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You Want a Hero? I’ll Give You a Hero

Defining courage, defying death

by
Michael Ledeen

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April 12, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Actually my favorite spook has already done it.  It’s an Air Force officer in Afghanistan who four times exposed himself to Taliban fire in order to call in our fly guys, thereby saving Americans and Afghans who were trapped in a kill zone with no way out.

Captain Barry Crawford was awarded the Air Force’s highest honor, the Air Force Cross, because he

exposed himself to insurgent fire in an open field to guide in a medical evacuation helicopter and twice again exposed himself to launch attacks on militant positions with his assault rifle. This was all the while controlling 33 aircraft and well over 40 strafing and bombing airstrikes during a 14-hour ambush and battle in eastern Afghanistan.

Read the whole thing, and give thanks that we have such men.

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