Purple Heart

image001-1000PFC Leah Bartlett awarded Purple Heart

09 March 2012

Reaction to the recent Koran burnings led to dozens of killings.  Some of the attacks were obviously related to the burnings, while others may have been normal background noise of war.  Whatever the specific motivations, bombs still explode hard, and bullets still fly fast.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast in Nangarhar Province:

Afghan Taliban set off car   bomb at Jalalabad airport

“A Taliban suicide car bomber has killed at least nine   people and wounded 10 others in an attack at Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan.

“The insurgents said the bombing was in revenge for a Koran-burning incident at a US air base near Kabul a week ago.

“The burning, which the US says was unintentional, has sparked violent protests across the country.”

PFC Bartlett was among the wounded.  Her father, veteran Randy Bartlett emailed:

“Just talked to her Mom. She's been evac'd to Bagram to the CSH [Combat Support Hospital].  She was in the turret of the MRAP when a black SUV popped out of traffic and went barreling toward the gate.  Before anyone could do anything, it detonated.  She was blown backward into the rear of the turret and injured her back as well as having both eardrums blown out.  Another kid, just arrived, was with her.  He took some fragments but will be OK.  Said she woke up on the ground and the gate was gone.  Apparently they secured it quickly enough that there was no further drama.

“Her Mom said she sounded as good as can be expected. She'll be there a couple of weeks then back to her unit to redeploy.”

PFC Bartlett and her buddies have earned their Purple Hearts, but there is a joke among the troops: “I don’t want the free fishing license, or the free license plate, or any scars to brag about.”


+6 # mskaren 2012-03-09 15:06
Good work.... GOD bless
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+1 # Citationokiquit 2012-03-09 15:22
PH citation is useful when applying for disability.
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+4 # Special Agent retiredTim Lum 2012-03-09 15:28
Whew!! Close One. Hurry Back to your Family and get well quickly.
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+11 # RE: Purple HeartRandy 2012-03-09 15:40
That's my grrl. (sic) Love you kid.
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+2 # Thank youMark b 2012-03-09 19:29
Quoting Randy:
That's my grrl. (sic) Love you kid.

God bless you and yours. Thank you for your family's service to our country.
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+1 # Old fartMatt Redmond 2012-03-16 20:16
Mike, Thanks for posting this picture. I know Randi must be very proud of his daughter. keep up the good work, Matt
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# Photo Credit...webzight 2012-03-09 15:54
Michael is that your photo?

Don't see your usual copyright bug in the frame?

Nice to give credit where credit is due if it is not yours;-)
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+2 # PhotoMichael Yon author 2012-03-09 16:11

That's a good question. It might be from PAO or combat camera but something tells me not. (Maybe PAO but probably not combat camera.) I got it from Leah's dad. I emailed to ask.
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+4 # Warriors all.Chuck Bennett 2012-03-09 16:10
Words fail. Bless them all. They give so much for us.
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# I'd think it is PAOJohn - Capt in ANG 2012-03-09 19:36
Keep in mind, a willing body is a filled position. So although the person snapping isn't necessarily a photographer by training, I'd bet a 2* handing PHs out will very def have a PAO rep there. With him going down the line, I doubt people were pulling out their personal cameras and asking for 2nd pics. I'm guessing though.

I was supposed to fly into Kabul the day after this happened to them. I saw the headline, "Airport bombed in Afghanistan," appear on the in-flight news on my LAX to Dubai flight. It was mixed feelings when I found out where it was. Glad my comrades in KAIA were ok, but hated to hear so many were hit.
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+1 # RE: Purple HeartRobert 2012-03-10 01:52
Bless you ma'am. Bless you.
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# Purple HeartTammy 2012-03-10 03:41
Thank you for your sevice - God Bless.
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# Thank youMike Barnett 2012-03-13 02:43
PFC Leah Bartlett, I thank you for your service and your sacrifice. And I'm glad you were on your own two feet and looking good when you received the symbol of gratitude from your country. Stay safe!
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# RE: Purple HeartLeah Bartlett 2012-10-31 19:46
It's weird reading this now that it's been months.
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