An American Hero

06 Aug

Master Sargent Roy Benavidez [courtesy Google Images]

Master Sargent Roy Benavidez
[courtesy Google Images]

The Viet Nam War was costly, confusing and fundamentally insane.  Even so, in the midst of that insanity (and perhaps because of that insanity) we sometimes caught glimpses of individual conduct that was so profound, persistent and incomprehensible that the only word left to describe that individual was “hero”.  Even if you hated that war, and hated the military–even if you fought for the Viet Cong–even if you hate Mexican-Americans–you’ve go to admit that Master Sargent Raul (Roy) Perez Benavidez (August 5, 1935 – November 29, 1998) was a “hero”.  And not just once, but for much of his life.

A lot of people are called heroes, but they aren’t.  They may have done something remarkable once or even twice in their lives, but that’s usually as far as their heroics go.  They save someone else’s life.  The media hypes them as “heroes”.  But they usually deny being heroes and they’re usually right.

Master Sargent Benavidez demonstrated his courage on several occasions where he might’ve been killed–and was, in fact, repeatedly wounded so badly that he should’ve died.  On one occasion, he was wounded so badly that, although he was conscious, he couldn’t speak or move to signal that he was alive.  The medics thought he was dead, placed him in a body bag, and were closing the zipper when one of his friends forced a doctor to feel Benevidez’ heart, recognize his pulse and realize that he was still alive.

Can you imagine being so badly wounded–and yet aware–that you were being zipped up into a body bag?

There’s something about real heroes that’s incomprehensible to the rest of us.  You can see their heroics, but you can’t understand them.  Real heroes inspires awe.

If there are such things as “heroes,” Master Sargent Roy Benavidez was one.

If you ever dreamed of being a man, Benavidez’ story might make your eyes mist over.  He’s the real deal.

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Values, Video, War


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3 responses to “An American Hero

  1. Anthony Clifton

    August 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Remember the Alamo…& Waco

    just think if Roy had {had} a bead on the PHARISEES & MONEY CHANGERS…
    not to mention the ADL/FBI before Vickie Weaver was shot in the face on her front porch

    I had a 1st Sgt. Hawkins @ Ft. Huachuca in the summer of ’79, and a 1st Sgt. @ Ft. Sam
    who was a green beret who took his reenlistment oath on the bridge over the river Kwai
    really great Men of Honor…sorta like some others…still kicking
    Al Adask, John Friend, Dean Henderson, Kenny {s}, Rense, Pat Shannan, Robert Fox,
    even…Richard Donaldson….and many more…WORLD WIDE.
    lotsa potential…for the TARES meeting their just rewards….TODAY !

    eventually, if the Bible has any validity whatsoever,
    the LANGUAGE must be purified….Zephaniah 3:9

  2. katmanwon

    August 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Americans may live in North, South & Central America.

    HOWEVER you are in Texas b/c the Texas NEVER ceded the land to the U.S.

    Texas was guaranteed a republic form of govt. w/ lawful tender & NO ATTORNEYS.

    I like it that way,

  3. Anthony Clifton

    August 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Katmanwon is correct…however it takes the MEN on Land with STONES to
    uphold the LAW…and not enforce diabolical statutes from evil miscreants…
    who print currency & own the media…

    is it a mere coincidence that JFK & Waco….
    were done with the malice aforethought
    by the same group of “terrorists”….


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