Skip to comments.Dud mortar round falls near congressman's son
Posted on 05/18/2005 8:06:24 AM PDT by 11th_VA
(ST. LOUIS) - A Missouri congressman's son, a Marine based at Camp Lejeune, escapes a close call in Iraq.
Republican Congressman Todd Akin said his 24-year-old son, Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Perry Akin, recently was helping his men build a surveillance post in Iraq.
That's when insurgents targeted the work site, dropping in a mortar round that landed ten feet from the younger Akin. His father says the mortar turned out to be a dud.
Perry Akin heads a platoon in the Second Combat Engineers Battalion. His father is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
He's the third generation of Akinses to serve in uniform. His grandfather fought in World War II.
Thank you for your brave service, Second Lieutenant Perry Akin.
I had a 105 round land 10 feet away in March '69. It was not a dud. The two guys sitting up on ambush watch weren't so lucky. Subsequent investigation showed it to be our ARVN friends firing where they were told not to fire. Still have the split eardrum scar.
I have a substantial amount of admiration for both the congressmen whose children go into live fire zones and the (adult)children themselves. It is no secret that they could be AD at a number of much nicer places if their father wanted that.
This can't be true. Michael Moore said in his film that congressmen are not sending their own sons to fight. Yea right!
Sorry to hear that - hopefully time has healed the scars ...
Yeah,but don`t leave out "short" rounds,one of them almost got me.
I was in an ARVN night convoy once from Khe Sahn to Quang Tri that got ambushed.They were incompetent from what I saw of them,but they could steal a radio and leave the music playing as we used to say.
The ARNV had strange habits on ambush too. In the Michelin Rubber Plantation they used to string hammocks while we hunkered on the ground. Maybe they knew something and just didn't tell us.
The problem I have with that is what about all the ones that weren't duds and killed somebody. Was the hand of Providence not there?
Personally I think it's just randomness. Some people get lucky, some don't.
Well there aren't many. That much is true.
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