Bad-Ass Defined

"tough guy," 1950s U.S. slang, from bad + ass.
(Also, bad-assed.)
1. (of a person) difficult to deal with; mean-tempered; touchy.
2. distinctively tough or powerful; so exceptional as to be intimidating.
3. Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts

A former Army staff sergeant is set to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroics during one of the deadliest battles of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts from Nashua, New Hampshire, spent an agonizing 90 minutes fighting off enemy fighters despite shrapnel injuries to both legs and an arm that left the young soldier critically wounded and resigned to certain death. [...]

The medal recognizes the 'courageous actions' shown by Pitts while he served as a forward observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, when Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, near Wanat Village in Kunar Province, in remote northeastern Afghanistan, came under full-scale assault by approximately 200 Taliban fighters on July 13, 2008.

Nine paratroopers gave their lives and 27 were wounded at The Battle of Wanat.

Deep into battle, Pitts found himself alone at the observation post and losing blood. He radioed to tell his superiors that everyone else was either dead or gone, but was told reinforcements were not available.

Resigned to death, he began firing a grenade launcher almost directly overhead to where insurgents had concealed themselves.

(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)

Posted by: DMartyr at 03:00 PM


1 Mazel tov, Sgt. Ryan Pitts!!

Posted by: Bubbe at June 24, 2014 04:43 PM

2 It's bad enough fighting off 200 Taliban without also having to fight the incompetence and poor planning from HQ at the same time.

A very well deserved medal.

Posted by: STV at June 24, 2014 06:41 PM

3 Greetings:

Once again our military disestablishment proves it formidable abilities by, in this age of telecommunications and video supervision to get the recommendation investigated and awarded in just under six years by the Gregorian calendar.

Just what the heck is going on with this medal business??? How many apparatchiks are making their livings/careers of someone else bravery???

Posted by: 11B40 at June 24, 2014 07:52 PM

4 A true hero, well-deserving this medal.

What a pity that the medal will be given by probably the least-honorable man in history - BHO. That asshole is not fit to be in the same room as Staff Sergeant Pitts.

Posted by: Shadowman at June 25, 2014 12:45 AM

5 Did he die or did he survive? Is he receiving this medal posthumously?

Posted by: MistressOverdone at June 27, 2014 03:59 AM

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