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He was tagged “Killed in Action” and put on the pile of the deceased, but lived to receive the Medal of Honor 32 years later!
Corpsman HM3 Robert R. Ingram was a badass Navy Corpman attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines on a search and destroy mission against North Vietnam Army forces on March 28, 1966.
As they engaged the NVA the fight moved over a ridgeline toward an open paddy where the treeline suddenly exploded with machinegun fire from hundreds of NVA. Immediately many Marines were killed or wounded and the calls of “corpsman!” were everywhere. HM3 Ingram ran through the bullets to tend to a wounded Marine, and, as he reached him Ingram took a round through his hand. Being a badass, he ignored the pain and proceeded to not only help more patients but gather ammo from the dead and return it his Marines in need until he was again shot, this time through the knee. But the mangled hand and leg could not stop him as he moved on to other casualties.
As he neared another wounded Marine, an NVA soldier popped out of a tunnel and shot Ingram at short range through the head, the bullet entering his right eye, passing through his sinuses, and exiting the side of his skull at the jaw. But HM3 Ingram was not giving up and he shot and killed the NVA soldier.
He was now shot three times, blind in one eye, and could barely hear. He knew his head wound was life-threatening so he tried to move off the ridge, but as he saw more calls for “corpsman” on the faces of his brother, he crawled back to the battle instead. Ingram continued to seek out more casualties and continued to tend the wounded, gather magazines and resupply those capable of returning fire. While attempting to bandage a wounded brother Corpsman, he was shot through the groin, buttocks, and lower torso. But even in his condition, he would not give up.
Grievously wounded four times now, was finally returned to a friendly position, and even then he tried to refuse medical evacuation since he figured he was past help and others not so wounded should be saved ahead of him. When he was finally placed on a medevac helicopter, his vital signs were so weak that his bullet-riddled body was mistakenly tagged “killed in action”. It took 8 months of hospitalization for him to recover.
32 years after his badass actions, during a unit reunion, his fellow Marines realized the original petition for the Medal of Honor had been lost, and they re-submitted on Ingram’s behalf. He was finally recognized as the badass he was and received the Medal of Honor in 1998.
He stepped up when needed…
Even a pharmacist can be a badass! 1st Class PM Francis J. Pierce USN, serving with the USMC on Iwo Jima during WWII showed he had what it took to win the Medal of Honor and be a true Badass.
It was March 15th 1945 and his unit had been under constant Japanese fire. Always ready to volunteer for dangerous assignments, Pierce was a valuable member of the unit. After his small group of corpsmen were caught in heavy machinegun fire and several corpsman were wounded, Pierce took charge of the group as they tried to move stretchers of wounded Marines to safety. To get the men out of the heavy fire Pierce ran out into the open to draw the enemy guns toward him, enabling his men to move the stretchers to cover. He made it back unscathed and while attempting to help the bleeding men, Japanese soldiers jumped out a nearby cave and shot his patients again. Pierce charged the Japs to save his patients and eliminated the threats, running out of ammo doing so.
Realizing they had to get the wounded further to safety, Pierce lifted the wounded on to his back and covered 200 feet of open terrain under fire to better cover. Exhausted and warned that is was a suicide mission to go out again, Pierce ran through the open again to rescue the remaining wounded Marine, carrying him out as well. As the battle raged into the next day he went out again and was seriously wounded by sniper fire, but refusing aid for himself, he continued to assist others while providing cover fire as well. His complete fearlessness inspired his entire battalion and established Petty Officer Francis Pierce as one Badass Pharmacist!
Today is a unique Badass Report… since this badass was not human.
Staff Sgt Reckless was a Marine Corp Horse that served a anti-tank recoilless rifle platoon of the 1st Marine Division, during the Korean War. Trained by gunnery Sgt Latham, Reckless was a fast learner, able to avoid getting tangled in barbed-wire, lay in a ditch when under fire, and run for a bunker when she heard the call “incoming”.
Sgt Reckless proved herself above all one bitter day in March in 1953 at the battle of Vegas Hill, one of the bloodiest 5 days of the war. In order to move the number of recoilless rifle rounds needed to the front, the Marines relied on Sgt Reckless to know her own way and carry ammo to the front by herself with no guide. She carried over 9000 pound of ammo that day in over 50 trips covering 35 miles total, also carrying the wounded out on the return trips. She was wounded twice, treated and kept going until the mission was complete.
For her bravery under fire and relentless efforts to serve her unit, Staff Sgt Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, National Service Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze stars, and more. She also earned a monument both at Camp Pendleton, and in the National Marine Corp Museum, making her a true badass…
Another Badass Report! With some serious badassness…
On this day, Jan 8th in 1945, in Luxembourg, Sergeant Day Turner definitely earned the Medal of Honor and established himself as a Baddass. He commanded a 9-man squad and was tasked with holding a critical flank position. They were overwhelmed by German enemy who pounded them relentlessly with artillery, mortar, and rocket fire, forcing Sgt. Turner and his 9 men to withdraw to a nearby house to defend it.
The enemy repeatedly attacked them in the house, but was repulsed with heavy losses each time. The Germans wised up and brought in tank support and finally gained entrance to the house. Sgt Turner was now down to 3 men, his other 6 being dead or wounded, but still would not give up.
Continuing the fight he held room after room making the Germans pay for every step they took. He boldly flung a can of flaming oil at the attackers, dispersing them, then hitting them with fierce hand-to-hand encounters. He hurled hand grenades when he could, and bayoneted 2 Germans who rushed a doorway he was in. When out of ammo he used the enemy’s guns and ammo.
Amazingly he and his 3 men held the the house for 4 hours, and finally the enemy surrendered. Sgt. Turner and his 3 men took 25 prisoners, killed 11, and wounded many many more. His inspiring leadership, determination, and courage earned him the Medal of Honor.
The majority of modern semi-auto pistols are built around the size envelope of the 9mm Luger cartridge. These 9mm Luger sized pistols are commonly referred to as Small Frame pistols. Other cartridges which fit small framed pistols are the 40SW, 357SIG, and 45GAP.
There are also Large Frame pistols which are most commonly found in 45ACP, although there other large frame cartridges such as the 38 Super Auto and 10mm Auto. The 22TCM, as originally designed, is a large frame cartridge developed specifically to work in the M1911 and its double stack variants.
Note that Larger Frame and Small Frame designations are separate from those that describe the overall size of a pistol such as Full Sized, Compact, Sub Compact, Government, Commander, Officer’s, etc.
As you can see in the attached image the 7.62 Tokarev is longer than the Large Framed 38 Super Auto and 22TCM cartridges. And the 5.7FN is longer still than the 7.62 Tokarev. The 7.62 Tokarev is just able to be shoved into in a Large Framed pistol’s 38 Super Auto magazine and function; provided one is willing to live with a few limitations. The 5.7FN is an absolute no-go in any and all small frame or large frame pistols.
The 22TCM was originally designed as a large frame cartridge. Rock Island Armory wanted to increase sales potential, and thus by loading a lighter, very short ogive bullet into the same case the 22TCM 9R variant was born. The 9R variant exists to fit within the magazines of the common small framed pistols on the market such as GLOCK 17, Beretta 92, etc.
Basically he freaked out the enemy when he decided he was bullet proof in the middle of a fire fight….
Another Badass report: On Nov 16th 1944 in Germany, Army Staff Sgt Freeman Horner earned the Medal of Honor. Basically he freaked out the enemy when he decided he was bullet proof in the middle of a fire fight. His company was pinned down in a flat, open field, still 100 yards from the objective, with crisscrossing Nazi machinegun fire from three locations. As they lay in the dirt, enemy artillery zeroed in on them and began pounding away, causing serious casualties. Horner decided this was going south fast if he didn’t do something to eliminate the machineguns. He stood up and ran straight toward them, weaving across the field. For some reason the Nazis couldn’t hit him. As he got closer, a previously unknown machinegun position opened up on him from the side. He spun while running, charged it and killed the machingunners, then turned back to continue toward the original emplacements, dodging as he ran. The Nazis were getting freaked out by their inability to hit him, and as he got closer they turned tail and ran to hide in the basement. S/Sgt Horner burst in, tossed grenades into the cellar, and captured the Germans left alive. Altogether, his bulletproof charge across the open fields resulted in several dead Nazis, a handful of POWs, and 3 machineguns out of commission. Freeman Horner was a true badass.
He later achieved the rank of Major and served in Korea as well. See more at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12653211