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Why Did the Army Refuse to Aid Fallen Marines at Ganjgal? (VIDEO)Tim King Salem-News.com
Never before in American history were U.S. troops intentionally sent on a mission where their "brother" Americans refused to help, allowing them to simply die.
(SALEM) - As a team of Marines were killed at Ganjgal village in 2009, U.S. Army commanders made a conscious decision to leave them to die. This is a stone cold documented fact.
Killed at Ganjgal:
Marine 1st Lt Michael Johnson
Marine Gunnery Sgt Edwin Johnson
Marine SSgt Aaron M Kenefick (Gunnery Sgt)
Navy/Corpsman James R Layton
Army Sgt Kenneth Westbrook
They could have been aided and their deaths avoided, but U.S commanders who sent them there, left them alone for the duration of a severe attack by Taliban militants. As the Marine Lieutenant in charge of the team made his final call to the army for artillery and air support, he told the officers he was about to die. The army staff at nearby Camp Joyce replied, "Try Your Best".
This happened on the day that Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson conducted an unimaginable rescue mission to bring more than 40 U.S. and Afghan military personnel out of Ganjgal. Their actions led to each receiving the Medal of Honor. The incident calls for a thorough unbiased investigation. At this point Smith & Wesson and the NRA are backing Meyer and Swenson and bringing light to the story. Yet it is all so strange.
Why did this happen?
How did the officers in charge of bungling this mission avoid being charged? Death sentences could be meted out over lesser circumstances.
At the conclusion of the video below, words appear on the screen stating that the officers in charge of this mission received reprimands. We know for an absolute fact that one of the officers at the center of what went wrong was promoted, appointed to a higher post and later retired with a full pension. Somebody isn't telling the truth. However I believe the video below is totally produced in earnest, and that the producers believe the reprimands happened. There is no question that the government stated that this took place.
Camp Joyce and Ganjgal are in the Pesh Valley of Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Camp Joyce was the base of operations and also the location of the regional tactical operations center (TOC).
Peter Granger, a former Army major, was in charge of the TOC that morning, but it wasn't his job, so why did his team take over the TOC on this particular day, 08 September 2009?
There was a full staff of soldiers who ran the TOC every day who had regional and situational awareness. They knew the soldiers and Marines they worked with, the lay of the land and they knew which villages were particularly deadly. All of the TOC team were relieved from duty on 08 Sept. and everyone who assumed their jobs were only there for a single day. One soldier dispatched helicopters to Ganjgal even though he was told not to, and the helicopter pilots were re-directed, never arriving at Ganjgal.
Dakota Meyer and Staff Sergeant Juan Rodriguez-Chavez violated orders in their decision to rescue the injured from the battlefield that day, and they received the nation's highest honor. It is unfortunate that the helicopter pilots did not do the same.
When CBS investigated the story in 2009, they reported that Granger was being reprimanded and that it would ruin his career. However in reality, Granger was promoted to lieutenant colonel and placed in charge of Stability Operations after Ganjgal.
HE LED THE TEAM THAT REFUSED TO AID THE STRICKEN MARINES, ALL OF WHOM DIED.
The force sent to Ganjgal allegedly to discuss plans to build a new mosque, involved 13 US Embedded Forces (U.S. Marine Corps Embedded Training Team 2-8), two Afghan National Army platoons numbering approximately 60 (1st Kandak, 2nd BDE, 201st Corps), one Afghan Border Patrol platoon numbering approximately 30, and one U.S. Army platoon.
After reading this brief overview and watching the video below, visit Aaron M Kenefick: A Marine Who Knew Too Much for more sordid details on the ambush at Ganjgal village.
Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War
Marine Corps Times
Military History Monthly
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