Combat can throw you off the rails. It can destroy even your will to try to go on. The veteran at this first link, former Army Sergeant Kyle White, describes how that happened to him following the ambush of his 14-man patrol from the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His story is a heartbreaker, but it’s also Sergeant’s White’s encouragement to those vets whose service has thrown them off the rails. He also has a completely different take on what wearing the Medal of Honor means. You’re on, Sergeant White… “It was the worst day of my life, and it would be followed by many hard years caught in an endless battle inside my head … My last memory of my friend was of him smiling and looking back at me as we teased each other. In many ways, I suppose that was a fitting goodbye.”
Yet Sergeant White came out into the light again. He says, “Today, when I look back on these 13 years that have passed, I look back with gratitude. There are times I am not proud of and other times that I am. I am thankful because life is good — damn good.”
To anyone, warrior or not, who may be in an emotional typhoon like Sergeant White’s apart, his story is proof that there is a way through the raging storm. You can do it. It’s worth the exhausting effort. It’s worth that seemingly endless struggle. You can come out of the storm again into clear blue sky and peace. Don’t quit. Don’t give up!
“Rain of Grenades” – This is an incredible story of an immigrant from Mexico who became a combat medic with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and served in Vietnam. He was not naturalized until 1967, a year after the combat for which he was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor. He was finally awarded the Medal of Honor on February 8, 2000, by President Bill Clinton. At that link there is a full description of Spec4 Rascon’s actions, preceded by some general information about immigrants who served in the US military.
We featured this next veteran in a previous post on the Heartbeat: Sergeant Alwyn Cashe entered a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle while drenched in fuel to rescue six fellow soldiers and their interpreter. He died five days later from the 2nd and 3rd degree burns covering 72 percent of his body. This Tuesday, November 10th, the Senate passed legislation which will allow President Trump to award Sergeant Cashe the Medal of Honor posthumously in spite of the fact that fifteen years has passed. Medal of Honor awards are normally required to be given within five years of the event. If anyone deserves honor it is Sergeant Cashe. Literally enduring hell to save your soldiers is a superhuman feat. May God give you rest and peace, Sergeant Cashe.
It looks almost certain that we are going to war on a global scale soon, especially if Joe Biden is awarded the presidency. We will need our warriors more than ever before in America’s history, and more than ever before in their lives our warriors will need the forgiveness of sins and peace with God that only comes from faith in Jesus.
Taiwan is conducting urban warfare training in the expectation, obviously, of the Chinese getting ashore in force when they attack.
The future is not bright ahead: “A Biden Presidency Would Appease Iran, Destabilize Mideast”
Oct 26 ’20: This sale hangs in the balance with a Biden presidency: Senate approves 400 Harpoon missiles for Taiwan.
There is still a $23.4 billion deal to sell state-of-the-art weapons to the United Arab Emirate, which will also be unlikely under a Biden presidency, although the US State Department “… has now formally approved three major proposed arms deals [with the UAE]…” Given that Saudi Arabia regards Iran as a very deadly enemy, far worse than the US, Biden’s election, if he is indeed elected, couldn’t have come at a worse time.
From the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals via the Center for Security Policy: Internal Power Struggle Could Intensify in China. According to the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, there are some fairly powerful Chinese politicians who do not want to get into a confrontation with the US! (The author, Akio Yaita, is the Taipei Bureau Chief of Japan’s Sankei Shimbun newspaper, the sixth largest newspaper in Japan, with a large number of notable alumni.)
“On Veteran’s Day Let Us Remember Who Keeps the Peace … Armistice Day would be changed to Veterans Day in 1954, because far from ending wars, the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for the next world war … Peace, hard won by America’s military veterans, squandered by bureaucratic ideologues convinced they knew better.” The author, Morgan Wirthlin, is the Chief of Staff at the Center for Security Policy and a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science.
True peace, however, lasting peace for each human soul, and forgiveness of sins, and eternal life in Heaven, only come from personal faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of all who put their faith in Him. I pray that our warriors will know that and act on it. True victory*** only comes from faith in King Jesus Who died in our place, if we will accept His sacrifice for us.
May God be with America’s troops wherever they are, in peace or war, and give them victory, and bring them home safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.
* Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
*John wrote, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1st John 4:4)
*In the 5th chapter of that letter, John wrote, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1st John 5:4-5)
Have a blessed and safe RED Friday all.