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Wounded Marine keeps fighting

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drizzt, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Well-Known Member

    Wounded Marines keeps fighting
    Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division
    Story Identification #: 2005324123152
    Story by Cpl. Tom Sloan

    CAMP HURRICANE POINT, Ar Ramadi, Iraq (March 23, 2003) -- Lance Cpl. Jaime M. Magallanes was wounded by an enemy sniper while on a patrol in Ar Ramadi March 23 but he didn't let that stop him.

    It would take more than a 7.62 mm round to his protective vest to keep the 22-year-old San Antonio, Texas, native, a rifleman with 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from fighting.

    "We were patrolling in an area where there was a lot of space and open ground surrounded by buildings," Magallanes recalled. "I was moving into the next position. When, I turned around to look behind me and stood for about two seconds, and I heard a shot. I immediately took a knee, got up and ran to some other Marines to get checked out. I didn't know if I had been hit or not."

    He was hit. The round hit the top, right portion of his armored chest plate. The impact caused minor abrasions and bruising to his chest, nothing life threatening.

    The young warrior completely disregarded his injury and turned his concerns toward his fellow Marines and the mission they had set out to accomplish.

    "They tried to put me in a humvee, and I told them, 'That's a negative,'" he said.

    "I could still hold my weapon. I could still walk. My legs weren't blown off. I wanted to finish the mission."

    According to his squad leader, Cpl. Troy C. Arnold, Magallanes' performance under such circumstances was outstanding.

    "His only concern was to get his Marines out (of the line of fire) and to safety," explained the 27-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn. "He kept calm and ensured his Marines sought cover."

    Arnold added after Magallanes made sure the other Marines were safe, he continued in the fight.

    "He told the XO, 'I'm going to fulfill my mission and finish out the patrol,'" he said. "It was a good thing, too. We needed him. We still had about an hour and a half of patrolling left to do."

    Magallanes' actions didn't surprise Staff Sgt. Cole Daunhauer, his platoon sergeant.

    "He's the type that will do anything for his fellow Marines," the 31-year-old Louisville, Ky., native explained. "He gives selflessly to others. I've seen lots of Marines, and he is definitely in the top 10 percent of lance corporals I've known. He leads by example and will go on to build a great NCO corps."

    Once the patrol concluded, the infantry battalion's surgeon treated Magallanes at the battalion aid station.

    "We wiped his wound down and dressed it," said 32-year old Navy Lt. Stephen A of San Dimas, Calif. "We also listened to his lungs to see if he was breathing fine. He was cool and calm and said he wanted to return to the fight."

    In caring for his Marine, Daunhauer recommended the injured warrior receive 24 hours rest and relaxation at a medical facility on Camp Junction City.

    "He probably won't take it because of the type of Marine he is."


  2. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Well Done, Marine. And a very sincere "THANK YOU!" for going in Harm's Way, so that us back home stay out.
  3. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    Thanks to you and all the other soldiers over there. God bless all of you! Come home soon!
  4. Dr.Who

    Dr.Who Well-Known Member

    Thumbs up.... Be safe and come home proud.... Thank You
  5. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Those Intercepter vests are a fine piece of technology. Hopefully there are plenty to go around.

    Looks like the round narrowly hit the strike plate instead of going into the exposed area of his chest. He's a lucky one.
  6. sturmruger

    sturmruger Well-Known Member

    Whenever I read stories like this I always think that we don't pay these guys enough. Sounds like young man with a lot of courage.
  7. larryf1952

    larryf1952 Well-Known Member

    I get a little disheartened at the state of our young people when I think that they're all represented by the Britney Spears and MTV "Real Life" crowds. Then, every now and then, I read about 22 year olds like this, who have more courage and maturity than many my own age, and I think...maybe, we really will be OK, after all.

    I'd like to meet this young soldier, and shake his hand...and to say thank you to all like him, wherever they may be.
  8. czhen

    czhen Well-Known Member

    Iam proud about American Soldiers.
    Thanks kid
  9. Sam

    Sam Well-Known Member

    Understand perfectly larryf1952,
    We keep hearing people say that american youth is worthless/nogood/lazy/with no sense of responsibility.

    I read about L Cpl. Magallanes and say Bull$#!^ . We got plenty of good kids in this country.
    Just wait till we get a tech age Audie Murphy running around over there. The press won't be able to hide him.

  10. mhdishere

    mhdishere Well-Known Member

    The truth is, you CAN'T pay anyone enough to be like this young man, because he doesn't do it for the pay. Thank God we can still make people like him.
  11. coylh

    coylh Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I think I'd need a change of pants if that happened to me. It's lucky he wasn't hurt.

    "The impact caused minor abrasions and bruising to his chest ..."
  12. TheDutchman

    TheDutchman Well-Known Member

    This is not the first time I heard of a Marine getting shot and keep fighting.My dad told me of a story when fighting near Lz Baldy where a few Marines got hit and kept fighting.
  13. PATH

    PATH Well-Known Member

    Damn, I am proud of that Marine. OUTSTANDING! He is the kind of fellow you want covering your back. I'd go anywhere and face anyone in the company of such men! OUTSTANDING!!!
  14. medmo

    medmo Well-Known Member

    Semper Fi there Devil Dog! Now, go get some , Lance Corporal, and make Chesty proud.
  15. 20cows

    20cows Well-Known Member

    A Texan!

    "It would take more than a 7.62 mm round to his protective vest to keep the 22-year-old San Antonio, Texas, native, a rifleman with 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from fighting."

    He did Texas proud!
  16. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    It isn't about money.
  17. yorec

    yorec Well-Known Member

    Honor and pride... Magallanes certainly can take one in having shown the other!

    And we can be proud to recognize him as a Marine!
  18. Johnnybgood

    Johnnybgood Well-Known Member

    In Guns & Ammo Combat Arms Magazine

    May issue there is an article called Iraq: Lessons from the Sandbox. Written by Richard Venola. In the article he states:"Troop leaders are concerned about the rise of an unusual and dangerous form of indiscipline: Men are failing to report serious wounds for fear of having to be medevaced. Morale among the combat units is so high that men will risk courts-martial, maiming or death to stay with their buddies in the fight. How's that for a leadership challenge?"
    Not to detrack from the young man above, but it looks like this is not an isolated incident. We can be very proud of our young men, and women in uniform. God Bless them all!
  19. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    I am not sure what the big deal is about this incident. Since when does minor abrasions and a bruise rate a story such as this? The wound didn't even preclude him from his assigned duties. Given that he didn't actually suffer any sort of significant injury, there is no reason why he would not keep fighting or continue his patrol.

    He and the rest are heroes for doing the jobs they do, but there is no reason to make this guy sound like some sort of really special person just because of some scrapes and a bruise. This is a non-story. Next, we will be having stories on the bravery of soldiers who kept fighting after getting a blister.
  20. medmo

    medmo Well-Known Member

    Double Naught Spy it's too late. I remember recently we all had a fella running for president who some claimed to be an authentic, genuine hero who had wounds equal to or less than the Lcpl. received. This guy even submitted himself for medals that are reserved for those with serious wounds. He did so knowingly that on the third receipt of one of those medals he would be pulled from the fight and sent back to the world.

    There are reasons why a leader might want to give a guy in this situation a 48 hour break, (give him a chance to purge the system with Budweiser). He may become a liability to his unit and get him or a member killed or wounded by either being overly aggressive or too cautious.

    It's the commanders decision and this Lcpl.'s commander obviously came to the correct conclusion that he was Good to Go.

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