Wednesday’s Hero – Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig

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Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig
Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig


U.S. Marines

It is hard to know whether Monday was a very bad day or a very good day for Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig.

On the one hand, he was shot in the head. On the other, the bullet bounced off him.

In one of those rare battlefield miracles, an insurgent sniper hit Lance Cpl. Koenig dead on in the front of his helmet, and he walked away from it with a smile on his face.

“I don’t think I could be any luckier than this,” Lance Cpl. Koenig said two hours after the shooting.

You can read the rest of Lance Cpl. Koenig’s story here.

FROM THE WSJ

“…“I’m hit,” he yelled to his buddy, Lance Cpl. Scott Gabrian, a 21-year-old from St. Louis. Lance Cpl. Gabrian belly-crawled along the rooftop to his friend’s side. He patted Lance Cpl. Koenig’s body, looking for wounds. Then he noticed that the plate that usually secures night-vision goggles to the front of Lance Cpl. Koenig’s helmet was missing. In its place was a thumb-deep dent in the hard Kevlar shell. Lance Cpl. Gabrian slid his hands under his friend’s helmet, looking for an entry wound. “You’re not bleeding,” he assured Lance Cpl. Koenig. “You’re going to be OK.” Lance Cpl. Koenig climbed down the metal ladder and walked to the company aid station to see the Navy corpsman. The only injury: A small, numb red welt on his forehead, just above his right eye. He had spent 15 minutes with Doc, as the Marines call the medics, when an insurgent’s rocket-propelled grenade exploded on the rooftop, next to Lance Cpl. Gabrian.  The shock wave left him with a concussion and hearing loss. He joined Lance Cpl. Koenig at the aid station, where the two friends embraced, their eyes welling….”

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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