The Unbreakable Marine

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  1. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

    From the "Brass balls the size of effin melons" files :eek:

    Marine absorbs IED blast, walks away

    6/23/2010 By Sgt. Mark Fayloga, Regimental Combat Team 7

    SOUTHERN SHORSURAK, HELMAND PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Cpl. Matt Garst should be dead.

    Few people survive stepping on an improvised explosive device. Even fewer walk away the same day after directly absorbing the force of the blast, but Garst did just that.

    A squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Garst was leading his squad on a patrol in Southern Shorsurak, Afghanistan, June 23 to establish a vehicle checkpoint in support of Operation New Dawn.

    The men were four miles from Company L's newly established observation post when they approached an abandoned compound close to where they needed to set up their checkpoint. It would serve well as an operating base — a place for the squad to set up communications and rotate Marines in and out of. But first, it had to be secured.

    As they swept the area with a metal detector, the IED registered no warning on the device. The bomb was buried too deep and its metallic signature too weak. Two men walked over it without it detonating.

    At six feet, two inches tall and 260 pounds with all his gear on, Garst is easily the largest man in his squad by 30 or 40 pounds — just enough extra weight to trigger the IED buried deep in hard-packed soil.

    Lance Cpl. Edgar Jones, a combat engineer with the squad, found a pressure plate inside the compound and hollered to Garst, asking what he should do with it. Garst turned around to answer the Marine and stepped on the bomb.

    “I can just barely remember the boom,” Garst said. “I remember the start of a loud noise and then I blacked out.”

    Since Garst's improbable run-in with the IED, his tale has spread through the rest of the battalion, and as often happens in combat units, the story mutates, the tale becoming more and more extraordinary about what happened next: He held onto his rifle the whole time … He actually landed on his feet … He remained unmoved, absorbing the impact like he was muffling a fart in a crowded elevator …

    What really happened even eludes Garst. All went black after the earth uppercut him. When he came to, he was standing on his feet holding his weapon, turning to see the remnants of the blast and wondering why his squad had a look on their faces as if they’d seen a ghost.

    Marines in Company L think Garst is the luckiest guy in the battalion, and while that may seem a fair assessment, it was the enemy’s shoddy work that left Garst standing. The three-liters of homemade explosive only partially detonated.

    Marines who witnessed the event from inside the compound caught glimpses of Garst’s feet flailing through the air just above the other side of the building’s eight-foot walls. The explosion knocked him at least fifteen feet away where he landed on his limp head and shoulders before immediately standing back up.

    Not quite sure of what had just happened, Garst turned back toward the blast, now nothing but a column of dirt and smoke rising toward the sun.

    “My first thought was, ‘Oh s---, I just hit an IED,’” he said. “Then I thought, ‘Well I’m standing. That’s good.’”

    Garst’s squad stared at him in disbelief. The square-jawed Marine has a tendency to be short-tempered, and the realization that the blast was meant to kill him spiked his adrenaline and anger.

    “It pissed me off,” he said.

    He directed his men to establish a security perimeter while letting them know in his own way that he was OK.

    “What the f--- are you looking at?” he said. “Get on the cordon!”

    Garst quickly radioed back to base, calling an explosive ordnance disposal team and quick reaction force.

    “I called them and said, ‘hey, I just got blown up. Get ready,’” he said. “The guy thought I was joking at first. ‘You got blown up? You’re not calling me. Get out of here.’”

    Once EOD cleared the area, Garst led his squad the four miles back to their observation post — just hours after being ragdolled by an IED blast.

    “I wasn’t going to let anybody else take my squad back after they’d been there for me,” he said. “That’s my job.”

    The next day Garst awoke with a pounding headache and was as sore as he’d ever been in his life.

    “Just getting up from trying to sleep was painful,” he said.

    But he saw no reason being sore should slow him down. He popped some ibuprofen and after a day of rest, Garst was back out on patrol, showing his Marines and the enemy that just like his resolve — Cpl Matt Garst is unbreakable.

    Marine absorbs IED blast, walks away

    Rolled gold awesome.
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    brass balls my *** that dude has depleted uranium balls coated with 2" of Titanium.

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    “I’m an aggressive person,” Garst said. “It pissed me off. All I want to do is make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m just happy it wasn’t any of my guys. I’m not happy to get blown up by any means. I would have loved for it to have never happened. But, if it’s going to be anyone I’d rather it be me, and if it’s going to be a bomb, I’d rather it be that bomb, because it didn’t do sh*t.”

    Clang! Clang! Much respect.
  4. TheDaggle

    TheDaggle Member

    charater quota
  5. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

    That guy unfortunately will feel the effects years after hes out of that hell hole. Having said that I say I'm glad he made it through that and the IED problem is why we should just nuke that sh!thole. That would set off all the bombs making it safe for mankind in about 1000 years.

    IGETEVEN New Member

    My exact reaction x 2!! :eek:

  7. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    Quoted for the Em-Effing truth!! Daaaaammmmmnnnnnnnn!
  8. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    Truly freaking amazing!!!
  9. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

    Semper Fi! Glad he's alright. He should go on a patrol and find the slapdick that planted it. Apprehend him, then take him to the middle of the town gathering area. Dont shoot him, but ***** slap him for being a dumb *** so he gets ridiculed by the villagers....Then shoot him.
  10. GoBlue

    GoBlue New Member

    I wonder if this guy was a Christian, because the only explanation for this is divine intervention, not chance.
  11. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    I knew Marines were tough but now they're INDESTRUCTIBLE!!
  12. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

    I'd like to shake that mans hand!
  13. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

    I,m with Tango on this one these guys are hard bstds here is another instance.

    When a British soldier on patrol in Afghanistan set a rigged grenade off by mistake, his first thought was for the safety of his comrades. So, in order to protect them, Lance-Corporal David Croucher dived on the grenade and turned on his side, with only a backpack—containing a first-aid kit, 66-millimeter rocket and radio equipment—and his body armour to protect him. Seconds later, the booby-trap exploded.

    Thanks to the 24-year old Royal Marine’s pack and armour, he escaped with nothing more than a bloody nose. The rucksack, however, was not so lucky. Explains Croucher:

    “It was blown straight off my back. The blast shunted me a full metre. The lithium battery for my communication equipment took the brunt of the shrapnel—it landed 10 metres away with sparks and flames flying from it. I was completely disorientated. All I could hear was a loud ringing and the faint sound of people shouting ‘Are you ok? Are you ok?’ Then I felt one of the lads giving me a top to toe check. A minute later someone said ‘you were f****** lucky’. They were like ‘what are you doing, you nutter?’ But you could feel their relief.”

    “I knew a grenade like this has a killing circumference of about five metres,” continued the 24-year-old Royal Marine. “The lads behind me would have caught a lot too. I’m very tight with the other three guys. There have been a few times when they’ve saved my bacon. So I went down next to the grenade. I figured that if I could keep my torso and head intact I’d probably survive any other injuries — although I fully expected to lose a limb.”

    Apart from the burst blood vessels in his nose caused by the shockwave from the explosion, Lance-Corporal Croucher was unscathed. His selfless actions have caused him to be nominated for the Victoria Cross, the British army’s highest award for bravery. If the committee in charge agrees, he will be only the ninth man since World War II to receive it. [News Of The World]

    Between us we have the best of the best
  14. WDB

    WDB New Member

    I object to the ragdoll expression this was a Marine, it's an action figure damit! Takes a lot to take a good man down, even more to keep him down.

    Semper Fi!
  15. Leatherneck1775

    Leatherneck1775 New Member

    what more to say... Marines are a rare breed. Semper my brothers.
  16. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    I'm glad he's still with us. This world needs more US Marines. Semper FI!