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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2017 9:22 p.m. PST

….started taking out North Korean fighters with his entrenching tool

"It has often been said that you can't keep a good man down. In the case of Benjamin F. Wilson, the medical personnel trying to cart him off the battlefield didn't stand a chance.

Despite the fact that before his wounds, he had already committed enough gallant actions to include a bayonet charge up a hill against a numerically superior enemy that would warrant recognition of some sort, he had a little more in him.


So by the time this wounded man leaped off his stretcher and started taking out North Korean fighters with his entrenching tool, he had done enough. We get it, don't mess with Ben Wilson…."
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Aapsych2012 Nov 2017 8:42 a.m. PST

According to the article, he comes off as a sociopath who'd impulsively (and probably thinking he's invincible) leapt into enemy fire repeatedly because he'd finally gotten his chance to legitimately do the killing he'd been waiting to do for over a decade, if not much longer. Gallantry isn't the word I'd use here.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 2:35 p.m. PST

Glup!…

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Murvihill13 Nov 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

…or maybe, those were his friends, comrades and responsibility on that hilltop and he was trying to protect them. What is the significance of your name?

Legion 414 Nov 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

I agree Murvihill with everything you posted. I'd think in a situation like that, you'd want someone to react like that. The enemy[whoever they are] are trying to kill not only you, but more importantly your comrades.

He, IMO did go above and beyond on his duty as a soldier in a combat situation. He was already WIA. That is what soldiers are supposed to do in combat AFAIK. Killing the enemy is why you are there.

Gallantry isn't the word I'd use here.

Aapsych20 I don't think you understand the dynamics of a situation like that. Maybe study up on more things like the history of men in battle, etc. ?

Gallantry is exactly the word I'd use and even more laudatory words. He was very much an asset to his unit and his comrades.

he'd finally gotten his chance to legitimately do the killing he'd been waiting to do for over a decade,
I don't know how you could come up with that comment. Again … The enemy was trying to kill him and his comrades. He did what he had to do to ensure not only he survived but so did his comrades.

I think there is an old saying from WWII(?), or even before that "Kill or be killed" … That appears to be the dynamics of a situation like that, IMO.
I honestly don't know or can even fathom what you are trying to get at ? He killed the enemy in close combat … he did his duty … period …

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