A forgotten battle...

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    A forgotten battle...

    On this day (23 Jan) in 2007, a Diplomatic Security convoy in Baghdad came under enemy fire. As part of the Quick Reaction Force response, "Little Bird" helicopters crewed by Blackwater contractors working for DS were dispatched to provide aerial support. Both came under heavy machine gun fire. One was shot down, killing all aboard. Another contractor on the second bird was killed as well. Brave men doing a very difficult and dangerous job, often facing criticism from people who knew little about who they were and what they did. RIP, brothers.



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    Not a day goes by that my family and I are not thankful for our brave service people. We will NEVER forget any of them. Thanks for posting this.
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    In my thoughts, Sir.

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    May we never forget our fallen brothers whose blood ran into the sand.

    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

    -William Shakespeare, Henry VIII
    Fortes Fortuna Juvat

    Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
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    A Prayer for Soldiers

    Brave warriors,
    should fate find us in battle,
    May our cause be just.
    May our leaders have clear vision.
    May our courage not falter.
    May we be triumphant an earn victory
    as we show mercy to our enemies.
    May our efforts bring lasting peace.
    May our sacrifice be always
    appreciated by those we serve.
    May we return to our loved ones unharmed.
    Should we be harmed, may our wounds heal.
    Should we perish in the struggle,
    may God embrace us and find for us
    a place in His Kingdom.

    May God bless their souls.





    Read more: A Soldiers Prayer - Praying for Safety and Courage
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