Monday, June 19, 2006

Two American POW/MIA

Al-Qaida has apparently taken two U.S. Servicemen as Prisoners of War (POW)... but I believe that they are actually listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Some background on the two soldiers can be found here and at Blogs of War. Also, check out the comments at B.O.W. and see the terrorist Assclown who commented. I can say that there is a MASSIVE effort underway to find these guys. The Army doesn't want another POW like Specialist Matt Maupin. The fifth paragraph of the Ranger Creed says:
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
There is a price for searching for your buddies, but it is a price that we all willingly pay.

I heard the retelling of a story the other day that seems applicable. There were two buddies who joined up to serve in WWII together. They were out fighting in Europe when their unit was overwhelmed and they were ordered to retreat back to their last position. One of the buddies was up and back at the last position in no time... and noticed that his friend was not with them. He grabbed his commander and told him that he had to go back. The commander said that it was suicide and that they didn't leave anyone alive back on the line. Aware of the danger, the friend ran right back into the fight. Some time later, the commander looked up through the smoke to see this man limping and carrying the lifeless form of his buddy over his shoulder. He said, "See, I told you that he was dead, and now you're injured!" The buddy replied, "No, he was alive when I found him and his last words were, 'I knew you'd come for me.'"

Men can do incredible things if they know that they aren't alone. Pray for our men that are missing, pray for their families, and pray for the men who are searching for them.

UPDATE: The soldiers were found dead. R.I.P. PFC Tucker and PFC Menchaca.

Thanks LongTabSigO.