- Aug 18, 2011
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Clockwise from our Chocolate Lab “Brady” (who is still around) to “Harvey” (who had to be put down... Tosa-Inu issue) to “Chloe”, our St. Bernard who passed away and was a great “mama” to Brady. We now have an 8 month black Newfie puppy that is a trouble making little pony and a 7 yr. old Corgy/Aussie mix that we “inherited” from our son and daughter-in-law that keep Brady company.
The next two pictures: when I was stationed at Île Saint-Joseph for a couple of weeks sending a single daily morse report which consisted of RAS (Rien à signaler, nothing to report). That was the shape I was in prior to the “mission profonde” (deep patrol mission) in my last post. The bottom picture, taken during the mission profonde, shows a decapitated “visitor”... One in many. My reason for posting the bottom photo is to do with the fellow whose face is shown (he's probably dead or should be close to it now) who wrangled a spot on this trek but had to be evacuated mid-way through.
During one of the sporadic jungle combat training missions we had this piece of dung had taken a Sgt's place (he was an adjudant) and was in charge of our merry little group where I was a “little chief”. In one place which had “sign” everywhere, we were ambushed and were face-on to a machine gun emplacement, which he decided to charge directly with our little band. Just imagine if this was the real deal and you had to follow a fool like this. Knowing what should be done and what was actually taking place as we were doing it should make anyone sick to their stomach knowing that you only had a few minutes to live (if this were the real thing) and knowing you couldn't do anything about it... With the exception of a sidearm BTB to his head and taking over. Well, sidearm BTB's didn't exist and no matter what I could have done it would not have gone well. In any case, we were wiped out. The capper to this was that I passing a few sous-officiers with this clown among them and I overheard him joking about what happened. Now, I've been shot at before (not in the Legion), I was in situations in the Legion where shooting could have occurred but didn't (we were discreet) and I cross-trained with a SEAL unit in Puerto Rico with live fire ambushes, retreats and a few other scenarios of the trade so I wasn't inept and had a strong survival instinct. What had taken place during that training session and the subsequent comments that I overheard still piss me off but I kept my mouth shut in both instances. I had been in jail at least a dozen times on paper (once in person) so I just... let it go.
For anyone who has not yet dealt with such a situation and is in active service, hopefully fools like this goof will not be given the chance to lead anyone anywhere but if you are in the company of one (or more) like this... proceed with extreme caution.