This Warrior Wasn’t Left Behind

| November 16, 2012

An Internet buddy, who’s retired in Guam, a former USAF E-8, senior master sergeant, refueling boom operator, who naturally goes by the handle, Boomer, sent me a link to a video with the comment that this would be an excellent video from which our recently re-elected commander-in-chief could learn a lesson in leadership. Retired Brigadier General Steve Richie, who is delivering the talk on the rescue of a downed Air Force weapons officer in Vietnam, is an excellent, almost charismatic, speaker. After checking BG Richie out on Wikipedia, I learned that he is in fact, a bit of a charismatic warrior, who once was a youthful, wise guy, hotshot jet jockey with cojónes of steel, the kind of brash, self-confident young warrior who can scare hell out of his comrades and his commanders, but who gets results. In that regard, he is one of only three Air Force aces from the Vietnam War and recipient of the Air Force Cross, an award for valor second only to the Medal of Honor.

Take time to watch this short very entertaining video, The Rescue of Roger Locher, and see if you don’t come away feeling a bit better about our country, our military and even generals, a couple of whom having cast a pall upon their brethren recently. Watch it and I believe you will also agree with my buddy Boomer that our president and some of the perfumed princes in the Pentagon could pick up some pointers from General Richie and his colleagues. As someone who is in contact with other members of our military community on a frequent and ongoing basis, I can tell you, our younger warriors, both troops and leaders, don’t need those pointers.

This is code by which they have always and still do live.

Crossposted at American Thinker.

Category: Military issues

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  1. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    I just watched the referenced clip above. Very good and an outstanding story to learn by. Sadly though, few in the WH would understand it … and other select senior leaders would not care to learn from it!

  2. Mustang says:

    This man is a legend. In addition to the Air Force Cross, he also received 4 Silver Stars, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 25 Air Medals.

    Sadly, I believe his comments regarding the extent to which we will go to save one life no longer ring true for many in the upper echelons of our government.

  3. Doc Bailey says:

    There are always men who inspire others to do great deeds. Then there are men who do great deeds.

  4. Stu says:

    Perfumed Princes, I know where that comes from, wish he was around to hear his comments on todays happenings.

  5. Common Sense says:

    What a fabulous story by a great man and what a sad and disappointing contrast our current “leadership” offers.

  6. 2-17 Air Cav says:


  7. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    IF EVERY AMERICAN HAD SEEN THAT VIDEO PRIOR TO ELECTION DAY, WE DAMN WELL WOULD BE ASKING OBAMA IF HE COULD PLEASE LEAVE 1600 A LITTLE EARLIER THAN JANUARY! And, yes, I know I was shouting. By God, that video and its final 3 minutes should be seen in every home and school across this land. Instead, we have “Hail obama” being sung. Thank you again Poetrooper. You nailed it again.

  8. UpNorth says:

    ^^Like^^. Great video, thanks for posting it, Poetrooper.

  9. I have enjoyed this speech since I first heard it. ….in a more perfect world……

  10. Spockgirl says:

    “Isn’t it a very powerful statement about what kind of people we are… about the value that we place on life… on freedom… and on the individual.” Indeed it was…