May 15, 2006
Hey! What's all this moping around?
Well Loyal Readers, I've been on vacation with Mrs. Chester for a week or so. Didn't pay too much attention to the news while gone.
You can imagine my surprise upon returning and plugging back in to see there's all this talk of Conservative Fatigue Syndrome.
If some of you out there need a little inspiration, I offer you Corporal Jeremiah Workman, USMC:
The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to
CORPORAL JEREMIAH W. WORKMAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
For extraordinary heroism while serving as Squad Leader, Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, US Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 December 2004. During clearing operations in Al Fallujah, Iraq, Corporal Workman displayed exceptional situational awareness while organizing his squad to enter a building to retrieve isolated Marines inside. Despite heavy resistance from enemy automatic weapon fire, and a barrage of grenades, Corporal Workman fearlessly exposed himself and laid down a base of fire that allowed the isolated Marines to escape. Outside the house, he rallied the rescued Marines and directed fire onto insurgent positions as he aided wounded Marines in a neighboring yard. After seeing these Marines to safety, he led another assault force into the building to eliminate insurgents and extract more Marines. Corporal Workman again exposed himself to enemy fire while providing cover fire for the team when an enemy grenade exploded directly in front of him causing shrapnel wounds to his arms and legs. Corporal Workman continued to provide intense fire long enough to recover additional wounded Marines and extract them from the besieged building. Although injured, he led a third assault into the building, rallying his team one last time to extract isolated Marines before M1A1 tanks arrived to support the battle. Throughout this fight, Corporal Workman's heroic actions contributed to the elimination of 24 insurgents. By his bold leadership, wise judgment and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Workman reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy
Semper Fi, now-Sergeant Workman! I'm glad you're on our side.
[Thanks to Sgt. Workman's mother-in-law for forwarding the citation to me!]
Posted by Chester at May 15, 2006 9:54 PM
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Another Red and Gold Reason to get up and go to work without complaint every day. If CPL Workman can take care of business this way, then I sure as hell ought to be able to get off my ass and go to my safe 9-5 job and do my part to pay his salary. He ain't getting paid enough.
Press on, SGT Workman. You inspire all us old farts to do what we have to do. And you and your shipmates will always have a place at our table.
Posted by: Subsunk at May 16, 2006 7:32 AM
Agreed...puts my IT job dealing with the French in perspective. It's easy to forget how good you have it sometimes....it's even easier to forget that I have it this easy because of the men and women like Sgt. Workman.
Thanks, Sgt. Workman and Semper Fi.
Posted by: Cro at May 16, 2006 8:05 AM
What the F*** does it take to with the MoH these days? Is it posthumous by definition?
Posted by: Richard R at May 16, 2006 8:17 AM
This is why I've come to hate our news media.
You won't see this on the evening news, CNN, or even FOX. Frankly I think Sgt Workman ought to be assualting the studio's and newsrooms instead of killing terrorist. Dan Rather, Oprah, et al are a far bigger danger to this country than Bin Laden ever will be.
Posted by: Jake at May 16, 2006 9:17 AM
Again, a member of the U.S. military shows himself far superior than anyone in the MSM or Hollywood. God bless our military and thanks Sgt. Workman for your service!
Posted by: Peg C. at May 16, 2006 11:58 AM
Just to get it out of the way, I consider myself a liberal, though my understanding of what the label connotes may not square with many of yours. I agree with Cro. It sounds like a Medal of Honor to me. Certainly, Cpl. Workman's actions are inspiring and all Americans owe him a great debt of gratitude. It does not follow that his heroism should make anyone feel better about our country's misguided military effort in Iraq. It is the unfortunate truth that there have been true heroes in all armies and in all wars.
Posted by: TDHCheri at May 16, 2006 12:25 PM
TDHCheri, Sgt Workmans heroism should make us all feel better about our actions in Iraq. With people like him over there maybe we can get the job done before the mission is poisoned. Sgt Workman believes in his mission and wants to accomplish it fully before he comes home. Perhaps you can hold back on your condemnation of his mission, understanding that your view of the world is your view and not the view of the majority of the nation. I speak as one who did have his mission poisoned, and watched millions of people die because of it.
Posted by: Mike H. at May 16, 2006 12:48 PM
Mike H., I am not actually sure how the majority of the nation views what's going on now in Iraq. Are you?
Posted by: TDHCheri at May 16, 2006 1:03 PM
What does it take to win the Blue Max ? See
for one example.
I don't know the exact particulars of Cpl. Workman's extraordinary heroism. It seems incredibly brave to me, and he certainly deserves our recognition and our gratitude.
But from what I know of SFC Smith, he (like Shugart and Gordon before him) went directly into harm's way in a manner that left no question what the outcome was going to be. I think they all knew they'd pay the ferryman's fee, but they considered the price worth it.
I'm not sure if that's a dividing line between a Cross and the Blue Max. Certainly, many a recipient of a Cross died (Jason Cunningham and John Chapman come to mind). Maybe the decorations board looks at it and says "Well, there was a teenie-weenie chance that s/he could have survived. Hack it at a Cross."
In any event, all of them inspire awe in me.
Posted by: 1charlie2 at May 16, 2006 1:26 PM
Well, I hesitated to include the citation in a post that also mentioned a partisan political viewpoint, so I hope all will forgive that indiscretion.
I mainly intended this as an inspiration to everyone, not just conservatives, and not just war supporters. I mean -- it's a hell of a story.
As far as the MOH vs. the Navy Cross goes, I don't think there is any written rule anywhere. Usually it is a matter of degree and interpretation by the chain of command.
Posted by: Chester at May 16, 2006 2:14 PM
Chester--It is a hell of a story. While I knew that some people would be offended by my position, I intended to make a point without being insulting.
Posted by: TDHCheri at May 16, 2006 2:29 PM
TDHCheri, I think we understand each other.
Posted by: Chester at May 16, 2006 3:28 PM
Just a note on the whole MoH thing. I'm just passing this on from my husband who has been involved in a very direct way with some of the deliberations over what level of medal should be awarded to whom, and came up with a way in his mind to describe what the criterion is for someone to win the MoH. He describes it this way: To win a MoH, the individual must have taken an action putting himself in danger that, should he NOT have taken that action at all, in that same situation, no one would have faulted him in any way. That is a short desciption, but gives the idea of how far above and beyond the call of duty the awards boards are looking for an MoH. Unfortunately, as a consequence of taking on such an incredibly selfless sort of action in combat, most of those individuals are severely wounded or killed, which is why so many MoH's must be awarded post-humously.
By the way, the process of making these kinds of decisions (what award to give) at this level is taken very seriously and heavily debated and discussed. People will always have their own opinions, but we shouldn't act like those assigned to make these decisions don't understand the heavy responsibility they have to properly honor courageous service members.
Posted by: DebbieK at May 16, 2006 4:02 PM
Another aspect of the MoH is that the incident is one in which the awardee usually loses his/her life, but those that live through it do so only by luck.
Posted by: Rex at May 16, 2006 4:09 PM
Iraq Has Lower Violent Death Rate per 100,000 People than Washington, DC and Other Countries
Columbia ............ 61.7
New Orleans .......... 53.1
South Africa ......... 49.6
Washington, DC ....... 45.9
Baltimore ............ 37.7
Atlanta .............. 34.9
Jamiaca .............. 32.4
Venezuala ............ 31.6
Iraq ................. 25.71
Posted by: RG at May 16, 2006 11:06 PM