Posted February 16, 2016 6:09 pm by Comments

By Bob Owens


Lance corporals Chris Marquez (left) and Dane Shaffer carry a severely wounded but defiant First Sergeant Brad Kasal from a house-to-house fight in Fallujah, Iraq.

On November 14, 2004, embedded photographer Lucian Read captured one of the most iconic photos of the Iraq War during the Battle of Fallujah. First Sergeant Brad Kasal of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, had taken seven 7.62×39 bullets and more than 40 pieces of shrapnel from grenades leading a rescue of Marines pinned down in a firefight that later became known as “Hell House.” Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism.

The photo of Marine lance corporals Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer carrying the wounded but indomitable Kasal from the fight was a graphic reminder that Marines take care of one another and don’t give up.

The photo became the basis for “No Man Left Behind,” bronze sculpture by Wyoming artist John Phelps, placed at the Warrior West site at Camp Pendleton. A similar statue is now at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The “No Man Left Behind” statue at Camp Pendleton.

Everything about the photo and the statues it inspired show the best traits of Americans… and so it was incredibly disgusting …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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