Everyone, meet Tom.
Tom is a badass 84-year-old Marine who recently chased two burglars out of his house. Sure, the burglars managed to steal a few things from his home, but he didn’t let them get away without dishing out a little payback.
Tom told New Mexico news station KOAT that he woke up with a gun in his face while his house was being robbed.
“Four times, my life was threatened in a way,” he said. Tom referred to the gun he woke up staring into as “a large revolver, it wasn’t no small one you put in a purse.”
“They came in, they point the gun and I just stood my ground,” Tom said.
At one point one of the thieves held Tom on the ground and tried to choke him with a radio cord.
“He tried to tie it around my neck, the radio cord,” Tom said.
That’s when he retaliated by hitting the criminal in a place no man ever wants to be hit.
“I just took my fist and [punching motion] because he’s right my height. You know if I’m nearly on the floor and he’s standing, it’s the right height for the groin.”
Albuquerque police have already caught one suspect, identified as Jose Gomez, and are still searching for the second.
Just goes to show you that even at 84, Marines still find a way to get the job done.
A young woman and 61-year-old Marine veteran were injured and hospitalized Sunday after the woman jumped from a balcony of the Oakland Coliseum and the veteran attempted to catch her.
The incident occurred just after the Oakland Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans.
A lifetime Raiders fan, the veteran had just purchased season tickets after watching them on TV.
The veteran was leaving the coliseum with a friend when he saw the 20-year-old woman on the third level of the stand, which had been closed off to the public. Though he pleaded with her not to jump, she threw herself onto a seating area and landed on top of him, injuring them both.
According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson, the woman threw herself from the balcony in an attempt at suicide.
“He put himself in a lot of risk,” Nelson said. “Right now, he is in the hospital paying the price for it. 100 per cent he saved her life.”
The woman was in the intensive care unit Monday after suffering a serious blow to the head. The Marine vet's injuries were not life-threatening.
Neither the man or woman have been identified.
A straight Nebraska Marine who stood up for his gay friends was left badly beaten in an assault that police are now considering to be a hate crime.
Ryan Langenegger of Omaha was out to eat with his two friends, Josh Foo and Jacob Gellinger, around 2 a.m. when they started being harassed by a few men. Gellinger was dressed in drag.
“We were eating and there was three guys watching us and one of them stepped up and was a foot or two away from my friend and he just kept saying should I should I?” recalled Langenegger.
Eventually, Gellinger reportedly told the men, “I know I’m a boy in a dress.” The three men responded with derogatory remarks and wouldn’t stop. When Langenegger, Gellinger and Foo decided to leave the restaurant, the three men followed them and tried to block them from getting in their car.
“I stepped in and said, ‘Hey we aren’t looking for any trouble,’ and as I’m talking to him one of his friends from the corner of my eye comes up and hits me in the face,” says Langenegger. “I stand up and he also swings at my other friend and misses and I just look at him and say, ‘Why? There’s no reason for this.’”
As a result of the attack, Langenegger wound up with facial bruising, a couple of chipped teeth, and a large wound on his forehead. He says, however, that it was all worth it.
“I see this happen all the time with my friends and it’s really sickening,” said Langenegger. “It’s 2013, we live in Omaha, a lot of people don’t realize that this stuff is going on and it’s just not right, and I’m just not going to stand by and watch my friends and pretty much family get degraded its just not right.”
Both Gellinger and Foo say they are thankful that Langenegger stood up for them that night. Langenegger has filed a police report, and authorities say they are considering it a hate crime. The three friends hope that surveillance footage along with credit card information given at the restaurant by the perpetrators could be used to help find them.
South Carolina Sheriff’s Deputy Allen Derrick was fired Tuesday after he was filmed handcuffing and yelling at a female Army soldier while off duty.
According to witnesses, Derrick approached soldier Brittany Ball at a local bar, which led to an argument. Derrick then exited the bar and returned from his personal vehicle with handcuffs, gun and badge.
When Derrick returned to detain Ball, fellow service member Steven Hughes decided to film the event.
“I said, ‘I’m going to start videoing this because I think something is about to get out of hand,’” Hughes said. “And about the time I got my [camera] out, he had her turned around and was putting her in handcuffs.”
Derrick proceeded to pull Ball to her feet and slam her head into a metal table. At one point, Derrick pressed her into a table, which reportedly collapsed.
“This is how Marines deal with soldiers,” Derrick allegedly said.
Both Derrick and Ball had been drinking alcohol at the time of the filming.
Police later ordered Derrick to release Ball, then arrested and charged him with assault and battery.
Though Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott initially opposed the decision, he later assented.
“It made me sick and disgusted that any law enforcement officer would act that way,” Lott said.
Derrick was fired Tuesday after the video emerged.
Wen Jones, The Former Marine Who Was Badly Beaten After Coming To The Aid of a Bullied Teenager, Says He Would Do It Again (Video)
The man who stepped in to stop a group of 20 year olds that were bullying a 14-year-old boy is being called “a true Samaritan” by the father of the harassed teenager.
Wen Jones, a former Marine and father of two, was at the beach near his home in Jupiter, Florida when he witnessed a group of men harassing some teenagers and one of the teenager’s fathers. According to reports, the men were kicking sand in the teens’ faces and yelling racial slurs at the 14-year-old, who was black.
As the teen’s father, Leroy Wright, went to get a baseball bat from his truck in an attempt to stop the harassment, Jones decided to take action. In trying to do the right thing, he was severely beaten by the 20-year-old men. Jones suffered a concussion, a fracture under his eye, and bad bruises from the incident. He was brought to the hospital, where doctors had to give him stitches on his face and operate on his fracture.
The three men, now identified as 20-year-olds Eric Deiter, Tyler Carswell, and Cody Roon, fled the scene following the beat down, but were all eventually arrested and charged with aggravated battery. They have not yet been charges with a hate crime for the use of racial slurs against the teen and his father.
Jones says that despite his injuries, he would do it all again if he had to.
“I'm not happy to have been injured pretty severely,” Jones said to the Sun Sentinel, “but at the same time, I ask myself, would I do it again? You know, it was the right thing to do, so I probably would.”
Wright says that he is beyond grateful for the actions that Jones took that day.
“I feel like this man literally risked his life, because he saw a situation that was bad,” Wright said. “Out of all the people that was standing around on the beach that day, he was the only one that stood up against these guys. If he didn’t receive a Purple Heart when he was in the military serving, he deserves one now, because he’s a true Samaritan.”
Wright and Jones have not spoken since the incident, but both apparently hope it will happen soon.
A former U.S. Marine who is trying to fulfill his dream of playing college football is being hindered by an NCAA rule that seems to make little to no sense. Steven Rhodes wants to play football for Middle Tennessee State University but the NCAA is saying he is not eligible at this time because he participated in a military-only recreational football league in 2012. Rhodes, 24, was informed that he would have to redshirt this season and could not play for MTSU.
"This is extremely frustrating. I think it's unfair, highly unfair," Rhodes said. "I just got out of the Marine Corps, and I wanted to play. For (the NCAA) to say, 'No, you can't play right now,' I just don't understand the logic in that."
Rhodes finished his five years of active service in the Marines this summer. He said that the military recreational league that he participated in was highly unorganized and not even competitive.
"Man, it was like intramurals for us. There were guys out there anywhere from 18 to 40-something years old," Rhodes said. "The games were spread out. We once went six weeks between games."
His wife, Adrienne, is finishing her service in the U.S. Navy, USA Today reported.
"I was super excited when he got the chance to play football (at MTSU), but then I was shocked to find out there was a problem with him playing," Adrienne said. "Those games were something they did in their spare time on the same base. They were games against different shops — you know, like the air traffic controllers against the mechanics. It was so disorganized. I couldn't believe that was an issue."
There is still hope for Rhodes.
"The NCAA has provided an initial review of the case and will continue to work with the university. The process is ongoing and a final decision has not yet been made," NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said in a statement that was released on Sunday.
Last year, former Marine Brandon Raub was forcibly detained by federal agents and committed to a psychiatric ward for more than a month.
According to Raw Story, he was detained and committed because of controversial posts on Facebook. Raub sued. Now, Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett has refused to dismiss this lawsuit despite pressure from several FBI and Secret Service agents as well as local police officers.
In August 2012, Raub posted to his profile theories about the Sept. 11 attacks being an inside job. According to Huffington Post, he also posted some violent rap lyrics. On Aug. 16, local law enforcement and a few federal agents paid Raub a visit to discuss his Facebook posts. Raub cooperated despite not being obliged to do so. The officers did not have a warrant.
For some undisclosed reason, one of the officers called Michael Campbell, a county psychotherapist and described Raub. The psychotherapist, despite never having observed Raub, considered him “potentially dangerous,” and recommended he should be detained. At this point, the officers handcuffed Raub and drove him to the nearest jail before committing him into a psychiatric ward.
The officers have since claimed that what occurred was not an arrest. Yet, his lengthy detainment and footage of the incident have all led to public outrage.
According to WND, Raub was detained for four days and then sentenced to 30 days of psychiatric evaluation. Shortly thereafter, however, another judge overruled the evaluation. Raub still decided to sue and the Rutherford Institute took his case. The officers being sued have rallied to have the lawsuit dismissed.
The officers claim that, in order to detain an individual, they need only prove, "probable cause that the individual poses a danger to himself or others.” Posts on Facebook, a public venue, are not immune to laws regarding public safety. However Raub’s attorneys argue that even so, the evidence of danger was far from probable since the officers only consulted a psychoanalyst who had never personally encountered Raub. The only information the psychoanalyst or the officers were privy to were Raub’s political views.
In light of a highly publicized prior case where a Massachusetts teenager was held in prison for four months for $500,000 bail after posting a violent Facebook comment.
Incidents like these are not uncommon when courts defer to public safety concern over free speech.
Lance Cpl. Cody Scott Schoenfelder,19, was found dead in Washington D.C. Friday night. Investigators are looking into whether the marine shot himself while playing a trust game with the fellow marine present.
The game is a well-known trust building exercise among members of the armed services. One member pretends to load a gun and levels the weapon at the eye of his comrade, asking, “Do you trust me?” If the latter says yes, the service member will pull the trigger. If he says no, the weapon will be lowered. Either way, however, no shots should have been fired.
According to Raw Story, Schoenfelder was a young, decorated marine who hailed from South Dakota. He received both the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal. He was set to accept a post at Camp David.
His parents described their son, who graduated high school early, as, “just a good Midwestern farmboy who wanted to serve his country.” He appeared in good spirits at the family’s most recent visit and they have no reason to suspect the death was a suicide.
John Norton, a spokesman for the Marines declined to comment on how many marines were present at the time of the shooting. Neither would he comment on the investigation of the “trust” game that has been the cause of several deaths nationwide.
To compound the family’s grief, Schoenfelder could not donate his organs, despite being an organ donor, due to minor complications. The military has vowed to review the situation.
A Marine who was captured on camera urinating on the bloody bodies of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan while wearing his uniform is saying he'd do it again.
Sergeant Joseph Chamblin claims that the 2011 incident was an attempt by battle-weary Marines to execute “psychological warfare.” Chamblin apparently believed that the insurgents in the video had been planting improvised explosives in the area and that they more than likely were responsible for the death of one of his friends, Sergeant Mark Bradley.
"These were the same guys that were killing our family, killing our brothers," he said. "We're human. Who wouldn't (want to get revenge) if you lost your brother or mother? Wouldn't you want revenge?"
Chamblin said the incident occurred when he and his colleagues were ordered to recover the dead bodies of Taliban members.
"It's not like it was a conscious thought or decision but one was like, 'You know what, (urinate) on these guys.' And some said, 'Yeah, (urinate) on them,'" Chamblin said.
Chamblin said he has no regrets about urinating on the Taliban corpses, despite being fined $500 and demoted. “Do I regret doing it? Hell no,” he said. “If anything, it was more of a psychological effect on the enemy because if an infidel touches the body, they're not going to Mecca or paradise. So, now these insurgents see what happens when you mess with us.”
Chamblin is now writing a book called "Into Infamy." He said it will be dedicated to Bradley, The Daily Mail reported.
"Do you want the Marine Corps to be a group of Boy Scout pretty boys or do you want guys that will go out and kill the people trying to take advantage of your country and kill Americans?" Chamblin said. "Which do you want? Because you can't have both."
A post in an online forum that details an incident where a white Marine was allegedly beaten, stabbed and robbed in California after the George Zimmerman verdict was announced has started to make its way across the Internet. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office is treating the attack as if it was gang violence, but it sounds as if one of the Marine’s parents feels like the attack was a racially motivated hate crime.
A portion of the post, from Saiga-12.com, is below - see what you think:
On the morning of the 14th (Sunday) my step son, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps , was out with two other friends off base in 29 Palms CA. One was a Marine the other a Civilian. Steven and the other Marine are both white, and they're mutual friend is black. The three men observed a large group (15-20) African American males walking down the street making a lot of noise, shouting, causing a scene. Many were carrying weapons, ie...batons, and at least one tire iron.
The mob notices the three men sitting on the porch smoking and talking and proceeded to make they're way up the drive. At this point Steven, the other Marine and their civilian friend told them to leave. The mob attacked the other Marine first. Steven, seeing his friend being assaulted attempted to intervene. Stevens black friend also stepped in demanding they stop. The mob ignored Stevens black friend and attacked Steven instead. They struck him in the head with a tire iron, punched him repeatedly, kicked him repeatedly and then stabbed him in the right side of his chest. Once they had him on the ground and unconscious they continued to beat him. The other Marine was able to get away while Steven was eventually robbed while he lay helpless and unable to defend himself.
The police did arrive along with an ambulance to transport Steven to the Desert Palms hospital where he received multiple stitches, and staples to his chest and head. It should be noted that the mob that attacked Steven was composed entirely of black men, 15 to 20 of them. At no time did they attack Stevens black friend. All this took place Sunday the 14th following the George Zimmerman verdict.
A photo of the allegedly beaten white Marine was posted with an article about the incident on Before It’s News.
The stepfather ended his post by saying, “I hope this helps. Spread the word. It appears that whites can not be victims of hate crimes only commit them.” Melvin Peters, 23, was reportedly arrested in connection to the crime, The Inquisitr reported.