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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. SALOMON (PART 3 OF 3) | The Musa Store

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. SALOMON (PART 3 OF 3)

Salomon fought his way to the overrun front lines where he shot and bayoneted his way through to a machine gun position. The thirty patients in the hospital were able to escape thanks to Captain Benjamin Salomon's desperate last stand. When the last orderly left the hospital tent, he looked back over his shoulder to witness Captain Salomon single-handedly manning the belt-fed .30-caliber M1917 machine gun, spraying fire in sweeping arcs into the swarming enemy forces that threatened to overwhelm his position. He punished them with hard-hitting .30-06 devastation, the rounds chewed through the scant cover the Japanese attackers tried to use. Captain Salomon courageously maintained his position long enough for his patients to get clear. For a short time Captain Benjamin Salomon, a dentist, held back the teeming horde of Japanese Diehards like he was a living avatar of the God of War.
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: LTC WILLIAM O'BRIEN (PART 2 OF 3) | The Musa Store

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: LTC WILLIAM O'BRIEN (PART 2 OF 3)

O’Brien battled up and down the line from position to position, killing the enemy with a 1911 in each hand. Read that again. Imagine that. Imagine seeing your battalion commander fearlessly engaging in close range gunfights dual wielding dual pistols like Chow Yun Fat and perforating Japanese Infantrymen with 230gr projectiles. 

His fearlessness and presence encouraged his men in their desperate last stand. During his courageous defense, O'Brien was shot in the stomach and severely wounded, but even then he refused to be evacuated. Eventually with his pistol ammunition completely spent, the colonel mounted an emplaced Jeep  and got on the pintle mounted M2 .50 cal BMG and continued fighting as the survivors of the 105th broke contact in order to prepare for a counter attack. When he was last seen alive, O’Brien was still holding his position dumping .50 cal death and destruction into the horde of Japanese warriors storming his position. When American forces pushed the Japanese back and eventually retook the position where they last saw their Battalion Commander they found an Empty .50 cal with brass and links strewn all around and O’Brien’s body, still holding a bloody Japanese officer’s sword, surrounded by the ruptured corpses of over 30 Japanese soldiers.
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: US ARMY SERGEANT THOMAS BAKER | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: US ARMY SERGEANT THOMAS BAKER

At 0445 on 07JUL1944 the entire 1st BN of the 105th was hit with a sledgehammer of almost 5,000 pissed off, psychotic Japanese Infantrymen from three different sides. They were enveloped and outnumbered. During this attack, which was the largest scale Banzai attack of WWII, Baker was shot in the stomach but refused to leave the line as he continued to pour fire onto the enemy who got as close as 5 yards from his position until his ammunition ran out. As the American lines started to bear the brunt of the hand to hand combat, Baker started to use his BAR like a massive war club and started bashing fools until the weapon actually broke apart from the sheer savagery. Completely black on ammo and his weapon broken to pieces, he couldn’t maintain his position any longer.
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: 21 SIKHS | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: 21 SIKHS

Completely out of ammo and surrounded by flames and smoke that quickly consumed his position with every second, Gurmukh Singh managed to signal the last update stating he was the last man alive at the post, he then signaled a request to leave his post and fight the enemy. His request was granted. The observers at Ft. Gulistan, looking through binoculars, last saw him fixing his bayonet to his rifle before charging through the flames to deny the enemy. Two days later, when British follow-on forces retook the outpost, they found Gurmukh Singh's burnt body surrounded by the corpses of over twenty Pashtun warriors punctured with bayonet wounds. He went 20:1 without any fucking ammo.

He was only twenty-three.

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: JEAN DANJOU AND HIS LEGIONNAIRES | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: JEAN DANJOU AND HIS LEGIONNAIRES

By the end of the day, only 2LT Maudet and 5 of his men remained standing. After telling the Mexicans to f*ck off with their third offer to surrender, the six remaining members of the 3rd Company shook hands, and as one committed themselves to one final bayonet charge out of the hacienda and across open ground towards the Mexican military. Two Legionnaires were killed in the volley, 2LT Maudet fell gravely wounded and the last 3 men were surrounded. Before they could be killed, the Executive Officer of the Mexican army who was dumbfounded by the ferocity and bravery of these soldiers, called his men off and convinced his commander, Colonel Fransisco De Paula Milán, to talk to the French fighters. Milán approached the three half-dead men and demanded their immediate surrender. 

Corporal Phillipe Maine looked the commander in the eyes and countered with a demand for immediate freedom, safe passage home, with their wounded, their fallen officers, their weapons, and their Regimental Standard.  Milán looked back at them stunned at the sheer balls of this Legionnaire and said, "What can I do to such men?  No, these are not men, they are demons!"  He granted their request, and the Legion withdrew from the field with their weapons, equipment, and most importantly their honor intact. The survivors never broke their promise to Danjou. They never surrendered.

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: TIBOR "TED" RUBIN | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: TIBOR "TED" RUBIN

During this defense, Rubin was positioned atop a critical hill that provided overwatch on one of the MSRs into Pusan. After hours of sustained combat, nearly every other man in his squad was killed or wounded in what degenerated into brutal hand-to-hand combat with a massive human wave of NK troops. Watson ordered Ted Rubin to hold that position alone, while he and some other men fell back to safer positions. Ted probably cracked his knuckles and said “F*ck it.” He went full berserker mode, hurling grenade and after grenade before grabbing a .30-caliber M1919 Machine Gun and single-handedly defending the hill for over 24 hours. By himself
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: LTC MATT "THE GHOST" URBAN | The Musa Store

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: LTC MATT "THE GHOST" URBAN

During the battle of Saint-Lô, Urban directed the men of his company while limping around with a cane. He pulled a wounded driver out of a Sherman tank before it exploded. He located another American tank which was still operable, but its turret gunner had been wounded. Urban crawled alongside the tank and was able to get into it and man the tank turret under fire. He ordered the tank driver to advance in high gear, and as the tank ripped towards the nazi fucks like a scene in Fury, Urban fired away on his Machine Gun at Anti Tank emplacements. This rallied the Battalion behind Urban into the valley in a unified assault while Urban destroyed more machine gun positions and the US overran the Germans lines with intense hand-to-hand & bayonet fighting. 
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe

For those who don't know...THREE. That's how many times Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe entered the burning carcass of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle after it struck a victim initiated improvised explosive device in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin on Oct. 17, 2005.  Cashe, a 35-year-old Gulf War vet on his second combat deployment to Iraq since the 2003 invasion, had been in the gun turret when the IED went off below the vehicle, immediately killing the squad's translator and rupturing the fuel cell. By the time the Bradley rolled to a stop, it was fully engulfed in flames. The crackle of incoming gunfire followed. It was a complex ambush.
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: ROOFTOP KOREANS | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: ROOFTOP KOREANS

These days the term "Rooftop Korean" has become incredibly ubiquitous, especially during times of social unrest. A question we get often is, "do you have to be Korean to be a Rooftop Korean?" To that, our answer is unequivocally a big "NO." The term "Rooftop Korean" is a mindset that you are your first responder; when the system breaks and no one is coming to help, are you willing to fight self-doubt and fear to take up arms and protect yourself and your livelihood? If so, you are a Rooftop Korean. We checked with the Korean delegation and we have received approval: WE ARE ALL ROOFTOP KOREANS!!
WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: Rafal Gan-Ganowicz | The Musa Store
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WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: Rafal Gan-Ganowicz

Most famously, a reporter once asked Ganowicz what it felt like to kill a human being. 

He replied: “I wouldn’t know, I’ve only ever killed Communists” 

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: Master Sergeant Jerry "Mad Dog" Shriver | The Musa Store

WARRIOR WEDNESDAY: Master Sergeant Jerry "Mad Dog" Shriver

In one engagement where his small team was encircled by waves of NVA soldiers Shriver contacted his leadership with what would become one of the most famous radio transmissions of the war: No, no...I've got 'em right where I want 'em - surrounded from the inside."