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axeman_g
January 15, 2006, 09:19 PM
I dont know if this has been posted before.... it is has it deserves a second glance.


"Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt signals defiance at his Iraqi attackers after being injured by an improvised explosive device near Ramadi. Attending to the Marine were Nebraska 167th Cavalry members Spc. John Adams (far left, in front) of Hastings, Neb., and Pfc. Darin Nelson of Fremont, Neb."

"...One IED had blown up a Bradley fighting vehicle and killed a U.S. soldier. As often happens, the insurgents left behind more IEDs. Burghardt disarmed two bombs that were found - quick action that probably saved the lives of several Nebraska soldiers.

But he couldn't get to a third.

When word spread that the third device had been found, 167th Capt. Jeff Searcey of Kearney, 1st Lt. Matthew Misfeldt of Omaha and their men hit the ground as a blast exploded skyward.

Burghardt was wounded.

But with two new young Marines in his ordnance disposal unit - and the insurgent attackers undoubtedly looking on - "I didn't want them to see the team leader carried away on a stretcher," he said.

So after the Nebraskans tended to wounds that reached from his boot tops to the small of his back, Burghardt rose to his feet and reached back with a one-finger salute for his attackers.

"I was angry," Burghardt said.

IEDs - which can be roadside bombs, car bombs or other booby traps - increasingly are the weapons of choice for the Iraqi insurgents..."

"...Burghardt received the Bronze Star during his last tour of duty for disarming 64 IEDs. This week's incident was his first injury.

Burghardt, 35, wouldn't accept painkillers when he was brought back to camp by the Nebraskans. He knew he might need them later. And he's not looking to leave Ramadi for five more months.

"I don't want a ticket out," he said. "I want to stay here so we can take as many people home as possible."

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FireBreather01
January 15, 2006, 09:31 PM
These guys are amazing - I'm humbled by the service of this guy and his fellow warriors.

Thankful, too.

1911Tuner
January 15, 2006, 09:39 PM
Damn Marines...Wish we had 25 million of'em.

Outstanding, Gunny Burghardt!

Semper Fi!

Walter
January 15, 2006, 11:54 PM
Gunnery Sergeants: The backbone of the Marine Corps.
:cuss: <-- (A Gunny in Action)

Good work, Gunny Burghardt, and SEMPER FI!!!

Walter
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RVN

grimjaw
January 16, 2006, 12:33 AM
EOD, my favorites. Good on him.

jmm

ceetee
January 16, 2006, 09:18 AM
I'm really not ashamed to say that Gunnery Sgt. Burghardt is in possession of way bigger balls than mine...

1911 guy
January 16, 2006, 09:45 AM
Do any of you hear that clanging sound? It's those brass balls knocking when he walks.

thereisnospoon
January 16, 2006, 10:45 AM
God Bless the Corp....and all those serving in harms way for that matter!

NineseveN
January 16, 2006, 10:59 AM
/salute

Missashot
January 16, 2006, 11:00 AM
A big "Thank You!" for all our armed forces!
May God bless them and bring them home safe.
Got to be some of the bravest people I have ever seen.

GunnySkox
January 16, 2006, 11:53 AM
Gunny Sgt. Burghardt is one of those guys who eats C4, drinks rocket fuel, and craps lightning. He's so tough that he blew up that IED on purpose, just to fool the insurgents into thinking they had a chance.

~GnSx

SASS#23149
January 16, 2006, 12:30 PM
And THANKS!! for your service and all your fellow marines' as well!!!

and of course,ALL!! those who go in harms' way.!

MrTwigg
January 16, 2006, 12:43 PM
"...Burghardt received the Bronze Star during his last tour of duty for disarming 64 IEDs.

:what: He deserves it !

Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, Thank you for keeping our boys safe ! Hope you make it home in one piece.

Dave R
January 16, 2006, 02:02 PM
"I don't want a ticket out," he said. "I want to stay here so we can take as many people home as possible." There[s an attitude to emulate. Thanks, Gunny.

JamisJockey
January 16, 2006, 04:18 PM
Do any of you hear that clanging sound? It's those brass balls knocking when he walks.

Standard Marine Corps Issue.

1911Tuner
January 16, 2006, 04:23 PM
Standard Marine Corps Issue.

oorah

45+
January 16, 2006, 06:24 PM
My salute to all who serve!

Good shootin'....

Jubei
January 16, 2006, 07:43 PM
Good Goin' Gunny,

Don't take any smack off of those friggin' jag-offs.

And thanks to all who have served, and continue to.

Jubei

usmc0331
January 16, 2006, 07:53 PM
i was in ramdai for 8 months with the 2nd battlion 4th marines man i miss pulling the trigger i mean holding it down i loved my M240gulf:D

UWstudent
January 16, 2006, 10:57 PM
marines don't go to heaven..

they go to hell and re-group

GunnyBob
January 17, 2006, 12:09 AM
Second time today I've said this, but if it fits, it fits.

Here's to us and those like us.

Propriety forbids my continuing, but it ends something akin to "and fornicate the remainder."

Semper Fidelis

pete f
January 17, 2006, 01:11 AM
at what point does someone recognise that disarming 64 live IED's might approach "above and beyond the call of duty"?"

1911Tuner
January 17, 2006, 07:15 AM
at what point does someone recognise that disarming 64 live IED's might approach "above and beyond the call of duty"?"

If he'd been in any other branch, he'd have 64 Silver Stars by now. Marines get a slap on the back, and a hearty "Outstanding"! for that kinda stuff...oorah:D

RTFM
January 17, 2006, 09:53 AM
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, you may never read this, but I would like to personally thank you for your selfless service to us, and your fellow Americans.

God bless you.
And Thank You.

joesixpack
January 17, 2006, 09:54 AM
If he'd been in any other branch, he'd have 64 Silver Stars by now. Marines get a slap on the back, and a hearty "Outstanding"! for that kinda stuff...oorah:D

I was thinking the same thing. Disarming bombs in a war zone is all in a days work for a jarhead. Now, if he'd disarmed 64 in one DAY, and used the explosives to take out several insurgents, captured Bin Laden, and saved a little girl and three kittens from a burning building, then he might have gotten the silver star.

The Corps has standards to maintain. They don't just give away medals.

1911Tuner
January 17, 2006, 11:20 AM
I was thinking the same thing. Disarming bombs in a war zone is all in a days work for a jarhead. Now, if he'd disarmed 64 in one DAY, and used the explosives to take out several insurgents, captured Bin Laden, and saved a little girl and three kittens from a burning building, then he might have gotten the silver star.

The Corps has standards to maintain. They don't just give away medals.

:D

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