CURRAHEE! a Soldiers Miracle

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    Lt. Brian Brennan is a walking, talking miracle. There are no other words for it. One year ago today, he lost both his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan....

    The 44 pounds of explosives which tore off his legs and killed three fellow soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division also left Brennan with a brain injury so traumatic there seemed little hope for recovery.

    "He didn’t wake up," said Joanne, his mother. "That's when the real terror struck us all. Oh my, he may never wake up. They said on scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst, he was a 1."

    Then one day last June he had a visitor.

    "It was a very, very grim situation, very tough one," said General David Petraeus.

    Petraeus, who once commanded the 101st Airborne, tried the usual words of encouragement.

    "Hang tough, big guy," he said. "Your troopers need you back out there."

    But Petraeus' four stars carried no weight.

    "There was absolutely no response whatsoever," Petraeus said.

    "Did you think there was any hope?" Martin asked.

    "Not really," Petraeus said.

    "I see his beautiful blue eyes but he's staring straight right through me, and he doesn't know who I am and he doesn’t know I'm there," Joanne said.

    Petraeus turned to leave, then decided to give it one last try.

    "I just decided to shout out 'Currahee.'"

    That's right, "Currahee." It's a Cherokee Indian word that the was the motto for the famous "Band of Brothers" regiment in the 101st.

    "We counted 'One, two, three, Currahee,'" Petraeus said.

    "That's when he kind of sat up in the bed as best as he could," said Brennan's dad Jim.

    "Like saying, 'I'm in here, I'm in here,'" Joanne said.

    "All of a sudden, the lieutenant, his stumps are banging up and down on the sheets," Petraeus said. "His head is moving around and very clearly responding to his unit's nickname."

    "Everybody in the facility was clapping and crying," Joanne said. "The doctors who had been working on him and giving us all the bad news came running down the hall, 'We heard, we heard.'"

    I'll be honest, this choked me up watching.
  2. Fair play to Petraeus over this. It must take some guts facing upto the wounded and families of your bereaved troops.

  3. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Simple. He isn't a politician - he is a soldier. I think you will find our Generals show the same balls.

    We already know our ruling politicians don't........

    A good story too - I hope the lad continues to show improvement.