Theodore's World: Living by the Soldier's Creed

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June 08, 2009

Living by the Soldier's Creed

Spc. Cory Krogmeier, a N.C. native, and a member of B Troop 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, assists fellow Soldiers as they lift his buddy over a mound to get injured Soldiers to the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in the Abu Ghraib area, June 3.

Crew members of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade prepare UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to airlift injured Soldiers from the wheat field in the Abu Ghraib area, June 3. The crew members want to ensure the Soldiers carrying the litters do not get near the tail rotor.

Living by the Soldier's Creed

by Staff Sgt. Peter Ford


I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.

All Army Soldiers are required to know the Soldier's Creed, but the Soldiers of 591st Military Police Company "Spartans," 93rd MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade not only know it, they live by it. They always place the mission first.

The Spartans, a police transition team that advises Iraqi police, received a distress call over the radio as they prepared to go home after a long day at al-Awad Police Station, June 3. A Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle had rolled over into a ravine less than three miles away. Without hesitation, the Spartans went to the aid of their fellow Soldiers.

"We knew we had to do something when we heard ... Soldiers were possibly hurt inside a MRAP that had rolled into a ravine," said Sgt. George Talkington, a Las Cruces, N.M., native, a military policeman assigned to the 591st MP Co. "We tried to get there as soon as we could."

Once they were close enough to receive a radio transmission from the unit that sent the distress call, the Spartans were informed they could only reach the vehicle by foot. Faced with only two options—swim across a canal or run a quarter miles to the vehicle— they ran.

"Our dismount team got off the vehicle and started to run toward the site in full gear," said Talkington. "We didn't try to swim because the water could have been contaminated and we could have become casualties."

The Spartans arrived at the rollover site tired and sweaty after running in full body armor and gear. They met with a platoon sergeant from B Troop, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and found Soldiers of B Troop already in action.

"After the vehicle rolled over we set up security around the vehicle, then I took some troops to assist the injured Soldiers out of the vehicle," said Vaden. "Our medic evaluated the casualties and had us put the injured on stretchers as a precautionary measure. After the area was secured and the patients had been evaluated we called for support."

The Cavalry troopers were disciplined, physically and mentally tough; trained and proficient in warrior task and drills. They had already set up security and pulled the injured from the MRAP, evaluated the casualties and sent up a report requesting a medical evacuation.

"Our training kicked in and we made decisions without hesitation; it was like second nature," said Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Vaden of B Troop, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav. Regt. "No one panicked because we knew help would arrive."

When the Spartans arrived, Vaden asked them to have their vehicles pull security on the outer perimeter of the field to provide 360 degrees of security around the landing zone for the UH-60 helicopters to land, according to Talkington. The rest of the Spartans jumped into the ravine to pull security near the MRAP.

Even after a long day, tired and hungry Soldiers of B Troop and the 591st MP Company placed their mission first and used teamwork to help their fellow Soldiers who were injured during a vehicle rollover. The injured Soldiers were successfully evacuated because B Troop and the 591st MP Company adhered to the principles of the Soldier's Creed—I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat.

Wild Thing's comment........

I love our military, our troops are the best in the world. They are the greatest Americans, our Veterans and our troops today.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 8, 2009 07:47 AM


I can't forget nor forgive, but that's just me. "I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade." , goddam right, McCain and Kerry.
These kids are living up to that creed, unlike those feckless sons of bitches in Congress and the White House.
It was our government leaders who abandoned our fallen comrades, via duplicity and turpitude exacted by the likes of Nixon, Kissinger and the backstabbing by Senators John Sherman Cooper and Frank Church.

Now it is the Obama bots!!!

F'king liars!!! Yep they all supported us, right up to the point we become politically expendable.
I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. That should apply to those who send our youth to battle. The defeatists are all in Congress!!!

My apologies for the rant, I look up at that POW flag every single day and seeth at the slime in power while these kids risk it all for them. Kids fighting for a nation that doesn't deserve their faithfulness.

Thank you WT and Team Theodore for keeping them in our hearts.

Posted by: Jack at June 8, 2009 01:59 PM

I just put my name on a list for possible deployment positions, even if I'm chosen there's no garuntee I'll be deployed, but my MOS was on the list so I thought I'd volunteer. The only thing is it's a sergeant's position, so they can't fill me in unless no sergeant is found, at last that's how I understand it.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at June 8, 2009 02:09 PM

Bravo, JohnE PFC U.S. Army, don't let that rank restriction bother you, my own MOS was table of organization and equipment (TOE) limited, I'd peaked at Spec5. The day I fell in for roll call as advanced party to RVN, the CO, not Top, handed me my stripes, with the admonition to "have 'em sewed on for tomorrow, written orders will follow". He was an iron assed Captain awarded his commission in Korea where he was a SGT.
Yessir if they need a SGT in the big game of tag you'll be it. I never had a tougher, more demanding or more rewarding job as a working NCO. I'd be a liar if I said it was all fun, it demands extra hard work. I suspect you'll make a fine NCO, the troops need tough love from a caring mother hen. Thanks for volunteering John, Ooohrah!!!!

Posted by: Jack at June 8, 2009 02:47 PM

My only comment is that I agree 100% with the posts and comments.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at June 8, 2009 06:28 PM

Jack, awesome comment thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 8, 2009 08:11 PM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army, thank you so much for
sharing about how you are doing and
what the latest news. I am soooo proud of
your JohnE and whether here at home or
deployed I am so very honored and proud
to know you. I am glad you are part of
Team Theodore.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 8, 2009 08:14 PM