Captain Michael Trost gets his gun

| August 22, 2017 | 62 Comments

MCPO Ret. In TN sends a link to KBIR which tells the story of retired Army Captain Michael Trost who, for the past five years, has been involved in a struggle with the Army to get his issued Beretta handgun back from them. The gun saved his life, as guns tend to do, but, this time, not in the usual way;

Back in 2012 on a mission in Afghanistan, Trost had his Army-issue sidearm holstered in his waist resting against his back. Out of nowhere an Afghan soldier, trained by American troops, turned rouge and suddenly opened fire on Trost and others in his unit.

“Have five or seven bullets go through you, around you, near you, this probably would have been the eighth bullet right here,” said Trost pointing to the sidearm he credits with deflecting one bullet away from his spine.

The attack cost the combat veteran part of his hand, and later the amputation of his leg, but he is certain that sidearm helped save his life.

“It’s like your buddy to the left and to your right, this is like my buddy ‘cause he took a round for me,” said Trost with a smile holding his battered gun with an entry and exit wound of twisted metal.

So, the Army welded the slide to make it inoperable and charged him for their trouble (Trost’s friends picked up the tab), but the captain is together with his buddy again.

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  1. Graybeard says:

    More than one way a gun can save your life.

    Congratulations, Captain.

  2. Martinjmpr says:

    Out of nowhere an Afghan soldier, trained by American troops, turned rouge and suddenly opened fire on Trost and others in his unit.

    So did the Afghan soldier turn red or did he put on makeup? 😀

    Proof that spell check won’t always save you. 😉

    Still, good story. Glad the captain was able to get his sidearm back.

  3. MSG Eric says:

    I knew Trost, he wasn’t a Captain, he was a Master Sergeant. I was in Afghanistan when that attack happened (on the other side of the country). I don’t recall him having been an officer before, but I could be wrong.

    He is a fun grumpy guy to hang out with. It sucked hearing about him getting hit like he did.

    Here’s another story about him:

  4. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    No buddy like a battle buddy.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    Well, I guess that settles the .45 argument.

  6. The Other Whitey says:

    Good to know that a Beretta is actually good for something…

    Seriously, though, how was this even a question? The weapon is damaged beyond repair and destined for the trash can. Its only value to anyone, anywhere, is the sentimental value to the man who was wearing it when it stopped a bullet intended for him. Why make him jump through hoops for five years for it, especially when he’s already lost a finger and a leg?

    When my Great-Uncle Jim was discharged at the end of WWII, he checked a box on the form to purchase the M1 he carried from Falaise to Austria from the Army and took it home with him. When my (step)Grandpa came home from Korea in ’53, nobody even bothered to say a word to him about the scoped Lee-Enfield that he traded his M1 to a British sniper for.

    • Twist says:

      I remember a tanker having to give the SAPI plate that saved his life when a sniper shot him in the back to Rumsfeld. If I recall correctly, he wasn’t too happy about it.

      • kaf says:

        I was deployed in ’05-’06 and I recall reading a flyer where we picked up our plates saying you could keep them if they’d taken a round.

        It seems like they had to go back to CONUS for study first, but there was a procedure to get them back to you.

    • Graybeard says:

      Someone here may know: when did “they” decide a soldier returning from battle was not allowed to bring mementoes with him? I can guess at some of the “why” although the reasons I come up with are silly.

      Dad got to bring a lot of stuff home from WWII Germany. I know some guys got stuff from ‘Nam, so I ‘spect the Korea vets were allowed mementoes as well.

      Did this start with the SJWs in the Pentagon sometime around 9/11?

  7. Pinto Nag says:

    The Army welded the slide and charged for it.

    Right there I was told everything I need to know about the Army’s relation with it’s soldiers.

    This just fucking STINKS.

  8. FatCircles0311 says:

    Look at this asshole US Army in action destroys firearm just out of spite. No problem giving a bunch of Islamists fully functional weapons though and wads of cash. Absolutely no reason what so ever to destroy the firearm like they did. Somebody should inform the shithead that went out of their way to do that in America firearm ownership is still a civil right.

    This really angers me.

    • John D says:

      The Army didn’t destroy the M9.

      An Afghani did.

      And there is no civil right to take the Government’s property with you when you muster out.

      Amazing he was able to get it!

      • FuzeVT says:

        It is true that you don’t have the right to have US property upon discharge, but that is moot since they did, in fact, decide to give him that piece of US property.

        To Fatty’s point, Mr Trost has the right to have a firearm (I’m going to assume there are no Lautenberg Amendment kind of thing going on here.) It is also not a controlled firearm (i.e. one requiring a class III License.) So why destroy it?

        There may be a order or regulation that says the government cannot give firearms to servicemembers under any circumstances. I just don’t know.

        Charging him mor DEMILing the pistol was ABSOLUTELY a dick move. Come on, Army. You don’t have armorers who do that on a daily basis as a part of their job? Or did they have to contract it out because the art of DEMILing weapons is lost?

      • MSG Eric says:


        Afghani is money.

  9. FuzeVT says:

    For as opposed to “mor”

  10. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    The ammo cans that were opened and not used when we were cruising off of Santo Domingo during operation Power Pack in 1965 were dumped over board, ammo and all. I managed to grab a couple of empty cans and stored them behind the hydraulic oil tanks in the port aircraft elevator machinery room which was my cleaning space. After we got back to NOB, Norfolk, I tried going through the main gate operated by the Marine gate rats and the cans were confiscated-Govt. property I was told so how come all the munitions were dumped over board????

  11. CA_SGT says:

    I know Trost. Served with him for 4 years. Stand up guy.

  12. O-4E says:

    Just for everyone’s FYI (since the subject has been discussed several times above):

    The military (specifically the Army because it had 99+% of the cases) no longer allows enlisted in the active component to hold reserve commissions and hasn’t in over 20 years now.

    This was a holdover program from the RIF after Vietnam. It allowed the Army to fuck over a bunch of formerly enlisted guys turned Officer in Vietnam out of an Officer’s retirement while keeping a ready pool of combat experienced reserve officers in the wings in case the balloon went up with the Soviets

    For about 5 years (2004-2009ish) the Guard and Reserve were direct commissioning a lot of NCOs (mainly experienced E6s and E7s) to fill deploying unit shortages

    More than likely that is the case with this gentleman

    • O-4E says:

      My first Battalion CSM in 88 was a Vietnam Vet

      I was on CQ one day and the First Sergeant sends me to get distro/mail from Battalion

      There stands the CSM wearing Majors gold oak leaves and artillery crossed cannons

      He sees how puzzled I am and explains the situation to me

      He was an enlisted guy during Vietnam and was commissioned in country serving a second tour

      Made it to Captain. The RIF after Nam caught him and a bunch like him. Their choice? Get out of active duty and serve as part time Reserve Officers or stay on active duty as enlisted guys and retain a reserve commission.

      Upon retirement they would initially retire at the highest active duty enlisted rank held and upon reaching age 60 would start receiving the retirement for the highest reserve commissioned rank held.

      Anyways. The CSM was in his “officer outfit” on his way to CGSC

      First time I had seen an example of this out of the 3 times in my entire career.

    • MSG Eric says:

      Interesting information there, I didn’t realize that.

      Trost was an AGR and selected for MSG while in Afghanistan in 2011 (I was selected on the same board) and promoted while in country.

      He was pretty old when I went with him to ANCOC (E-7 school), but I think it was just that he was a Captain at one point and reverted to being an NCO again.

      AGRs ‘can’ get direct commissions, but it isn’t too common and its a pain in the butt to do (had a friend do it, long painful process for him).

      • O-4E says:

        I’m a retired AGR with 26 years of active duty

        13 in the regular Army (9 years as an NCO and 4 as an Officer) followed by 13 in the AGR

        3 years of that I was a State OSM (the HMFIC of Officer Recruiting and Retention)

  13. 11 Bravo says:

    He looks like a MSG to me. Just guessing. He just looks too intelligent to be an 01 butter bar, or Captain for that matter.
    I know of 1 guy in my infantry platoon who shot 2 dinks in Vietnam that just walked out of the bush, right in front of him. The CO allowed him to keep 2 AK’s and other shit he took off them.
    He then got a 6 day in country RR, in Dalat for the 2 confirmed kills.

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