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2013-02-09 Home Front: WoT
Hero of COP Keating battle to receive MoH
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Posted by Steve White 2013-02-09 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [1933 views ]  Top

#1 Should have been awarded the MOH years ago, along with a direct commission. Uncommon valor of the first order!
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-09 09:39||   2013-02-09 09:39|| Front Page Top

#2 It is noteworthy that these are being awarded long, long after the event...
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-09 10:00||   2013-02-09 10:00|| Front Page Top

#3  It is noteworthy that these are being awarded long, long after the event...

What explains that? Bureaucratic delay or infighting? Someone staging a little theater or distraction?
Posted by SteveS 2013-02-09 11:14||   2013-02-09 11:14|| Front Page Top

#4 So why didn't Bush award them sooner?

Oh ..... has it been that long?
Posted by Bobby 2013-02-09 11:15||   2013-02-09 11:15|| Front Page Top

#5 Look at the date in the article - October 2009. I think any MOH consideration would have been during Bumbles bumbling reign.
Posted by CrazyFool 2013-02-09 11:21||   2013-02-09 11:21|| Front Page Top

#6  Bureaucratic delay or infighting?

Yes, upper level Puzzle Place intrigues of the bureaucrats, both in uniform and out. The whole mess has been taken over by block checking managers rather than fighters. We've been at war for 10 years, how many commanders and leaders on the battlefield have been promoted without regard to 'box checking'? They've kept the "friggin" peacetime promotion system in place and the 'mother my I' award system.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-02-09 11:48||   2013-02-09 11:48|| Front Page Top

#7 Couldn't figure out why Outpost Keating was place where it was; basically at the low point of a bowl formed by surrounding mountains. The high ground was occupied by the enemy. The outpost was hard to get to by helicopter and by road. It seems the outpost was stuck out there and basically forgotten. Maybe, I'm missing something but that doesn't seem like any way to fight a war. The people at the outpost had a good accounting of themselves--brave soldiers.
Posted by JohnQC 2013-02-09 15:13||   2013-02-09 15:13|| Front Page Top

#8 just looking at my spurs on the plaque on my wall over there, wondering where I stored my Stetson ... If you ain't Cav...

Scouts OUT!
Posted by OldSpook 2013-02-09 15:16||   2013-02-09 15:16|| Front Page Top

#9 Typical cavalry mission. Go someplace obvious, draw in craploads of hostiles, and hope you can kill enough of them to survive until the relief force gets there. We've been doing that since the Indian wars on the great plains. Such has always been the duty of "scouts" and "covering forces"
Posted by OldSpook 2013-02-09 15:20||   2013-02-09 15:20|| Front Page Top

#10 Just like Dien Bien Phu. It works until it doesn't.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2013-02-09 15:23||   2013-02-09 15:23|| Front Page Top

#11 Maybe, I'm missing something but that doesn't seem like any way to fight a war

Same reason you put the biggest f---ing flag you can find on the mast and go steaming up the Straits of Hormuz in the middle of the day. Because you're hoping* the 'other guy' is stupid and angry enough to attack you.

*you're also hoping that the TLAMs and Harpoons are ready and aircraft from the carrier are close enough.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-09 20:06||   2013-02-09 20:06|| Front Page Top

#12 Gee, I wonder when/where/how this fine serviceman's parents came up with that first name? In any case, he has now raised that name to noteworthy distinction. My deepest respect to this fine NCO.

Now, if the gears could just get unstuck in regards to the MOH process for CPT Will Swenson -
Posted by Lone Ranger 2013-02-09 21:17||   2013-02-09 21:17|| Front Page Top

#13 Gee, I wonder when/where/how this fine serviceman's parents came up with that first name?

Could have been named for a certain actor who played Rowdy Yates on an old TV western.
Posted by Mullah Richard 2013-02-09 22:53||   2013-02-09 22:53|| Front Page Top

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