Friday morning, I interviewed Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole, the Marine Corps’ newest Silver Star recipient. He received the award Tuesday at Camp Lejeune, N.C., for heroism in Marjah, Afghanistan, on Aug. 17, 2010.
Cole’s actions speak for themselves. As a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, he took an M240B machine gun from a fellow Marine who was wounded, abandoning cover to engage insurgents who were less than 100 meters away. He was eventually shot twice in the arm, leaving him gushing blood from his brachial artery.
Chilling, isn’t it? It’s posted online, and published along with the Corps’ account of the battle. It was taken minutes after Cole was shot.
I’ve posted the photo here on Battle Rattle because I think it’s important that images like these get the attention and discussion they deserve. It certainly highlights the ordeal that Cole and his fellow Marines endured.