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Elessar
06-10-2016, 08:31 PM
Died after trying to save two teens at a dam.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/10/marine-2-purple-hearts-drowns-after-rescuing-2-teens-dam

Gawd....what a brave man!

That helical current under a lowhead dam is only to be fought with if you have the skill.
Rest In Peace, Master Sgt. You honored your own Service with your caring for others.:salute:

Gunny
06-10-2016, 08:35 PM
Died after trying to save two teens at a dam.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/10/marine-2-purple-hearts-drowns-after-rescuing-2-teens-dam

Fuck. I know him. I used to live in Bandera. OMG. Just wow.

Elessar
06-10-2016, 08:42 PM
Fuck. I know him. I used to live in Bandera. OMG. Just wow.

My condolences, sincerely.

It just serves to demonstrate the courage and honor held by our Military
Members and First Responders who willingly risk their all for others.

Gunny
06-10-2016, 08:49 PM
My condolences, sincerely.

It just serves to demonstrate the courage and honor held by our Military
Members and First Responders who willingly risk their all for others.

I don't even know what to say here. I'm still a little in shock. Which dam was he on?

Elessar
06-10-2016, 09:03 PM
I don't even know what to say here. I'm still a little in shock. Which dam was he on?

Bandera City Park...not being from Texas....I am not sure where that is located.

http://www.cityofbandera.org/city_park.htm

Gunny
06-10-2016, 09:06 PM
Had to be at Medina Lake. Only dame of significance I know of in the area. The Frio has damns but they're spreaders and less than knee high. The big dam is at Medina and it's where the Mexicans love to go. And stupid teenagers like to do stupid shit there. I used to cliff dive as a teen there.

What a waste.

Elessar
06-10-2016, 09:11 PM
Had to be at Medina Lake. Only dame of significance I know of in the area. The Frio has damns but they're spreaders and less than knee high. The big dam is at Medina and it's where the Mexicans love to go. And stupid teenagers like to do stupid shit there. I used to cliff dive as a teen there.

What a waste.

Well...not to denigrate what Master Sgt. did, I had lots of cases on the Redwood Coast where
folks got into the extreme drop-offs along shore and perished. Helical currents are not limited
to rivers. They are like a washing machine, except horizontal. Only way to beat them is swim to the side
....not into the flow

Kathianne
06-10-2016, 10:49 PM
Died after trying to save two teens at a dam.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/10/marine-2-purple-hearts-drowns-after-rescuing-2-teens-dam

Gawd....what a brave man!

That helical current under a lowhead dam is only to be fought with if you have the skill.
Rest In Peace, Master Sgt. You honored your own Service with your caring for others.:salute:

I don't have much, especially with the cut in hours, but I gave a small donation to the gofundme acct. My heart goes out to his family, he kept us safe as a country, gave his life for two kids. RIP

Tyr-Ziu Saxnot
06-10-2016, 11:01 PM
Died after trying to save two teens at a dam.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/10/marine-2-purple-hearts-drowns-after-rescuing-2-teens-dam

Gawd....what a brave man!

That helical current under a lowhead dam is only to be fought with if you have the skill.
Rest In Peace, Master Sgt. You honored your own Service with your caring for others.:salute:

Rest in peace..
Clearly a courageous man that showed his honor was never to be abandoned...
A credit to himself, his family, this nation and his service....:salute:--Tyr

Gunny
06-10-2016, 11:10 PM
Bandera City Park...not being from Texas....I am not sure where that is located.

http://www.cityofbandera.org/city_park.htm

Ah. That's at Privilege Creek. I wasn't aware they had an actual park and dam. We'd tool down the road, park and get in the water. You know how us hillbillies are. :laugh: I never actually went to a park. I did sleep all night in the rest stop drunk as a skunk once. As hard as it's been raining I wouldn't think of getting in the creek. When that suck is full and the water is running?

Leave it to some dumbass jarhead. Jesus H Christ. Ooh-f*cking-rah, MSgt. That's how you man up.

When I get to Heaven to St Peter I will tell, another Marine reporting sir, I've done my time in Hell.":salute:

Elessar
06-10-2016, 11:16 PM
Leave it to some dumbass jarhead. Jesus H Christ. Ooh-f*cking-rah, MSgt. That's how you man up.

Well said...sorry you lost a brave comrade. They do not come much better than this.
Several years back a retired Gunny was escorting a youth group in Mendocino County Ca,
when 9 of them got caught in a Rip Current. He got them back to shore but died of cold
water drowning.

Cannot replace these kinds of people at all.

Gunny
06-10-2016, 11:33 PM
Well said...sorry you lost a brave comrade. They do not come much better than this.
Several years back a retired Gunny was escorting a youth group in Mendocino County Ca,
when 9 of them got caught in a Rip Current. He got them back to shore but died of cold
water drowning.

Cannot replace these kinds of people at all.

It just gets me this is second page news while Hitlery and O-blah-blah get the headlines. I remember this guy because bars are only so big in Bandera. It's still living in the 20s. I'd just retired and in walks this shit-talking, gung-ho jarhead. I was like this is gonna be good. I think he irritated the crap out of everyone in Arkey's that night. Then when he found out I was a retired Gunny I couldn't get rid of his ass. I basically felt like I was being interrogated. "Well, what did you do when this or that happened, Gunny?"

He's being buried at Ft Sam Houston. Oddly enough, we went to the same high school -- John Jay. Different eras though and I was only there a little while before we went to Greece. I never knew that. He was young n dumb and wanted war stories.

FYI, Bandera is 50 miles NW of San Antonio on Route 16. Sounds like he was actually from West San Antonio. That's where John Jay is.

Just weird. I thought he was a punk when I ran into him. Guess I thought wrong.

Elessar
06-10-2016, 11:43 PM
It just gets me this is second page news while Hitlery and O-blah-blah get the headlines.

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Just weird. I thought he was a punk when I ran into him. Guess I thought wrong.

Too hard to get rid of The Globe and Anchor sense of Honor and Sacrifice. Never know
who you may meet next of the same ilk.:beer:

Gunny
06-11-2016, 12:07 AM
Too hard to get rid of The Globe and Anchor sense of Honor and Sacrifice. Never know
who you may meet next of the same ilk.:beer:

Nope. He makes me proud to claim the title "United States Marine". If I was living SA still I would crash the funeral to pay my respects.

John 15:13: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

DLT
06-11-2016, 12:15 PM
Died after trying to save two teens at a dam.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/10/marine-2-purple-hearts-drowns-after-rescuing-2-teens-dam

Gawd....what a brave man!

That helical current under a lowhead dam is only to be fought with if you have the skill.
Rest In Peace, Master Sgt. You honored your own Service with your caring for others.:salute:

There are true heroes in this world. Sadly, we rarely get to hear about them and their sacrifices. Thanks for posting this.

Gunny
06-11-2016, 07:31 PM
Well said...sorry you lost a brave comrade. They do not come much better than this.
Several years back a retired Gunny was escorting a youth group in Mendocino County Ca,
when 9 of them got caught in a Rip Current. He got them back to shore but died of cold
water drowning.

Cannot replace these kinds of people at all.

I had to re-visit this one. All the rivers in South Central Texas are spring fed. The water IS cold. About 40-45 degrees. I remember as a kid it didn't phase me but I went there as an an adult and my nads ended up in my chest the second I jumped in. So I'm going to have to ask my mom. The only river I know of anywhere near is the Frio. The creek is usually dry unless it rains and that's not spring fed. She knows more about the official parks and crap than I do. I know where the bars all are. And the courthouse. :laugh:

Elessar
06-11-2016, 07:48 PM
I had to re-visit this one. All the rivers in South Central Texas are spring fed. The water IS cold. About 40-45 degrees. :laugh:

All the rivers along the Pacific NW are cold, especially West of the Cascades and Klamaths (Mountain Ranges). 45 degrees in the Trinity, for example,
is considered 'lower average'...good trout and salmon water though! I was on the Northwest Coast Water Safety Commission which was sorely underfunded,
but our objective was educating people about cold water hazards. We'd go to schools, Colleges, organizations, and even open forums to teach about
cold water hazards and - here's that term again - Situational Awareness! Problem was that most of the fatalities were from out-of-area visitors.

Gunny
06-11-2016, 07:59 PM
All the rivers along the Pacific NW are cold, especially West of the Cascades and Klamaths (Mountain Ranges). 45 degrees in the Trinity, for example,
is considered 'lower average'...good trout and salmon water though! I was on the Northwest Coast Water Safety Commission which was sorely underfunded,
but our objective was educating people about cold water hazards. We'd go to schools, Colleges, organizations, and even open forums to teach about
cold water hazards and - here's that term again - Situational Awareness! Problem was that most of the fatalities were from out-of-area visitors.

Money says these were dumbass rednecks or Mexicans from Bandera or San Antonio. We all swim in the creeks and rivers and lakes. Problem is, they're flooded right now. And this never fails. Some idiot will try and drive through a low water crossing even though you've been warned to death. Your mom van ain't making it through 4 ft of rushing water. And you damned sure can't swim in it. It's like how stupid can you be? That water has more force you're ever going to muster. You just can't fix stupid.

I think Big Sur is farthest NW I've been. The water was cold. I don't like cold. Crap, people bitch about the heat here and I'm thinking it just warmed up. :laugh: