Claim: Photograph shows a defiantly-posed U.S. Marine injured in a bomb blast in Iraq.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
The Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant in the picture is Michael Burghard, part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team that is supporting
Leading the fight is Gunnery Sgt Michael Burghardt, known as “Iron Mike” or just “Gunny”. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling
Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant’s feet. “A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,” he recalls. “As I was in the air I remember thinking, ‘I don’t believe they got me.’ I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.”
His colleagues cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there. “My dad’s a Vietnam vet who’s paralyzed from the waist down,” says
Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of
19 September 2005, Marine Gunnery
Unfortunately, that day
The Omaha World-Herald photograph of
So after the Nebraskans tended to wounds that reached from his boot tops to the small of his back, Burghardt rose to his feet and reached back with a one-finger salute for his attackers. “I was angry,” Burghardt said. The photo appeared on numerous Marine-related Internet web logs. Burghardt received more than “I don’t know how my anger turned into a motivational picture,” Burghardt said.
… with two new young Marines in his ordnance disposal
So after the Nebraskans tended to wounds that reached from his boot tops to the small of his back, Burghardt rose to his feet and reached back with a one-finger salute for his attackers.
“I was angry,” Burghardt said.
The photo appeared on numerous Marine-related Internet web logs. Burghardt received more than
“I don’t know how my anger turned into a motivational picture,” Burghardt said.
Last updated: 31 January 2006
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