A Real American Hero. Hero. did you know? In World War II, American soldier John R. Fox died when he deliberately called an artillery strike an himself. Realizi
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A Real American Hero

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 - anonymous (04/07/2014) [+] (18 replies)
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.
#10 - felixjarl ONLINE (04/07/2014) [+] (14 replies)
That was actually not that uncommon in the war. A special case yes but it happened a lot of times.
User avatar #21 - velho (04/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
And then he moved with his auntie and uncle in Bel-air.
User avatar #28 - amonahan (04/07/2014) [+] (37 replies)
Could a history person clarify for me, I thought America only contributed to the war in Japan. Didn't know think they fought Germans, and if they did it would've been like 1944/45 at the very end of the war. I was taught that they didn't contribute anything to the war until Japan attacked and even then they never set foot in europe.
#29 to #28 - mrmcput ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
Who the hell told you that? American troops fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Germany. The United States joined the war in 1941 and was fighting Germans on land from 1942-1945. American sailors had been fighting the Germans since 1940, before we were even at war. Who ever told you this is a liar or an idiot.
#46 - vonspyder ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
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#61 - xxxgnipsxxx ONLINE (04/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
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 #134 - pizzaweed (04/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
"Hey, you know my location?"



"Yes Sir"


"Fuck this place"
User avatar #139 - leonhardt (04/07/2014) [-]
And then he got kicked for teamkilling.
#81 - screwyouusername (04/07/2014) [+] (4 replies)
his party? since when was WWII an MMORPG?
User avatar #83 to #81 - anonymoose ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
It was his birthday, he was having a birthday party. :'(
User avatar #58 - riddlerenigma (04/07/2014) [+] (7 replies)
Is that not a similar situation as to suicide bombing?
#64 to #58 - dafuqmang (04/07/2014) [-]
No. Suicide bombings are designed to instill as much damage and panic as possible.
#107 - anonymous (04/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Die a war hero. The dream.
#101 - durkadurka ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
User avatar #130 - rokulda ONLINE (04/07/2014) [+] (4 replies)
he should have started shooting the shit out of them after calling in the strike
#136 to #130 - tomthehippie (04/07/2014) [-]
He probably did.
User avatar #138 - zombiepipboy (04/07/2014) [+] (2 replies)
I would have ordered the strike on the enemy. I understad they were close but couldnt you maybe target their position and retreat or something?
#140 to #138 - rhodg (04/07/2014) [-]
I highly doubt he called the strike without considering other options..
User avatar #71 - kentravyon (04/07/2014) [+] (3 replies)
That's cute
Battle of Kapyong

"The Chinese had managed to infiltrate the brigade position by the morning of 23 April. The Australians and Canadians were facing the whole of the Chinese 118th Division. Throughout 24 April the battle was unrelenting. It devolved, on both fronts, into hand-to-hand combat with bayonet charges. The Australians, facing encirclement, were ordered to make an orderly fall back to new defensive positions late in the day of 24 April.
2 PPCLI was completely surrounded. Captain Mills, in command of D Company, was forced to call down artillery fire on his own positions on Hill 677 several times during the early morning hours of 25 April to avoid being overrun. It had to be resupplied by air drops during this time.[11] By dawn the Chinese attack on the Canadian position had abated, and in the afternoon of 25 April the road through to the Canadians had been cleared of Chinese, at which time the 2nd Battalion was relieved.[12]
The 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery, also managed to withdraw and link up with the U.S. Army's 72nd Heavy Tank Battalion. These units provided close heavy gun support.
Canada lost 10 soldiers killed (out of allied losses of 47) and 23 wounded at this battle.
#73 to #72 - frozencrown (04/07/2014) [-]
I think you accidentally your sentence.
#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.
#168 - foxranger (04/08/2014) [-]
Hooah Lt. Fox, fought for his country that didnt fully accept him yet and fucked 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.
User avatar #2 - nospyonme (04/07/2014) [+] (3 replies)
I'm not going to downplay what the guy did, but there was a small chance he would survive.
#6 to #2 - slias (04/07/2014) [-]
True, but the odds of his surviving without being horrifically maimed are even smaller.
#110 - anonymous (04/07/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Faith in humanity... RESTORED!
User avatar #123 to #111 - truesmokewolf ONLINE (04/07/2014) [-]
He has a point. The guy was brave enough to die for his cause and made the right call. The guy was pretty ballsy and chill as fuck. Hope he had the consent of his squad..
#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.
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