I have one, though I guess looking back now its not funny, but it sure was stupid from start to finish.
Weekend drill in the field in November. The mission that night was to send the company up a road
at 1AM in a snowstorm and react to being ambushed. Kinda lame but we really earned our money and trained.
The ambush was initiated by a Red Flare. So I hear the pop and see the rocket shoot out horizontally in the tree line along the road off to the left and hit something and go straight up through the trees.
Then the guys in the treeline start yelling endex and yelling Medic!! Medic!!!
Since I was an SSG squadleader, I left my people in place and walked up to where the victim of the ambush was.
It was some kid lying on his side groaning. The guy behind him accidentally fired the red flare into his back
and it bounced off. I never heard what the end result was for the kid who got hit.
Im guessing he had a good sized bruise. It had travelled a good 10 feet or so before it hit his back so it was moving.
Another one I still feel bad about. I was range NCO on a small M203 range.
I was walking past a kid right as he was getting ready to fire and I saw he has the flip out sight flipped out right in front of his mouth and hes looking through the front flip up leaf sight...... and I yelled dont fire just as he pulled the trigger on a training round.
The thing kicked back and the sight post went right through his upper lip.
He was bleeding heavily. I made sure his weapon was clear tld him keep iy up and down range and go see the medic.
He prb needed stitches for it but his teeth didnt look busted. Kinda felt the blame for that one.
One more. One day after we got out of the field my squads at the PX and one of my guys in my squad tells me that a private in my squad has an atwis round on him. Its a good size plastic round like a big shotgun shell with a primer cap on the bottom.
You put them in Tow Missle Launchers etc t simultate the blast and fire for training.
Very Dangerous thing to be carrying around in your pants pocket.
So I walk up to Private snuffy and ask him straight up if he has the thing? He says yes. I say I want it., Where is it. He pulls it out of his pocket
and hands it over...
I did some really dumb thngs too Il have to admit... But I never played with fire!!! lol
Some of them wanted to play with unexploded tank rounds mortar rounds etc that were lying in the training areas!
Its a wonder we never lost anyone. I walked up behind a sgt in my platoon and he was hunched over kicking at someting in the dirt. I said whats up what are you doing? He bends down picks up something and turns around and hes hlding and unexploded anti tank round with a penetrator rod on the front.
I told hm to put it down... Reported it...
so the OD guys could get it.
Edited by rooster77, 18 December 2019 - 10:24 AM.