Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, March 31, 2003

Where an American soldier puts himself in danger to save a civilian one of Saddam's Fedayeen would have used her as a shield.

A Georgia soldier made a daring rescue of an elderly woman who was caught in gunfire Monday as U.S. Army forces battled their way into Hindiyah, Iraq, 50 miles away from Baghdad.

Iraqi troops were trying to stop a column of U.S. tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles as they raced for a strategic bridge over the Euphrates, which leads to Baghdad.

U.S. soldiers spotted an elderly woman in a black chador lying wounded in the middle of the bridge. Using his Bradley fighting vehicle for cover, company commander Capt. Chris Carter of Watkinsville, Ga., ran to center of the bridge, saw that she needed urgent help and called for an armored ambulance to take her to an aid station.

He used his M-16 rifle to provide cover while the medics put her on a stretcher. Carter then returned to the U.S. side of the bridge.

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