November 3rd, 2009 11:22 PM
Bomb Disposal Hero Killed in Afghanistan Days Before Leave
Rest In Peace Brother... EOD personnel Have to be one of thee most underrated operators in theater.
A British Army explosives specialist who became a legend by risking his life to defuse more than 60 Taliban roadside bombs was killed in Afghanistan during his final mission before he took leave, the Times of London reported Tuesday.
Staff Sergeant Olaf "Oz" Schmid, 30, died instantly Saturday when an improvised explosives device he was trying to disarm blew up.
It was his last job before a planned two-week break, his widow Christina Schmid told the newspaper.
“Oz was a phenomenal husband and loving father who was cruelly murdered on his last day before two weeks off after a relentless five-month tour," she said.
The bomb disposal expert's exploits were described as "legendary." He defused one in every 19 IEDs found by British troops since his tour in Afghanistan began last June, senior officers told the Daily Mail.
In one 24-hour operation, military officials said Schmid found and disarmed 31 roadside bombs. He deployed to Afghanistan in June, and had since then rendered 64 IEDs safe.
Shortly before his death, he had been promoted to the position of "high-threat operator" and was described by the British Ministry of Defense as having a "natural aptitude" for bomb disposal work.
Another veteran bomb specialist, Capt. Daniel Shepard, was killed in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in July, according to the Times of London.
In addition to his wife, Schmid leaves behind a 5-year-old stepson Laird, the paper reported.
“He was my best friend and soulmate," the grieving widow told the Times of London. "The pain of losing him is overwhelming. I take comfort knowing he saved countless lives with his hard work. I am so proud of him.”
Lt.-Col. Robert Thomson, the commanding officer overseeing the 2 Rifles Battle Group Schmid served with, said his bravery put him above the "best of the best."
“Under relentless IED and small arms attacks he stood taller than the tallest. I adored working with him," Thomson told the Times of London. "No matter how difficult or lethal the task which lay in front of us, he was the man who only saw solutions.”
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November 3rd, 2009 11:27 PM
May he RIP...... and prayers to him and his family.
A good old friend of mine was in dismantling bombs and booby traps in Viet Nam. He lost the other 1/2 of the team, and 2 other buddies as well.... doing their jobs. He nearly lost his , but medical crews did an amazing job keeping him alive and getting him back.
They take amazing risks, all for one objective...... to save lives, while putting theirs on the line. They do an amazing job and it takes an amazing person to do it.
November 4th, 2009 12:27 AM
November 4th, 2009 12:33 AM
Doesn't matter what uniform he wore he was a brave soldier helping us to fight terrorists,may he RIP
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November 4th, 2009 12:58 AM
I hated reading about this one.
This is the best praise for a person I have read in a very long time. Aside from obviously being competent, he sounds like a real good guy.
"No matter how difficult or lethal the task which lay in front of us, he was the man who only saw solutions.”
November 4th, 2009 04:36 AM
Very sorry to hear this, may he R.I.P.
...our country appreciates his service to all here and across the pond.
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November 4th, 2009 06:51 AM
We (in the EOD field) thought the loss was ironic, but in our field you just never know. We have lost a brother...
Just as an aside, the US EOD death toll for the two theaters of operation now stands at 72, that is a very high loss rate given the low numbers of EOD techs on active duty at any one time, the 72 also exceeds the number lost during WWII.
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November 4th, 2009 01:25 PM
I salute you brother, RIP.
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