A Student of History

February 4, 2008

The Greeks had a word for it….

Filed under: Valor — John Maass @ 8:28 am

As a lifelong Giants fan, I have to say how remarkable the win was yesterday.  The first thing I thought of was “hubris,” which the Greeks recognized in ancient times.  Somehow I doubt Bill Bellicheck is a classical scholar, but he must surely understand the word now, even if he has never heard it.

November 5, 2007

There are still heroes left in the world

Filed under: Valor — John Maass @ 3:29 pm

On Nov. 2, 2007, First Lt. Walter B. Jackson became only the seventh soldier since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 to receive the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action.  This award is is second in precedence only to the Medal of Honor for valor in battle. 

A second lieutenant at the time of his heroic action on Sept. 27, 2006, Lt. Jackson was cited for selfless courage under extreme enemy fire while serving as a company fire support officer with company A, Task Force 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment in Al Anbar Province, in western Iraq.

Lt. Jackson was engaged in combat operations with his unit against insurgents and while he attempted to recover a disabled vehicle, his unit came under heavy machine gun fire, which resulted in several Soldiers being wounded. As he applied first aid to a severely wounded comrade, he too was shot in the thigh.  Lt. Jackson’s citation in part reads:

“Upon regaining consciousness after being shot, second lieutenant alternated between returning fire and administering first aid to the Soldier. Second Lt. Jackson was hit again with machine gun fire as he helped carry his wounded comrade to safety, but he never faltered in his aid. Although his own severe wounds required immediate evacuation and surgical care, 2nd Lt. Jackson refused medical assistance until his wounded comrade could be treated. Second Lt. Jackson’s selfless courage under extreme enemy fire was essential to saving another Soldier’s life and is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service…”

1st Lt. Jackson has been recovering from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, having undergone more than a dozen surgeries. While recovering at WRAMC, he volunteered as an intern with the Judge Advocate General’s office. He is awaiting orders to take over a multiple launch rocket system platoon in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division Fires Brigade.

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