Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

“Initially, it was like, ‘OK, he’s dead,’ ” McAlister recalled thinking. “Focus on the firefight, getting everybody out of here. When he came back to life, it’s like, ‘Oh, here we go. This just got interesting.’ ”  --Sgt. Alan McAlister, USMC
Sgt. McAlister wasn't talking about something from a Larry Correia book.  He was talking about HM2 Jake Emmott, who took a rifle bullet to the side of his nose, which travelled through his sinuses, and ejected near his ear.  Did I mention that he was taking care of a wounded Marine when he got hit?  After regaining consciousness, he stood up, refused aid, and continued to provide critical first aid to the Marines he was charged to take care of.  When it finally came time for him to get on a helicopter, he did it under his own power.

I like to think I've got a good work ethic and can take a lot of pain.  But to be perfectly honest, I don't think I'm tough enough to take a rifle bullet to the face, refuse pain meds, continue my job, and walk out of the freaking area.  

And to top it all off, HM2 Emmott is trying to finish his rehab and get back into shape so he can pass the Marine physical fitness test and go back to being a combat medic with his Marines.  He's lost half his hearing, the left side of his face is mostly paralyzed but getting better, a good chunk of his skull has been replaced with a plate, and all he wants to do is return to Afghanistan and continue his mission.

As a proud Army veteran, I have to say that this is a story about a Navy medic that should be told to every boy and girl in American schools so they know just how dedicated the men and women who protect them are.

H/T to This Ain't Hell and Navy Times for the story. 


Nancy R. said...

He's also going to have that problem of audible clanking when he walks for the rest of his life.

Old NFO said...

Yep Corpsmen, they REALLY are that courageous, dumb, stupid, what ever attribute you want to attach to them, but the ALSO are determined to get the job done...

DaddyBear said...

Pardon me, sir, but you set off the metal detector. Could you step over here for a patdown? Oh wow, you appear to have two large brass growths going on there.

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