BY ORVELIN VALLE — WEARETHEMIGHTY.COM
Here’s a short list of thing military buddies would do for each other that civilian friends probably won’t:
1. Check out a rash
Blades of Glory, Dreamworks
2. Skip the pleasantries and get right to calling ‘bulls-t’
Terminal Boots, YouTube
3. Tee up a minor issue just to get a rise
Goodfellas, Warner Bros.
4. Have a buddy’s back, no questions asked
Casino, Universal Pictures
5. Give a hand loading stuff that explodes
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley
6. Cuddle under a woobie to stay warm
Photo by Paul Avallone
7. Not complain about a buddy’s weight
Forrest Gump, Paramount Pictures
8. Go above and beyond, like this guy who volunteered to be a POW for his buddies
Cpl. Tibor Rubin, Holocaust survivor and Prisoner of war hero. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Rubin was credited with saving the lives of 40 prison mates by sneaking out of the camp every night and back in every morning, stealing food and medical supplies from his captors and local farms.
9. Jump on a grenade . . . a real one
Cpl Kyle Carpenter receiving the Medal of Honor. Photo: The White House
… and do it again if required
Photos: Wikipedia/Department of Defense
Jack H. Lucas jumped on a grenade twice to save his buddies and lived. He was also the youngest man to be awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor.
10. Ignore the most agonizing pain
Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe Photo: US Army
Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe pulled six other soldiers from a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle while drenched in fuel and covered in flames.
11. Follow each other through the gates of hell.
Master Sgt. Raul “Roy” P. Benavidez (left) and Sgt. First Class Leroy Norris Wright. Image: US Army
Benavidez was a close friend of Leroy Wright and felt that he owed his life to him from an earlier incident in which Wright saved him. His attempt to repay the deed by rescuing Wright led to the insane heroics that almost cost him his life, even Ronald Reagan said it was hard to believe.
Orvellin Valle –Social Media Editor at We Are The Mighty
Orvelin Valle is a U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk with VAW-115 Liberty Bells.
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