Here’s to those
who’ve seen us at our best
and seen us at our worst
and can’t tell the difference.
I laughed until I realized that it was the light from the rifle. That is messed up, but the sentiment is funny.
Battle of Takur Ghar (Rescue on Roberts Ridge) - in part of Operation Anaconda
On March 4-5th 2002, during Operation Anaconda, a combat operation that became a rescue mission to retrieve CPO1 Neil C. Roberts after falling off a damaged Chinook. Dramatized in the 2010 video game, Medal of Honor as the DEVGRU operator, Rabbit. The 17 hour engagement of a shot down rescue Chinook claimed the lives of two AFSOC operators, three Rangers and one Nightstalker pilot. The fallen sailor’s body was retrieved and serious casualties were inflicted upon the Taliban forces.
Lest we forget.
Naval Special Warfare Development Group:
Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts, 32, Woodland, California
24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C
TSgt John A. Chapman, 36, Waco, Texas
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga
Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, 21, Boulder City, Nevada
Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, 22, Orange Park, Florida
Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, Brandon, Florida
2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Sgt. Phillip “Spytech” Svitak, 31, Neosho, Missouri
38th Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, 26, Camarillo, California
Never leave a man behind.
Rangers lead the way.
Nightstalkers don’t quit.
So others may live.
look at that tree…
Nothing to see here.
The flag is not a table cloth for your douche uniform.
Stop disrespecting my symbol.
It has come to my attention that occasionally civilians see DTC posts. Either because they are the original poster, checked the notes or they have chosen to follow DTC for one reason or another. To clarify my statement I will try and put it civilian speak.
"As a patriotic citizen I thought I would bring it to your attention that the use of the flag for this marketing campaign is a violation of the spirit, if not the letter of the law of flag code. of course, it is a violation to use the flag in a way that is nor described in flag code so really this is a true violation in the fact that it is not used in a way that is allowed.
While I admire the use of American pride and spirit in mainstream marketing campaigns, by using the flag in a way that can be considered disrespectful unfortunately doesn’t convey the intended message. In addition, some people will consider the flag more than a piece of cloth to be used as a prop and more of a symbol of something greater. While that symbol of freedom will also include the freedom to disrespect it I do not think that was the intent of the marketing campaign and would advise using the flag in a different manner, one that will not be considered disrespectful. That is, of course, just my two cents.”
Is that better?
"Rock or something" still makes me laugh.
Any and all critical messages to DTC will be responded in a way that entertains the person responding. Have no illusions that it might not be enlightening to the original sender because arguing on the internet is pointless.
So please don’t encourage it. Especially the former PSYOP with too much time on his hands.
Thomas Mahoney, a Pearl Harbor survivor
Photos by Jerry McCrea
Having the literal argument is one of the laziest ways to argue. No, the flag does not belong to me alone, but if you are not savvy enough to understand what I was saying then really why should I waste my time?
In terms that most should be able to understand, for many the flag is not just a piece of cloth. It is a symbol that represents something more. Some people keep their blankets or stuffed animal they had a a kid, not because it serves a purpose but because it represents something more than just the physical object it is. That is why we don’t let it touch the ground. it isn’t just cloth, it represents more.
I won’t speak for anyone else but the flag is a representation of our nation and respecting that symbol shows the respect I have for my country and my pride in service.
I love that it represents the rights and freedoms we have in this country . And yes, that includes the right to treat it as a tablecloth prop for some shirts. I fully support a person’s right to disrespect it and even burn it as a form of protest. I don’t agree with it but I fully recognize that they have the right to do so. And in that spirit I have the right to think they are a dumbass for doing so.
Just like I have the right to think that if a person or organization wants to represent America or American pride by disrespecting the flag then they have missed the mark.
And I was not denying anyone their freedom. Great quote by the way. But use of the flag in that way is a violation of flag code. There are sections in flag code that touch on this. And if you really want to pull the online lawyer route (and I suspect you do) the image violates the spirit of the law when it comes to flag code if not the letter of the law.
So there you go. Is that better? I have once again expressed my freedom of speech, first with my post about the misuse of the flag and again responding to your message. Now we get to see if you actually listened (not literally of course because this is text) or if you just looked for ways to poke holes in what I have said. You Googled flag code didn’t you?
The funny thing is that if you respond and say I am wrong you are in a way saying that the way I express my freedom is wrong which in a way is denying me my freedom which means you do not deserve it yourself. Or you could let it slide but that would mean giving me the last word and I have found few people are capable of that. If you are still reading it means you will most likely be compelled to respond in a negative fashion.
I hope this has addressed your concerns and I of course wish you a happy and productive day.