21 September 2009

على الأقل أنا لا يمسح مؤخرتي بيدي

From the Soldier side: So if you all remember a few weeks ago I was talking about the Marine who now lives next to my older son. This Marine was wounded and his only regret is that he couldn't stay in the Marines due to his injuries.
This was one of his stories.
"While at (some shit hole in Iraq) his unit came under fire. One of the Marines was hit by some shrapnel in the "buttocks". This may sound funny, but it can hurt alot and lead to some bad infections.
The Navy Corpsmen had the wounded Marine remove his helmet, body armor and pants so he could treat the wounds, check for other injuries and run an IV. They moved the injured Marine to a sort of safer spot, leaving his stuff where he was injured.

The little terrorist assholes started firing on the unit again, and the wounded Marine was asking for somebody to recover his helmet, body armor and pants. My friend ran under fire to get the items, then ran them over to the wounded Marine so he could use the items for protection.
Nobody is actually expected to do things like this under fire. But the good ones do.

Can you figure out what على الأقل أنا لا يمسح مؤخرتي بيدي is? It's Arabic. (translation may be a little rough.)

10 comments:

Coffeypot said...

That’s' Arabic??? Who would have known? I thought you had a seizure while typing.

There are many stories like this about bravery and sacrifice under combat situations that are never reported or rewarded, but are remembered by those there. Your son’s neighbor will always have a beer waiting for him at the wounded Marine’s home.

chupacabra said...

At least I do not wipe my ass with my own hands

Wrexie said...

كنت الكراك لي!

LL said...

"...'E carried me away
To where a dooli lay,
An' a bullet come an' drilled the beggar clean.
'E put me safe inside,
An' just before 'e died,
"I 'ope you liked your drink", sez Gunga Din.
So I'll meet 'im later on
At the place where 'e is gone --
Where it's always double drill and no canteen;
'E'll be squattin' on the coals
Givin' drink to poor damned souls,
An' I'll get a swig in hell from Gunga Din!"...

Red said...

The bravery and selflessness of some of our Marines never ceases to amaze me

CI-Roller Dude said...

Chup is correct and wins the Prize...which is....a handshake and a slap on the back.

Some folks think that Marines, Saliors, Soldiers and Airmen who do stuff like this are heroes.

Yep they are, but they don't usually plan on being one.

Coffeypot said...

Wrexie, he may not do that but he definitely cracks (no pun intended) us up.

CI-Roller Dude said...

Wrexie may be a lot better at this stuff than some may think.

Kanani said...

Ah, now that's a great story!

chupacabra said...

Thanks man. I'm thinking of incorporating that into a tattoo- I may be an infidel...

That would be on one shoulder with names of the troops from my BCT KIA and the dates of their losses on the other.

Will send a pic if I ever go thru with it.