Description. Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had becom Murica tits anal bleach
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Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.

Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater.

The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground. 'I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.' Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet 'A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me..' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.'

His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there 'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt. 'I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. ‘I flipped them one’. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week.'

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#15 - headkicker (03/16/2013) [+] (1 reply)
His legs were most likely shielded from the blast by his

Collosal Balls of Steel!
#20 - xxsockmonsterxx (03/16/2013) [+] (1 reply)
The insurgents FW
#8 - applescryatnight (03/16/2013) [+] (3 replies)
but if he was in a wheelchair, he could play bumper cars with his dad
#23 - PiMaker (03/16/2013) [+] (2 replies)
why look at this, i seem to have found a gif of Iron Mike
why look at this, i seem to have found a gif of Iron Mike
#6 - theonlytinman (03/16/2013) [-]
OORAH GUNNY!
OORAH GUNNY!
#19 - temporalguardian (03/16/2013) [-]
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User avatar #5 - pocketstooheavy (03/16/2013) [+] (4 replies)
"Found this on Facebook"


Definately made-up.
#7 to #5 - waffies ONLINE (03/16/2013) [-]
http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/burghardt.asp   
   

			
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>implying everything on Facebook has to be false
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>implying everything on Facebook has to be false
#46 - undyingpanda (03/16/2013) [-]
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#26 - dawggz (03/16/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Whoever understands this picture without looking it up just now, and understands the correlation with the Content posted above, I love you.
#24 - alchemicfreak (03/16/2013) [-]
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User avatar #14 - bottleofwater ONLINE (03/16/2013) [+] (1 reply)
That post was so manly, my balls dropped a second time.
#33 - andredeking (03/16/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I read this desc in this guy's voice



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#29 to #28 - ShockedNazi (03/16/2013) [-]
i posted this because i thought it was cool, why would seek attention from people i dont even know?
User avatar #42 - anorexikchimp (03/16/2013) [+] (1 reply)
"found on Facebook".Does this mean that this is just likely a made up story on facebook saying "1 like=1 respect" just to fool a **** tonne of gullible people into believing it?
#73 - alawabidingcitizen (03/16/2013) [-]
Insurgent's face when
Insurgent's face when
#63 - redrock (03/16/2013) [-]
I mean, the guy's pretty bad ass to have that kind of record and it's a pretty amazing story for him to have now...


But isn't this really just the story of a particularly ****** bomb?
User avatar #56 - psykojet (03/16/2013) [-]
Reminds me of the quote from the new Red Dawn. "Marines don't die. They go to Hell and regroup."
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