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One Finger Salute --- Must See

Drew~PWCM~JLA~ 2011/02/17 01:24:54
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One
Finger Salute --- Must See










It is also on the wall of the editor of the Omaha paper. How many other
paper would have the guts to put this picture and story on the front
page








AWESOME!!! Read below the picture before making judgment on
'The Finger' gesture and you'll understand....



THIS NEEDS TO KEEP GOING.



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Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known
as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq.
He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the
Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance
during his second tour.



Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic
scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines. He chose not to wear
the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you
get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and
standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the
longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide
crater.



The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire
leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to
probe the ground. 'I found a piece of red detonating cord between
my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.' Realizing
he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay
back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through
binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary
device below the sergeant's feet 'A chill went up the back of my
neck and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I
remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me..' I was just ticked off they
were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel
anything from the waist down.'



His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt.
None could believe his legs were still there 'My dad's a Vietnam vet
who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt. 'I was lying
there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him
to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt
a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and
I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought
over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the
helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on
a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a
one-fingered salute. I flipped them one. It was like, 'OK, I lost
that round but I'll be back next week.'



Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for
the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of
Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image
as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.

Sgt Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept
him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home.
But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple
Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to engage
in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more
ingenious ways of killing Americans.





Are you proud enough to send this on ?




YOU BETCHA I AM!!!



GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR TROOPS IN GOD WE TRUST



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  • amir mughal 2011/02/20 20:56:58
    amir mughal
    +1
    ya brave soldier ,,but now i will suggest war has to stop and make peace possible as soon as americans can,,
  • F-14NavyVet 2011/02/19 01:04:38
    F-14NavyVet
    +1
    Hell yeah!
    yeah hell yeah
  • RogerRover 2011/02/18 23:40:41 (edited)
    RogerRover
    +1
    Thank you Gunny...we honor you!! Come on America, let's live a life worthy of our finest and bravest's effort and sacrifice, Restore honor an dignity to a once great nation. God bless the U.S.A.
  • Isma'ila (God has heard)! 2011/02/18 22:22:06
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +2
    Damn. That took courage. Semper Fi. damn courage semper fi semper fi
  • kool kyd 2011/02/18 20:57:11
    kool kyd
    +2
    if i could i would have written his name on india gate....after all he was a soldier who fought for peace & harmony
    written india gate soldier fought peace harmony india gate
  • Pat 2011/02/18 17:04:17
    Pat
    +1
    Thank you Gunny!
  • tooner259 2011/02/18 16:52:19
    tooner259
    +2
    Way to go Gunny!!!!!Thanks.
  • Raymie 2011/02/18 16:47:52
    Raymie
    +2
    Thank you God for men like this...they put their life on the line...so I can type in safety at home.
  • MIKEY 2011/02/18 12:04:43
    MIKEY
    +2
    now that's a TRUE AMERICAN...GOD BLESS HIM...
  • Wolfman 2011/02/18 08:26:43
    Wolfman
    +2
    I salute this soldier.
  • dave s 2011/02/18 06:56:01
    dave  s
    +3
    This sergeant is an incredible human being.
  • Katherine 2011/02/18 06:18:18
    Katherine
    +3
    That guy had an angel looking over him. What a hero, what moxie! Wtg, buddy.
  • BoJay 2011/02/18 06:04:43
    BoJay
    +4
    Damn good post it shows the true grit of our military. These are the type of guys that says stitch me up cause I'm going back.
    damn post true grit military type guys stitch Jihad This
  • theunbubba 2011/02/18 05:24:59
    theunbubba
    +1
    um I can't see the photo because I don't have a gmail account. If you aren't logged in you can't see it.
  • DJL theunbubba 2011/02/18 05:48:53
    DJL
    +1
    Did you click on the thumbnail picture at the top left vof the page.
  • BlacK ReBEL $$oulja 2011/02/18 05:22:46
    BlacK ReBEL $$oulja
    +2
    Hurt locker ..... hurt locker american flag
  • Marie/M2M2K™-#1Conservative... 2011/02/18 05:12:29
  • Drew~PW... Marie/M... 2011/02/18 05:40:26
    Drew~PWCM~JLA~
    +1
    That we do and all branches.

    branches patton salute
  • justonemom 2011/02/18 05:00:25
  • wtxwoman 2011/02/18 04:39:28
    wtxwoman
    +1
    I loved the story, but the picture didn't come through.
  • Drew~PW... wtxwoman 2011/02/18 04:48:50
    Drew~PWCM~JLA~
    +1
    Same as the one on the title. ;)
  • USC Gamecock fan 2011/02/18 04:34:59
    USC Gamecock fan
    +2
    A true patriot. true patriot Patriotism and flag
  • paleale 2011/02/18 03:06:07
    paleale
    +2
    Great Post. I read about him when he got his bronze star. Didn't know he had gone back.
  • Brightsprite62 2011/02/18 02:32:10
    Brightsprite62
    +4
    good post. Hey does anyone know where the one fingered salute got its start. I do. It was France during a war with England. It was a common practice for the English to lop of the middle finger of bowmen that were captured. It made it impossible for them to pull a bow string. It became habit for a bowmen to flip that finger showing the English that they still had that finger and thus the ability to use their bows. Just a little interesting piece of trivia.
  • USC Gam... Brights... 2011/02/18 15:20:53
    USC Gamecock fan
    +1
    Yep. It was meant to be an insult to the bowmen who had their finger cut off . Oh well I see it in your answer so we agree.
  • Red Branch 2011/02/18 02:00:15
    Red Branch
    +3
    Excellent selection.
    How long before someone censors it?
  • Drew~PW... Red Branch 2011/02/18 02:22:24
    Drew~PWCM~JLA~
    +2
    No clue but I will repost it and the pics if they do. >:)
  • PerpetualThot 2011/02/18 01:39:11
    PerpetualThot
    +3
    He's a way tougher guy than me.
  • RobHom 2011/02/18 01:27:45
    RobHom
    +3
    "OOOOOOORAHHHH!!" My kind of Guy!! even if he is a "jarhead"!!
  • Drew~PW... RobHom 2011/02/18 01:49:00
    Drew~PWCM~JLA~
    +2
    We are all brothers in arms buddy. ;)
  • RobHom Drew~PW... 2011/02/18 01:50:52
    RobHom
    +1
    I just had to do that!! Several of my friends are "Marines"!! God help you if you refer to them as "former Marines"!!! LOL!!
  • Hamm0ckjames 2011/02/18 01:17:43
    Hamm0ckjames
    +3
    There's a VERY special place reserved in Heaven for Hero's like SGT. Burghardt. Their is no greater gift than to lay one's life down for another. And this Hero does it every day. May God continue to bless him and his.
  • HOMBRE 2011/02/18 01:11:03
    HOMBRE
    +3
    Thank god for him
  • Farnsworth 2011/02/18 01:08:04
    Farnsworth
    +2
    awesome story, person, solider and AMERICAN.
  • sick'n'tired PWCM 2011/02/18 00:59:24
    sick'n'tired PWCM
    +2
    HELL YEAH!!!!
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2011/02/18 00:54:02
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +2
    AMen .support our troop's.
  • Freedom Mom 2011/02/18 00:40:55
    Freedom Mom
    +2
    Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story, great post. God Bless our Troops.
  • Jackie 2011/02/18 00:32:58
    Jackie
    +2
    That is one tough Marine
    His colleagues cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there. 'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt. 'I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. I
    decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. I flipped them one. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week'.'
    Sgt Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father, who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam , he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans
  • npotter 2011/02/18 00:27:51
    npotter
    +3
    What a trooper! Thanks for sharing!
  • RageFury 2011/02/17 23:46:56
    RageFury
    +2
    That is splendid.

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