BEARING ARMS — On November 14, 2004, embedded photographer Lucian Read captured one of the most iconic photos of the Iraq War during the Battle of Fallujah. First Sergeant Brad Kasal of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, had taken seven 7.62×39 bullets and more than 40 pieces of shrapnel from grenades leading a rescue of Marines pinned down in a firefight that later became known as “Hell House.” Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism.
The photo of Marine lance corporals Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer carrying the wounded but indomitable Kasal from the fight was a graphic reminder that Marines take care of one another and don’t give up.
The photo became the basis for “No Man Left Behind,” bronze sculpture by Wyoming artist John Phelps, placed at the Warrior West site at Camp Pendleton. A similar statue is now at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Everything about the photo and the statues it inspired show the best traits of Americans… and so it was incredibly disgusting that one of these three Marines was just knocked unconscious and robbed in a race-based attack by a mob of Black Lives Matter thugs just blocks from the White House.