How am I alive ?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by MobileMarine, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    Post your near death experiences , we all have one or two and some have quite a few .

    I was about 14 and me and dad were moving these 40ft containers around full of new tires here at the shop . We were on the last one and the heaviest , It was full to the gills with new tractor trailer tires and wheels so yea it was heavy .
    We had them hooked up to our biggest tow truck , a holmes 750 on a ford L9000 , for some reason we had one end picked way up in the air , which is not task for the rig we were using . Dad told me to grab something that was under it and move it . Ok so I run under it , grab said object and as soon as I was stepping back the main chain broke and the container skinned my arm on the way down .
    Close call , very close call

    We were at a bad wreck involving a dump truck that had ended up wrapped around a oak tree head on. Well as some of you may know , the Firemen are suppose to cut the battery cables on arrival , the did not do it this time and it almost killed me . We had started pulling it back and I had walked in front of the truck after it cleared the tree , well something shorted out the starter on it and that damn thing cranked back up and was trying its best to eat me . I somehow managed to scramble thru the vines and growth on to the other sdie of the tree '' which it ran back into . It stalled out again and caught fire after that but I voiced my displeasure with the firemen on that one after they scrambled to cut the leads .
     
  2. Giveth

    Giveth New Member

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    I haven't really done anything spectacular enough to result in what I would consider 'near death' but I did have a car fall off a jack while I was under it. I never moved so fast in my life. I didn't even think twice I just saw it start moving and I was out from under it in under a second...in fact I don't recall giving it any thought. It's pretty amazing actually, its like my body just went autopilot and saved myself. My mind was focused on finding that coolant leak. The others were just very stupid and drug related, if I was close to death I wouldn't have realized it. I am interested to hear the stories of others
     
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  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I came reeeeally close to drowning a couple of times, same river, but generally, i've been pretty lucky.
     
  4. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    Beer involved ? Or was a bear after you , hence your love for bears ? lol
     
  5. TimKS

    TimKS Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    When I was a kid in grade school, we were running out to a playground on the other side a highway. I didn't look for traffic and when I got to the center line, for some unknown reason I stopped as a car whizzed by only inches away. (My guardian angel had to work overtime.) ;)
     
  6. gutz47

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    Car accident when I was 22. A 16 year old girl new to drving ran a stop sign and broadsided me at 65mph. Broke all rids on my left side, broke my pelvis in three places, tore up my liver and splean, punctured and partially deflated left lung. I didn't walk for four months. Spent two weeks in icu. Doctors were amazed how quickly I healed up. GMAC insurance took great care of everything. Even payed me all my lost wages from missing work. I actually made more money laying in bed than I would have working full time. And what did my 22 year old dumb a$$ do with all this money? I blew it all on dumb $hit. A few guitars, a playstation, way too much herb....but hell, if I'm stuck at home on my a$$, I need to keep entertained. I just regret not having the love for firearms then that I do now. I could've bought a few nice guns with all that loot. Ah well, lesson learned. Next time I nearly die, buy more guns!
     
  7. mrm14

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    1971 run a 1969 RPO Z-28 Camaro into a oak tree at 140+ mph.... Racing on country road. Oh almost forgot the speed boat accident in 1982.. flipped it several times just over 100+mph. Near broke neck on injector hat atop a GMC 10-71 supercharger when I was flipped out of boat.
     
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  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Nope, haven't canoed sober since; feel that is a jinx for me.
     
  9. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    Oak tree over hitting the injection scoop , eff that had to hurt !
     
  10. trip286

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    Got knocked out stopping an AK round with my helmet. Fallujah Iraq 2005.
    Got knocked on my *** stopping 3 of them with my SAPI in Afghanistan clearing a cave system.
     
  11. jjfuller1

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    mine werent quite that close...

    mortor landed about 20 ft from me but didnt go off. and during a firefight the marine that was 2 feet next to me took shrapnel in the neck. and i didnt get any.


    then add the jeep wreck after i got home that year. lol
     
  12. trip286

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    I can't help but laugh at dud mortars. I had a good friend that had one land about 10 feet away-dud. The next day he had another land almost right between his feet-another dud. 2 days later, he lost 2 toes when another one actually managed to hit his foot-another dud. When that last one crushed most of his foot, he just sat down and said "F*** it, I give up. Send me home, I'm sick of this S***."
     
  13. Gordo323

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    Helicopter crash when I was 25.
    Maintenance test flight, and I was the new mechanic just coming on duty.
    Engine quit and pilot totally messed up autorotation. Main rotor blades came down and chopped tailboom off, but could have been the other way around and be-headed us both, so maybe he did it right?:confused:
    10 seconds from the engine out warning till impact, but seemed like an eternity!
    And, yes, you see your whole life in those few seconds.
     
  14. mrm14

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    Shat... it knocked me out in the boat inicident. Wife at the time, who was on shore, swam out , turned me face up, got me back to shore and worked to revive me. Wasn't the scoop either. Hit the back of my head on the Enderlee buzzard catcher injector which was on top of the supercharger.



    Engine was a stroked big block Chevy to 510 cu. in., developed 1080 H.P. on dyno at 7200 rpm, and boat was a 18' Performance brand, model "Gull Hull" drag racing style boat.
     
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  15. MobileMarine

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    I cant afford injection yet , i cant stop buying guns to get the 56 back on the road , in the mean time ill stick with my shotgun bills scoop :D

    A good friend of mine , hs dad had a hot little boat with a blown 427 ,@120 he subbed it , when he woke up to folks pulling him out of the drink , all he saw was little yellow peices of the boat floating , one day ill find that wreck and get the motor , i know it worthless but it will still look cool
     
  16. CarlsbadRanger06

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    I was on an OP in the Paktia Province in Afhganistan in 2009 when a Russian rocket came out of nowhere and hit our tower.

    It impacted, where we also had a 10 gallon propane tank with a camping heater lit. Never thought they would know we were in there. It was the middle of the night when we got into it, the screens on the windows were black out screens so nobody could see in during the day, least of all at night.


    When the rocket hit, it exploded, and also ignited the propane bottle, along with an AT4, 2 boxes of .50 cal ammo, and everything else that was flammable.

    The soldier that was in the OP with me was somehow able to open the bottom hatch and dropped the 30 ft to the ground. He broke both legs and had some superficial schrapnel wounds, bruises, and some other minor wounds......

    I wasn't so lucky.......

    I wasn't able to get out of the OP Tower. I passed out, not sure if it was from the pain, smoke inhalation, shock, or a combination of all three.....

    Fellow soldiers that seen the OP Tower get hit said that the bottom burned out and I fell to the ground where the Medics got me and I was MEDEVACED by chopper to Kandahar and finally wound up in the burn center in Ft. Sam Houston......

    They told me it seemed like 5 or 6 minutes before they saw me hit the ground.



    ANYWAYS......

    I was burned on 61% of my body. The doctors put me in a medically induced coma for 2 months, 1 week, 3 days..... I had severe smoke inhalation along with a broken femur and humerus. I also fractured my spine and knocked out 7 teeth on a rock where my face hit the ground.......

    I was in WRAMC for a little over 5 months. I went to physical rehab and had a few skin grafts from cadavers (is that spelled right? lol)... Yeah, GROSS, I KNOW!


    When I was getting ready to leave WRAMC, I was given my choice of 3 duty stations/assignments. Sniper Instructor at Ft. Benning, Drill Sergeant wherever I was needed, or Recruiter.

    I didn't quite think that, being burned and all and having a couple scars on my face would attract new soldiers, or give basic trainees the proper impression or aspirations of the Army; since I was already Sniper/SOTIC qualified, I took the Instructor position.



    I wonder every day why I'm still alive.... I guess that God has a higher calling and mission for me. I thank him for that everyday, as well as the awesome Medics, Corpsman, and Doctors that healed me.......


    :D
     

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  17. Giveth

    Giveth New Member

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    Intriguing story
     
  18. PatrickHarrison

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    I remember bein younger in my innocent youth pobaly 4-5 my bro jump out the back of the truck while my dad was driving very slow he was showing off so it was my turn i jumped out n landed on my side my head hit the hard gravel/rock knocking me out i had a severe concussion my dad drove alittle ways till he notice no kids my bro looked at me like wtf n tryed to fall asleep witch ment death my dad was freaking out he hauled butt in the truck 20 miles to elgin to miccy dees from are country home in the knobbs to get ice n applied it to my head the whole way there he was shaking me keepin me awake i turned out fine but that was almost my end.

    The other time a latter came out from under neith me while leaned against a tin wall it was my fort when i was 7 lol as it came out i grabbed for the top of the wall but missed and the tin cheese graited my right wrist cutting to the artery blood squirted every where i almost fainted running to the house my bro the same one n only one patched me up till my g-ma got there n took me to wacos emergency room . I love the scar its ba and u shaped
     
  19. PatrickHarrison

    PatrickHarrison New Member

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    This my beast scar haha the U stands for my fist U want this!! Lmfao

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  20. CarlsbadRanger06

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    Well thanks. I guess? I know there are better out there. I was extremely blessed to have made it. Heck I was left with the blessing of being able to continue life as a Soldier. I know many men and women that either didn't live or, if they did, we're sadly left completely handicapped, etc.....

    :(