Hero WOD – Sábado 28.8.2021
7 Rounds for Time
7 Handstand Push-Ups
10 Squat Cleans (70% of 1RM)
250 meter Row
This workout is dedicated to Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette who was killed in action on March 22, 2009.
Ouellette, 28, was a squad leader in 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, from Camp Lejeune, N.C. On March 22, 2009, his unit was in its fifth month on the ground in the Now Zad district in northern Helmand province. Almost two hours into a foot patrol, which began in the morning at Forward Operating Base A.P. Hill, Ouellette was wounded by the blast of an improvised explosive device that detonated under his feet.
As the dust settled, the gunfire began from enemy positions a few meters away, and Ouellette lay bleeding in a crater. Gaining their bearings, the Marines of 1st Platoon scrambled to lay down suppressing fire and Cpl. Jesse Raper, a squad automatic machine gunner, pulled Ouellete, who was conscious and breathing, out of the crater. Together they began to apply tourniquets and Ouellette stayed in charge, said Hospitalman 3rd Class Matthew Nolan, who ran to Ouellette’s side within moments.
With the lower half of his left leg gone and his right upper thigh and groin area ripped through with shrapnel, Ouellette knew there was no time to waste. He calmly took charge of his squad’s response to the enemy ambush.
“When I get there, he’s still calling out orders, he’s still telling the radio operator what to call in for helos, what to call in for mortars, calling his evac nine-line in and making sure that his assistant team leader, Lance Cpl. Rupert, has everything under control,” Noland said.
But Ouellette’s time was slipping away. As a quick-reaction force sped toward the ambush site, having been hampered by additional IEDs along the route, he was taken by ground ambulance to a casualty evacuation landing zone about two kilometers away. And, according to Nolan, Oullete was still breathing and conscious when the bird took off.
“I’m proud of my Marines,” were the last words Nolan heard Ouellete say as he waited for that bird.
Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette posthumously received the Navy Cross on November 10, 2012 for displaying exceptional valor in combat by leading his Marines in a gun battle in Afghanistan, even after suffering a mortal wound.
We first found the workout posted by CrossFit New Hampshire @crossfitnewhampshire (Manchester, New Hampshire, USA) as their workout of the day for October 29, 2012.
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