Sunday, July 20, 2008

In honor and through tears

(Bumped this post to highlight the additional links below)

Via John B. Dwyer at American Thinker, we point to this account of the recent attack on an Aghanistan outpost.

The entire account is heart breaking. But even moreso, the account is a tale of heroism.

We note it here to honor a local hero.

RIP Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, N.C

Read the whole thing...but of Cpl. Rainey we bring this from the account:

Cpl. Pruitt Rainey radioed the FOB with a casualty report, calling for help. Of the nine soldiers at the observation post, Ayers and Phillips were dead, Zwilling was unaccounted for, and three were wounded. Additionally, several of the soldiers’ machine guns couldn’t fire because of damage. And they needed more ammo.

Rainey, Bogar and another soldier jumped out of their fighting position with the third soldier of the group launching a shoulder-fired missile.

All this happened within the first 20 minutes of the fight.

Platoon leader 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom and Cpl. Jason Hovater arrived at the observation post to reinforce the soldiers. By that time, the insurgents had breached the perimeter of the observation post. Gunfire rang out, and Rainey shouted, "He’s right behind the sandbag."

Brostrom could be heard shouting about the insurgent as well.

More gunfire and grenade explosions ensued. Back in the fighting position, Gobble fired a few quick rounds. Gobble then looked to where the soldiers were fighting and told Stafford the soldiers were dead. Of the nine soldiers who died in the battle, at least seven fell in fighting at the observation post.

The insurgents then started chucking rocks at Gobble and Stafford’s fighting position, hoping that the soldiers might think the rocks were grenades, causing them to jump from the safety of their fighting hole. One rock hit a tree behind Stafford and landed directly between his legs. He braced himself for an explosion. He then realized it was a rock.

Stafford didn’t have a weapon, and Gobble was low on ammo. Gobble told Stafford they had to get back to the FOB. They didn’t realize that Pitts was still alive in another fighting position at the observation post. Gobble and Stafford crawled out of their fighting hole. Gobble looked again to where the soldiers had been fighting and reconfirmed to Stafford that Brostrom, Rainey, Bogar and others were dead.

God bless Cpl. Pruitt Rainey, and may God grant peace and comfort and strength to his family.

MORE: Some local coverage here. And more here. Read it all.

ANOTHER LOCAL ACCOUNT: This one worth visiting for sure.

Again, the family and friends of Cpl. Rainey are in our prayers. The Spirit intercedes with groans that words cannot express.

FINAL ROLL CALL: "'We feel angry, even bitterly so, because our young men lived better lives, had higher hopes and more perfect love, than their attackers,' Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Stevan Horning said during the invocation. 'Please help us to not become weary of doing what is good; renew our courage so we complete the mission you assign each of us.'"

HOME: (July 22) Corporal Pruitt Rainey's Body Comes Home to Alamance County


  1. Gunnar was a local here.

    Amazing work they do. Each death is a tragedy but the way they chose to live is an inspiration to us all.

    My cousin just returned from his third trip to Afganistan. The caliber of sailor, soldier and Marine we have is shown by their willingness to go back and back again regardless of the danger.

  2. Indeed, Walter, indeed.

    This one, if for no other reason than it was close to home, hit me hard.

    So glad to hear your cousin has returned home safely.

    Whatever indebtedness I feel pales in comparison to what I owe.

    God Bless those men and women who sacrifice for someone such as me.