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In the United States, questions arose on the decision of the command to award 39 soldiers from the base in Iraq with the Purple Heart medal

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The US is discussing the decision of the command to reward 39 American servicemen from the Ain al-Assad base in Iraq. These soldiers were at the base when the missile attack was launched on it. The strike was carried out in January 2020 by Iranian al-Quds militias in response to the elimination of General Qasem Soleimani. Much of the infrastructure of this US military base was destroyed, and several US troops were injured.


The American command, almost 2 years after those events, decided to award 39 US military personnel with the Purple Heart military medals.

This decision raised questions in the United States itself. The fact is that initially the Pentagon refused to award the injured servicemen, even denying the fact that there were victims of the missile strike. Then the presence of the victims was still admitted, however, stating that the majority received light concussions while at the time of the impact in the shelter.

Now, the US military command considered it necessary to present the Purple Hearts to those who were on the territory of the Ain al-Assad base in Iraq on January 8, 2020. It is noted that the soldiers and officers "are worthy of this award as they were injured from the actions of the enemy." It is the wounded and the dead (in the posthumous version) that the American military usually "receive" this medal since 1932.

American experts are asking questions regarding this award:

If there were indeed injuries, then why were the servicemen ignored for two years in terms of rewarding? Moreover, at first it was reported that there were no injured or dead. Then 45 people were recognized as victims. And now they are awarded 39.

The American command said that they "studied the issue." Colonel Gabriel Ramirez, spokesman for the US Army, adds that the question of awarding 11 more people is also being considered.

But if the officially recognized number of victims in the attack on the US base in Iraq is 45, and the total number of those awarded is planned to be increased to 50, then who are the 5 people who “officially” did not suffer, but will receive the “Purple Heart” from the command?
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 9 December 2021 07: 38
    +1
    Did you hide your losses and injuries? They often do it ... Or do they equate "psychological trauma" with wounds? It's not just a medal. It's about pensions (supplement counters)!
    1. Prisoner
      Prisoner 9 December 2021 07: 53
      +4
      For such cases, a new reward must be introduced - the "Foul Pants" medal. And only veterans can be awarded with it.
      1. Rusticolus
        Rusticolus 9 December 2021 08: 14
        +3
        So "purple" already has the unofficial name of the loser medal. For she is rewarded not for any useful actions, but, on the contrary, for useless actions or inaction resulting in injury or death. Something like a Darwin award, just for the military.
        1. 2 Level Advisor
          2 Level Advisor 9 December 2021 09: 10
          +6
          Quote: Rusticolus
          So "purple" already has the unofficial name of the loser medal. For she is rewarded not for any useful actions, but, on the contrary, for useless actions or inaction resulting in injury or death. Something like a Darwin award, just for the military.

          You are not right. The purple heart is awarded for being wounded in combat. it's like we have a sign of injury and to losers and useless actions - it has nothing to do, do not fantasize ..
          1. Rusticolus
            Rusticolus 10 December 2021 06: 05
            0
            "in the course of hostilities" and in combat, these are two big differences. Getting injured while sitting in a bunker at the base is so-so merit. Again, the sign of injury was simply assigned, and they are awarded a medal for serious cabbage soup, and even posthumously. So-so achievement to say the least. However, they love all sorts of trinkets with which they are awarded for anything, if only it was. And then there was a whole wound, and here it was more. For diarrhea during shelling, the same thing, there is some kind of reward, or maybe the same medal is awarded, there was a deterioration in health, therefore, they obviously suffered. After all, we are talking about the fact that the servicemen suffered, and were not injured.
            1. 2 Level Advisor
              2 Level Advisor 10 December 2021 08: 52
              0
              In the Second World War, "for a severe wound", a strip was given, including for severe frostbite, and it would seem that what does the enemy have to do with it - right? about what exactly in combat is not said anywhere and here .. the meaning of being wounded in the service .. You would just study the question a little, and then argue .. and trinkets are now everywhere given - "for participating in the parade" as well. ... reward .. and what's wrong with the fact that a person is rewarded for being wounded and not just entered into a military soldier? not so brutal or what? but a person in any case is pleased if his state thanks for the injury received while executing his order - and this is normal ..
    2. NDR-791
      NDR-791 9 December 2021 07: 56
      +4
      Or do they equate "psychological trauma" with injuries?

      Those five that are superfluous are not base personnel, they must have rescued Private Ryan diligently. My neighbors in the country house and I are probably worthy of ten medals by the American standards. The polygon behind the fence, the military fired and left, then others came and also fired. And here we huddle without taking out the potatoes. wassat
      1. URAL72
        URAL72 9 December 2021 09: 27
        +4
        I don’t remember how many minor concussions I have, but we don’t even report them. More serious concussions generally have to be hidden, otherwise they will be transferred somewhere to the rear, you will be a loader-builder. Do I need it? But there are also those who are in the hospital for 2 months, the deceased fellow countryman could not speak for more than a month. Only for this is not awarded. In general, our staff get more medals.
        1. NDR-791
          NDR-791 9 December 2021 09: 44
          +4
          Quote: URAL72
          In general, our staff get more medals.

          Ponte is always more expensive. An acquaintance of mine (I will not name it otherwise) received "For Services to the Fatherland" for the curtain of facades in St. Petersburg for the 300th anniversary. And after all he wears on a pinjack, is proud, aphid wassat
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  3. Kapkan
    Kapkan 9 December 2021 08: 06
    0
    Everything is like ours.))
  4. 75 Sergey
    75 Sergey 9 December 2021 08: 09
    -1
    Reward for coming under fire ?!
    I thought I was rewarded for deliberate action, making decisions that led to a positive result ...
    Although the amers like dressed up like a Christmas tree do not seem to have a military presence.
    1. Free wind
      Free wind 9 December 2021 09: 09
      +3
      This is a sign for injury, often posthumously. Not for deeds. Naturally, this should be military action. It does not give any privileges or privileges to anyone. At our front, stripes were used for wounds. They were worn on the right side, on a gymnast.
      1. 75 Sergey
        75 Sergey 9 December 2021 10: 50
        +1
        It is clear, otherwise they wrote - to reward
  5. Olgovich
    Olgovich 9 December 2021 08: 15
    -4
    This decision raised questions in the United States itself. The fact is that initially the Pentagon refused to award the injured servicemen, even denying the fact that there were victims of the missile strike. Then the presence of victims was still recognized

    I was ashamed to admit receiving a slap in the face ...
  6. Two
    Two 9 December 2021 08: 17
    0
    Medal for snot, tears and uncontrollable diarrhea.
    1. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 9 December 2021 10: 22
      -1
      Quote: Dos
      Medal for snot, tears and uncontrollable diarrhea.

      Zadornov: "Well, stupid!" Medal "Purple Heart" - purple.
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 9 December 2021 08: 18
    -2
    reward 39 U.S. military personnel ...
    Are they under fire in the country they occupied and are they already heroes? Then what to do so that there is no discrimination with others who have been in the same situation in Afghanistan, Syria, or even Iraq? Will the preference be given on the basis of race and LGBT affiliation? Therefore, it is understandable why American experts had a number of questions about this.
    1. Egoza
      Egoza 9 December 2021 08: 55
      -1
      Quote: rotmistr60
      why American experts have a number of questions about this.

      Each member of the commission has a calculator in their hands, and each calculator shows a different number. They will count, maybe in another 2 years, and appreciate all the "heroes")))
  8. Cat Alexandrovich
    Cat Alexandrovich 9 December 2021 08: 57
    -2
    Yes, let everyone reward everyone for any, even minor, psychotrauma! For example, he was afraid that the payment would be delayed for a day, that there would be no necessary sauce in the cafeteria, that they were shooting 200 km away. Then all the American warriors will be like Christmas trees! In the end, it's just beautiful !!! fellow
    1. Gardamir
      Gardamir 9 December 2021 09: 35
      +3
      And what? I know a country where people are awarded for participating in the parade. However, this is different.
      1. serg.shishkov2015
        serg.shishkov2015 9 December 2021 11: 17
        +1
        And I know such a country ... but a classmate who rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel for two Chechens - in a civil jacket on May 9 - two ribbons. and a classmate did not wear his medal!
      2. your1970
        your1970 9 December 2021 12: 05
        0
        Quote: Gardamir
        And what? I know a country where people are awarded for participating in the parade. However, this is different.

        Everybody knows ... when in 1985 combat the order was handed out to everyone ...

        More than 9,1 million awards
        during the war
        I degree - 324 903 people.
        II degree - 951 652 people.

        My grandfather's neighbor in Samara served in the commandant's office throughout the war - how did I know that his ALSO rewarded - I put my own in the chest of drawers and never put it on ...
        So the indifference to orders and medals did not start yesterday or 10 years ago.
      3. your1970
        your1970 10 December 2021 17: 04
        -1
        Gardamir - poked "-" and hesitated to write ...
        Is it not true that in 1985 8 million orders of the Patriotic War were handed out?
        Or is it also not true that the front-line soldiers treated this award as an anniversary and were ashamed of it?
        The fact that this order had a strict (for specific feats) statute of rewarding - and they did not look at it when rewarding the neighbor's grandfather - is it not true?
        And what was it like for those who were awarded them during the war - for their blood and torment - to see All ?
        1. Gardamir
          Gardamir 10 December 2021 20: 31
          -1
          Only 8 million means not everyone.
          And now the orders are called for participation in the parade ...
          1. your1970
            your1970 11 December 2021 11: 34
            -1
            Quote: Gardamir
            Only 8 million means not everyone.
            - judging by the neighbor - EVERYONE ... Perhaps everyone the remaining alive - for 1985
            And yet - you the differences do not understand between the medal "For participation in the parade ..." and COMBAT order ???? !!!
            You do not understand - that their leveled not now but then - when they handed everything out in a row? do not understand- that the USSR with its own hands slammed the level on the floor BATTLE awards with the formula "you have an order - go to the parade" !!!!
            Grandfather from May 1941 to 1943, artillery reconnaissance, heavy nag, 3 times surrounded (in one 3 weeks breaking through they ate one onion and sugar - the grandfather did not like them until his death in 1999), was blown up by a mine - awards ZBZ and ZO
            And the neighbor - from 1941 to 1945 in the commandant's office in Samara, felt the women throughout the war
            And according to their order - both ...
            Grandfather is true 1 degree KSK to a disabled war veteran and a second to a neighbor ..

            Yes, after this pornography (8 million military orders like from a bush to everyone in a row) - the current government can quite easily give the order "For a trip to someone else's woman" (1 degree - if the husband caught)
  9. aszzz888
    aszzz888 9 December 2021 09: 33
    -2
    The American command, almost 2 years after those events, decided to award 39 US military personnel with the Purple Heart military medals.
    They have a merikatos with Estonian roots in their shots. bully
  10. askort154
    askort154 9 December 2021 09: 58
    -4
    "Purple Heart"

    A strange name for a medal for men.
    This is more suitable for rewarding loving women. yes
  11. uralant
    uralant 9 December 2021 10: 59
    -3
    Quote: Level 2 Advisor
    You are not right. The purple heart is awarded for being wounded in combat. it's like we have a sign of injury and to losers and useless actions - it has nothing to do, do not fantasize ..

    I would like to see these fighting. What kind of heroism did the warriors show during the missile raid? If I had repelled or tried to repel and received battle wounds, and so ... There are our neighbors, also HEROi, they received heroic awards for fleeing from cauldrons, for abandoned personnel in battle, for injuries received from the lower back while fleeing from a position. In a "civilized, democratic" world, not only politics is turned upside down, everything is turned upside down.
  12. Max PV
    Max PV 9 December 2021 19: 02
    -3
    One of two things, or the Americans somewhat downplayed their own losses during that strike, or the Purple Heart should be renamed Brown Cowards.
  13. gurzuf
    gurzuf 9 December 2021 19: 14
    -2
    "... 45 people were recognized as victims. And now 39 are awarded." Probably 16 turned out to be white and ... oh horror - straight am