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Apaches to the rescue
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Folks, Apaches are attack helicopters, not Medevac birds. Well, except when they have to be:
Apache pilots from Company B, 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment (Attack), 36th Combat Aviation Brigade and Company A, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, engaged extremists and saved a critically-wounded Soldier’s life during a firefight in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on June 30, 2007.
How'd they save him? Well he was critically wounded and the Medevac helicopter hadn't made it yet. So they landed the Apache, put the wounded soldier in the front seat (an Apache is a two-seater with the pilot sitting behind the co-pilot/gunner). The co-pilot then strapped himself to the wing/pylon on the Apache and they flew the wounded soldier to a hospital.

Look at the video here. That white looking blob on the side of the aircraft is the co-pilot all hunkered down:

And you wonder why grunts love these guys.

How'd it all turn out. Pretty darn well, thank you very much:

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Allen Crist and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Purtee, Company B, 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment (Attack), 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, checks on the medical condition of Spc. Jeffrey Jamaleldine, Company C, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, after an unusual Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on June 30, 2007. (U.S. Army photos by Maj. Gregory T. O’Connor)

Apparently CWO2 Crist (on the left) is the one who strapped himself on the wing.

That is one of the most vivid and stirring examples of the brotherhood of arms you'll ever see. And right in time for the 4th of July. Read the whole thing at Blackfive.

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Another shameless attempt by the Bush administration to bolster its approval ratings.
Written By: Grimshaw
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CWO2 Crist has some brass ones.
Written By: Jamie
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Pilots are a different breed, and chopper pilots are distinct class. Bless ’em.
Written By: Uncle Pinky
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Anyone who goes anywhere near a helicopter is already about half-crazy.

God bless that guy.
Written By: Billy Beck
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SPC Jamaleldine is my Brother. he is save and doing fine in Schweinfurt, Germany reunite with his wife and 2 sons. He survived a headshot and received his purple heart on july 3rd. He also has a broken Jaw and lost three teeth....and is happy to be alive!!!!

Thanks to everyone who rescued him!!!!
Written By: James Jamaleldine
he is save and doing fine in Schweinfurt, Germany reunite with his wife and 2 sons.
That is fabulous news. Give him and his family our best as well as our thanks. We’re going to tell the story of the rescue Sunday night at 9PM EST on WRKOam out of Boston. You’ll be able to listen on line. If you would, email me and tell me how to say your name properly. Thanks.
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