Why do Marines and Soldiers do what they do? Why did the Texas Sentinels Foundation select Marine SSGT Charles Lauersdorf for a TSF home following his combat injuries and being awarded a Purple Heart?

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From Charles Lauersdorf:

On this day, 15 years ago, the Magnificent Bastards of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment would set off at zero dark thirty on Operation Bug Hunt. The mission was to avenge the death of many of our guys just a few days prior, which was the bloodiest day of the war in Iraq. Avenge deaths we did. Though we would lose more warriors this day, the insurgents would take much heavier losses – in the hundreds. 18 year olds fresh out of high school running across open for under heavy enemy fire, just to make it to those ambushed and in need of support. Warriors that defied odds and ran to the sound of chaos, not from it. Brave souls that gave their life not just for their country, but more importantly, for the man beside them.

Today is a day I and many others should not have survived. Pinned down and nearly out of ammo, in a raw sewage canal, praying we could kill just one more. Thinking today was the day we’d meet our maker, but not before killing as many more insurgenta as possible. But God had other plans for us. We lived so that we could tell their story. So that we could live life for them, in honor of them. God needed them to stand guard duty on the streets of heaven and I have no doubt they’re doing a marvelous job.

So tonight as I snuggle my babies, I think of those brave souls and the sacrifice they made for me to be here. So to their moms and dads, wives and family, I say thank you. Thank you for raising warriors.

Semper Fidelis.