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Bad, but humble dude #7607926
06/18/22 07:34 PM
06/18/22 07:34 PM
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Amite county Mississippi
Wolfdog91 Offline OP
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Had this guy take over one of the infantry companies my company supported and let me tell you , guy was a baaadd dude. One of the absolute most humble and knowledge hungry people too though. Talked to him a few times and was always super nice and encouraging. Remember him talking about setting up a SDM class and I walked up and asked did I could possibly take it even though I was a mechanic. Remember him laughing and saying why not ? Said he believed everyone should keep trying to learn things when they could . Said if he was offered him an underwater basket weaving class he'd take it in a heartbeat. That and a bunch of other stuff he said still bounce around in my head alot. Great guy. Hope he's still out there kicking

Men with Hard Bark.

In October 2006, while in the Daychopan Valley of Afghanistan, the Taliban launched mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at U.S. Army Sgt. Melson and his team, which included Army Green Berets. Melson was hit, and his eardrum ruptured. Dizzy and vomiting, he still managed to man a machine gun and helped repel the attack.

The following day, Melson was in the lead Humvee, behind three Afghan Army pickup trucks, when some 100 Taliban ambushed the convoy. The Afghans abandoned their trucks, blocking the Americans’ path and trapping them inside the kill zone. “Taliban were within 10–15 meters from us, and my turret was getting hit bad,” Melson says. “I just kept on engaging and knew if I stopped, the SF guys would be in a bad spot. The noise was deafening. I was so scared but wasn’t going to die without a fight.”

Suddenly, an A-10 swooped down, pounding the area with fire. “I had no idea this was coming,” Melson says. “I lost my breath. I looked back at my friend on the gun in the truck behind me, and he was screaming, ‘They can’t see us; pop smoke!’ Then suddenly, all the noise stopped. I was still being engaged by the Taliban, but the fear left me. All I could think about was not letting one of the SF guys die behind me. It was so surreal. I accepted dying, and [thought] dying fighting is how I would be remembered.” Melson kept firing. Although he was wounded by small-arms fire, he prevailed and was credited with helping turn back the attack that left 50 Taliban killed and 25 wounded. For his actions, Melson was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart.

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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7607931
06/18/22 07:40 PM
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There has been and are some great warriors out there.........most who are never heard of.


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608005
06/18/22 09:12 PM
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And sometimes it's the ones you would never expect....Warriors!

Those eyes tell a story, my great uncle who fought in WW2 had them, and my uncle who did 2 tours in Vietnam had those same eyes.


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608071
06/18/22 10:54 PM
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God bless our warriors.



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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608103
06/18/22 11:48 PM
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He is a 3 tabber! Go through a lot for that.


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608116
06/19/22 12:30 AM
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Cool.


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Scout1] #7608137
06/19/22 01:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Scout1
He is a 3 tabber! Go through a lot for that.

Four actually.
Sniper
SF
Ab
Ranger
I don't really ever remember seeing him wear any though confused
Guy actually got over cancer to get on the army


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: ky_coyote_hunter] #7608138
06/19/22 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by ky_coyote_hunter
And sometimes it's the ones you would never expect....Warriors!

Those eyes tell a story, my great uncle who fought in WW2 had them, and my uncle who did 2 tours in Vietnam had those same eyes.


You notice that too huh... Most people seem not to. Evey guy like him had those eyes like you said


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608150
06/19/22 01:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolfdog91
Originally Posted by Scout1
He is a 3 tabber! Go through a lot for that.

Four actually.
Sniper
SF
Ab
Ranger
I don't really ever remember seeing him wear any though confused
Guy actually got over cancer to get on the army

Cancer was probably afraid of him! Keep your body strong, you never know what it will fight. Wolfie, you're still young enough to stab at Ranger School??????


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608207
06/19/22 08:05 AM
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Stay Alive Stay A Lurp.


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Re: Bad, but humble dude [Re: Wolfdog91] #7608557
06/19/22 07:40 PM
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I always had deep respect for our military people. Especially men like him who could literally tear you apart but instead of flaunting it they are humble. I always wanted to join myself but kept hearing because Im flat footed and have a concave chest they wouldn’t accept me so I never tried.

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