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“No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor” Part 1: Into the Fray Once Again

March 1, 2019 
by Gunnery Sergeant (retired) L. Christian Bussler

Editor’s Note:
These excerpts are from the multi-award winning book “No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor” and were provided by the book’s author, Gunnery Sergeant (retired) L. Christian Bussler, who retains the copyrights. This an exclusive look into the world of a how the Marine Corps took care of our fallen warriors during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The book can be found on Amazon, Kindle, and Audible.

Excerpt from Chapter 7:  “The Helo”

Feb 27, 2003

 In a place that was hard to get any news, the word of the helo crash had spread like wildfire, and Major Q had worked hard at trying to get us onboard to help with the recovery efforts. He had spent a good deal of time the day before rubbing elbows with the decision makers. But since this was considered a peace-time accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had the lead on the investigation, not the military, and they dictated who was allowed on the scene and who wasn’t.

For us, this would have been a huge opportunity to learn directly from those who performed these difficult recoveries from terrible scenes often. The firsthand knowledge to be gained would be invaluable considering the strong prospects of a war looming just weeks away. It took a bit, but Major Q had pulled it off, and we were able to assist the NTSB with their recovery efforts.
“A society does not ever die ‘from natural causes’, but always dies from suicide or murder – and nearly always from the former….”
    ― Arnold Joseph Toynbee’s A Study of History.

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