This story comes from the veteran’s site Grunt Stuff and it takes place in Iraq. A small group of Army Rangers were ordered to clear a building containing four hostiles. They shot and killed three of them, only to realize the fourth one was still alive and about to pull the pin on a live grenade. That’s when things went from “heroically brave” to “superhuman”:
Being only feet away, our ranger buddy’s instincts and training took over. He rushed the enemy, immediately engaging in hand to hand combat. As they wrestle, this ranger can’t seem to get to his knife due to all of his gear being in the way. Again, without hesitation, he reaches for the first solid object he could get his hands on; an MRE spoon!
After grabbing the spoon, he began stabbing the enemy in the neck until he was dead. …
This Ranger’s actions saved the lives of several other men that day. A task many men might brag about. Rather, he remains in the shadows and asks for no glorification.
To clarify, an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) spoon is an ordinary plastic spoon, no different than the one I’ll use in the office later on to eat a yogurt. And this Ranger used it to introduce a grenade-wielding terrorist to his 72 virgins in the afterlife.
I defy you to read this account and not hold your own manhood cheap. I feel all manly about myself just for fixing the sump pump in the garage or getting my lawn to look nice. This guy saved every man in his outfit with a plastic spoon. Not even something with an edge to it, like a knife or a spork. A frigging spoon. And he wants no credit. No recognition. Just a real man doing a real job as part of a band of brothers who’d do the same for him.
Yes, it’s enough to make you feel totally inadequate. But the pride of knowing America is able to produce men of this caliber more than makes up for it. That and the message to any who will try to do our soldiers harm: They better not bring a grenade to a spoon fight.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get ready for my job, which is talking about sports. And while I’m embarrassed to admit that considering what this Ranger does for a living, at least I can appreciate the real men who make it possible. Godspeed, Rangers. And thanks.