families are likely going through a hell of a lot right now. My prayers go out to them.

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