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U.S. troops in Afghanistan could soon be awarded a medal for not doing something, a precedent-setting award that would be given for “courageous restraint” for holding fire to save civilian lives.
Originally posted by Violater1
It is Horrible for me to think that I would have to cut down 1 or 2 or 20 children to get to a Taliban sniper, or truck load of explosives barreling into camp, but to save my fellow soldiers, I'll do it! ....
America Love it or Leave it!
“There’s a great photograph from the Marjah operation,” McChrystal continued. “I think it’s a U.S. Marine shielding an Afghan man and an Afghan child with his own body. He wasn’t shooting anyone. He didn’t kill any Taliban. But I would argue that he showed as much courage as any that I’ve seen on the battlefield.
“So when we talk about courage … I don’t think we need a different medal, to differentiate different kinds of courage.”
McChrystal did not elaborate on what he might be contemplating. Possibilities might include awards of the Bronze Star or Air Medal, awarded for meritorious achievement or acts of heroism “in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.”
Originally posted by Gamecock
reply to post by Rockpuck
why be embarrassed to wear the medal? I would think that it would symbolize the compassion and respect for human life that one must have in order to put yourself and your brothers at risk by holding fire to protect innocent people that happen to be in the line of fire by no fault of their own.