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TODAY’S LESSON IN BADASSERY

By / 11.10.08

The Marine Corps, as you can tell from me jabbering on and on about it on a sports blog, is obsessed with its own culture and history.  We read and share Medal of Honor citations to help remember the tradition we have to live up to.  And nothing makes me want to run through a brick wall and head butt America’s enemies like 2ndLt John Bobo’s citation from Vietnam (I’ve written about this before, btw).

Before you make fun of his last name, read this:

When an exploding enemy mortar round severed Lieutenant Bobo’s right leg below the knee, he refused to be evacuated and insisted upon being placed in a firing position to cover the movement of the command group to  a better location.  With a web belt around his leg serving as tourniquet and with his leg jammed into the dirt to curtail the bleeding, he remained in this position and delivered devastating fire into the ranks of the enemy attempting to overrun the Marines. Lieutenant Bobo was mortally wounded while firing his weapon into the mainpoint of the enemy attack but… his tenacious stand enabled the command group to gain a protective position where it repulsed the enemy onslaught.

YAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  God DAMMIT that makes me want to jump out a fourth-floor window and punch through concrete.  You soft-bodied blog-reading assholes better put down your cans of frosting and start getting your legs blown off and using belts as a tourniquets!  Go.  Do it now.  Don’t come back to this blog until you’ve repelled a VC attack and you’re bleeding to death.  Pussy.


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