More tragic news about a school shooting in Oregon State yesterday. The shooter was described as a loner, living with his mother, uncomfortable with people, and seen wearying the same army clothes day in and day out. He shall remain nameless on my site. He was 26 years old.
A commentator said that all, the too recent shooters, had one thing in common besides the guns, not personality or family situation, not mental illness, but all were in their late teens to early to mid 20s.
The shooter in Oregon is being investigated and his computer use is under scrutiny as I type, so enough about him. My thoughts and prayers are for the survivors and families of the victims.
This situation made me think about two young men in the same age group with very different stories. One is my brother George Tullidge whom some may remember. If not , I am including my post on the brother who jumped into France the night before D-Day. He died 3 days later on a ship returning to England.
Recently, as I have been making contacts to ensure that my brother’s memory is preserved in the Airborne Museum in Normandy and the American Cemetery in Cambridge where he is buried, I have met Tracy. Here is her son’s story from the BBC:
Military Cross honour for Cambridgeshire soldier
30 September 2011
- From the sectionCambridgeshire
A Cambridgeshire soldier described as “the bravest of the brave” is to receive the Military Cross.
Cpl Martin Windmill, of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was honoured for maintaining command and taking enemy positions despite being injured.
He was second in command of a unit operating in Nahr-e Saraj in Afghanistan in December, when his team came under fire from insurgents.
Cpl Windmill suffered shrapnel wounds, but continued fighting for four hours.
He said: “It felt like somebody had stabbed me with a nail in random places in my leg.”
However, he made the decision not to risk the safety of others by calling in a rescue helicopter.
“In those situations it’s hard to call in a helicopter,” Cpl Windmill said.
“There were still Taliban in the area so rather than risk a helicopter for me, who could limp, it just made more sense to keep going until we reached a safer area.”
He added: “Those sorts of things are done every day out there.
“I don’t like the term ‘bravest of the brave’ to be used, really. Obviously lots of other guys have got some really serious injuries and others have been killed.
“They’re the brave ones.”
Cpl Windmill’s citation reads: “To assault the enemy under fire, post a grenade directly into an enemy position and simultaneously maintain clear command of his subordinates again demonstrated Windmill’s courage.”
It adds: “Throughout the Battlegroup, Windmill is now simply regarded as the bravest of the brave.”
Cpl Windmill, who comes from Cambridgeshire, is one of 16 soldiers to receive the Military Cross in recognition of service during operations carried out between October 2010 and March 2011.
Three young men all around the same age, all had guns or weapons which they used. For me, Martin and George were serving their countries and fighting against fascism and terror. The shooter in Oregon caused terror.
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Addition: I just heard of a hero yesterday in Oregon, ironically a veteran who is home now and was attending the college. He protected others by blocking a door and in the action , he was shot 5 times. Thankfully, this young man is recovering and will go home to his 6 year old son as a hero!