Friday, August 11, 2006
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marc A. Lee, United States Navy
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13
In the shadowy world of Military Special Operations, there is no more effective fighting force that the SEALs of the United States Navy. The application process is legendary. Few attempt to join the ranks of the SEALs. Fewer succeed.
It is in this light that I direct you to the story of Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marc A. Lee. He was killed in action on August 2, 2006 during military operations with Army forces in Ramadi.
His final act before departing this earth was raining down machine gun fire in a protective action for several of his teammates, one of whom was seriously wounded. For his actions he was awarded (posthumously) the Silver Star. This medal is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor in its significance. From the citation:
During the operation, one element member was wounded by enemy fire. The element completed the casualty evacuation, regrouped and returned onto the battlefield to continue the fight. Petty Officer Lee and his SEAL element maneuvered to assault an unidentified enemy position. He, his teammates, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tanks engaged enemy positions with suppressive fire from an adjacent building to the north.Lee is survived by his parents and young wife. He was proud of the service he rendered to his country and the one he was helping to free from the terrorist tyranny which still seeks to swallow it up.
To protect the lives of his teammates, he fearlessly exposed himself to direct enemy fire by engaging the enemy with his machine gun and was mortally wounded in the engagement. His brave actions in the line of fire saved the lives of many of his teammates.
Where do we find more of this type of man?
Godspeed, Marc. Fair winds and following seas.
Here endeth the lesson.