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A Real American Hero

did you know?
In World War II, American soldier John R. Fox
died when he deliberately called an artillery
strike an himself. Realizing that German troops
were overrunning his party' s position, the strike
delayed the enemy long enough for other
American units be organize a counter attack.
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#1 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
I would rather call an artillery strike on myself and kill a bunch of enemy troops in the process of dying then just have them come and kill me.
User avatar #148 to #1 - Scorch (04/08/2014) [-]
A soldier can surrender and will then be a prisoner of war. It's not allowed to kill a soldier that has surrendered.

I am uncertain as to how this war law is enforced but I know it's true, it's also the reason being a spy sucks because it means your not a soldier and you just end op getting shot
User avatar #151 to #148 - theonlybatman (04/08/2014) [-]
Don't some countries still kill prisoners?
User avatar #192 to #151 - Scorch (04/08/2014) [-]
I just remembered what word I was looking for, it's a warcrime so the more "civilised" countries tend to not do it.

But alot of the guerrilla's and extremist fractions dont uphold international law to much. Which is why alot of prisoners of war will still get ****** up nowadays.
User avatar #15 to #1 - freebrainsforall (04/07/2014) [-]
Just like you would rather jump on a grenade then have it kill you and your friends.

Just like everyone else will say that they theoretically would if the situation came up.

Just like barely anyone ever actually does because the fear in that situation would be immense and you won't be thinking logically.

Easy to say **** at your computer isn't it?
User avatar #19 to #15 - braveblue (04/07/2014) [-]
Well this decision could have ****** your country over. And plus you were basically going to be found and die. You could have also been killed by a stray bullet or a grenade anyway.
User avatar #20 to #19 - freebrainsforall (04/07/2014) [-]
That doesn't mean you would do it.

Hardly anyone actually will, regardless of what they say at their computer. It's just basic statistics. There's a reason these stories are rare, do you think situations like this RARELY show up? It's extremely rare to actually have to courage to do something like this, even when it's completely logical.
#75 to #20 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
You can't prove that he wouldn't. All you're doing is refuting a hypothetical situation, which is as much use as you trying to find your dick.
User avatar #76 to #75 - freebrainsforall (04/07/2014) [-]
>You can't prove that he wouldn't

I can prove it's statistically extremely unlikely that the statement he is making is a actually true.

>All you're doing is refuting a hypothetical situation

...A hypothetical situation which he proposed.
#3 to #1 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
Cool story, but you can't be killed twice...
#9 to #3 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
User avatar #25 to #9 - fjaggot (04/07/2014) [-]
finally someone using this correctly
#99 to #9 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
THe correct use of this had my hysterically dying…..

not literally

… but I laughed my ass off
not literally
#118 to #99 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
Ahaha! Why doesn't this have more thumbs?
User avatar #85 to #9 - funnychemaster ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
All these good thumbs for anonymous.. so sad
#93 to #85 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
>Implying thumbs matter

You brainwashed sod.
User avatar #94 to #93 - funnychemaster ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
You're right, red thumb for you!
#96 to #94 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
Do whatever you want

You're still an attention-starved thumbwhore
User avatar #145 to #85 - halloweenwillcome (04/08/2014) [-]
**halloweenwillcome rolled comment #168 ** :
User avatar #134 - pizzaweed (04/07/2014) [-]
"Hey, you know my location?"

"Yes Sir"

" **** this place"
#143 to #134 - kommandantvideo (04/07/2014) [-]
#61 - xxxgnipsxxx (04/07/2014) [-]
Everyone is saying big deal that was the logical decision, but the act of literally calling in death upon yourself when maybe you had the chance of surviving just to allow your comrades time to properly defend themselves is a very noble, selfless act.
User avatar #69 to #61 - fjusernumberone (04/07/2014) [-]
Very true.
Though I'm not saying that I think him any less of a hero I will say that if the enemy was overrunning his position I doubt he would have survived. while the artillery strike wouldn't necessarily hit him. He could've gotten lucky and the shells dropped around him with just enough space between that he didn't get hit.
User avatar #21 - velho (04/07/2014) [-]
And then he moved with his auntie and uncle in Bel-air.
User avatar #108 to #21 - chimpaflimp (04/07/2014) [-]
He reminds me of prince. I think it's the moustache.
User avatar #139 - leonhardt (04/07/2014) [-]
And then he got kicked for teamkilling.
#10 - felixjarl (04/07/2014) [-]
That was actually not that uncommon in the war. A special case yes but it happened a lot of times.
User avatar #179 to #10 - Customer Services (04/08/2014) [-]
Russians did that A LOT of times after Bagration Started.
#27 to #10 - douthit (04/07/2014) [-]
This came in handy quickly.
User avatar #91 to #27 - wooyoungkim (04/07/2014) [-]
I'm no American military expert, but the call "Broken-Arrow" means fire on my position. Again, I'm not too sure.

However, during the Battle for Height 776 at Chechenya, Russian paratroopers called an artillery strike on their position after realizing that they will be overrun.

Still a selfless and courageous act indeed.
#106 to #91 - mcsquishin (04/07/2014) [-]
In American military parlance the term broken arrow has two meanings. The first is to call in all available close air support (fixed wing attack aircraft) to blow the **** up whatever needs to be blown the **** up. This does not necessarily mean to call in an airstrike directly on top of your position.

The second meaning of the term is to describe a nuclear incident that does not have the potential to aggravate nuclear war.
User avatar #117 to #106 - wooyoungkim (04/07/2014) [-]

but on the note of the first "Broken Arrow" explanation, it includes your position if needed or requested, correct?
User avatar #120 to #117 - mcsquishin (04/07/2014) [-]
While I'm a US Army veteran, keep in mind I've never once heard this expression used during mission planning, or anything really. I'm just going to make a highly educated guess.

I would assume that the target area for a broken arrow strike is predetermined and incorporated into the operation order. It could be anywhere. Wherever during your mission planning you feel an emergency airstrike would do the most good.

In the event that **** totally hits the fan and you need to call a strike down directly on top of your own position, my guess is that something like that would have it's own unique code word.
User avatar #158 to #120 - febreezboi (04/08/2014) [-]
thanks for doing service brother, I served in the marines for a long time, I'm currently an 0-2 and loving the life to be honest.
User avatar #162 to #158 - mcsquishin (04/08/2014) [-]
Awesome stuff Sir. I've always had great love and admiration for Marines. It's a long story, but a Marine is who lead me to eventually enlist in the military. I got out as an E-5 not too long ago, and while I don't regret my decision to ETS I do miss the life.
User avatar #164 to #162 - febreezboi (04/08/2014) [-]
I ******* love the marine life, I was visiting fort hood when the shooting happened (the bigger one, not the recent one). I was luckily on the opposite side of the base when it happened. My heart goes out to the families that lost people in the shooting though.
User avatar #142 to #91 - thehighking (04/07/2014) [-]
My dad just missed Vietnam when he enlisted into the marine corps. He met a Vietnam vet who called broken arrow on his squad, because they were overrun, and he was the only survivor. It hurt him inside because he called the order.
#70 to #27 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
I'm an infantryman from a country I will not specify.
If it all goes really sour we are required to say "uno-uno" on the radio which will call an artillery/mortar strike on our position.

By sour I mean if it's certain that we we'll die anyway.

If I'm not mistaken, the Russians have a similar thing.
#84 to #70 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
and im a potato
#131 to #70 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
lol ur spanish
#46 - vonspyder ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
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#107 - John Cena (04/07/2014) [-]
Die a war hero. The dream.
#135 - tomthehippie (04/07/2014) [-]
During the battle for Guadalcanal Signalman First Class Munro of the United States Coast Guard was commanding an amphibious landing craft, with orders to pull out a platoon of Marines that were pinned down by enemy fire. He jumped in the highly exposed turret of the landing craft, while his coxswain jumped in the other. Both laid down a barrage of fire to cover the Marine's retreat.

During this, a bullet struck POFC Munro in the head. Munro kept fighting until all the Marines were aboard the boat, afterwards his coxswain piloted the boat back into open water.

At this point Munro was laid down in the bed of the landing craft, with a serious head wound. His last words were, "Did we get them all?", only after his coxswain told him that they had gotten all the Marines off the beach did Munro die.

Semper Paratus Signalman Munro.
#101 - durkadurka ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
#168 - foxranger (04/08/2014) [-]
Hooah Lt. Fox, fought for his country that didnt fully accept him yet and ****** up the germans. Made a command decision many would have never made. Medal Of Honor recipient and an officer worthy of leading men. Rest easy sir.
#88 - RabbidRabbits (04/07/2014) [-]
Oh man my mind mixed this up at first. I thought the artillery strike didn't hit until the Americans were already organizing their counter attack.
Oh man my mind mixed this up at first. I thought the artillery strike didn't hit until the Americans were already organizing their counter attack.
#166 - hybridxproject (04/08/2014) [-]
His grandson later became an R&B legend
His grandson later became an R&B legend
User avatar #105 - ompalomper (04/07/2014) [-]
men! the enemy is about to overrun our position and if they come past this line they will cause one BIG **** storm. what we can do is to call in artillery to try to slow them down but it will land first when they are on top of us. i will not begrudge anyone that wishes to fall back for after i call this strike in we need to keep them here for maximum effect. all you who wish to stay... it is my honor to lead you into battle.

#90 - newdevyx (04/07/2014) [-]
It's raining 			****		. would've sucked to be him.
It's raining **** . would've sucked to be him.
User avatar #43 - secretlybatman (04/07/2014) [-]
he's good but this guy here is a bit of a hero as well (Fijian, got a victoria cross from the brits)

On June 23rd, 1944 at Mawaraka, Bougainville, in the Solomon Islands, Cpl. Sefanaia Sukanaivalu crawled forward to rescue some men wounded when their platoon was ambushed. After recovering two men this N.C.O. volunteered to go alone through heavy fire to try and rescue another - but on the way back was seriously wounded and fell to the ground unable to move further. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to rescue him; and realising that his men would not withdraw while he was still alive Cpl. Sukanaivalu raised himself up in front of the Japanese machine gun and was riddled with bullets. This brave Fiji soldier, after rescuing two wounded men with the greatest heroism and being gravely wounded himself, deliberately sacrificed his own life knowing that in no other way could his men be induced to retire from a situation in which they must have been annihilated.

—The London Gazette, 2 November 1944
User avatar #77 to #43 - mysticana (04/07/2014) [-]
Psst. Don't look down.
#126 - wwiiexplain (04/07/2014) [-]
I approve
#182 - Yojimbo (04/08/2014) [-]
"A cornered Fox is more dangerous than a jackal!"
User avatar #155 - jacklane (04/08/2014) [-]
Is that a ******* alien?
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