Navy SEAL Awarded Silver Star For First Ever Confirmed Kill With Prosthetic Leg Paul September 23, 2012 Navy 40 Comments 8 Follow Duffel Blog: CORONADO, CA — In a ceremony yesterday, U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Bryan Able was presented with the Silver Star for bravery, making him the first to receive the award for the use of a prosthetic limb as a weapon. “I’ve got to say that it feels good to receive this award, but I think any one of my guys would have done this,” said Able. “Well… except for the whole using your leg part, but you get what I’m saying.” Able is the officer-in-charge of a platoon with SEAL Team One. The young Lieutenant lost his leg in an explosion in 2005, while fighting in Ramadi, Iraq, but he recovered and fought to re-deploy with his men. Last year, his unit was sent to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Province. While applying sunscreen to their bare chests and backs while on a rooftop patrol base, the SEALs apparently came under a ferocious attack from Taliban fighters. “They opened up with everything they had,” said SO2(SEAL) Michael Davidson. “You can smell these guys a mile away because they have never heard of a shower, but they were so close and the B.O. was so bad, you could practically taste it.” The investigation of the incident revealed not only the interruption of a scheduled volleyball match in the courtyard, but also extraordinary heroism among the SEALs — including acts above and beyond by their commander. “If it wasn’t for LT and his leg, we probably would’ve gotten smoked,” said Davidson. Soon after the Taliban attacked and gained access to the rooftop, Able radioed for support. Unable to thwart the attack, the SEALs then conducted a “badass looking rappel” down the side of the one-story building and extracted to a nearby village. According to his citation, Able was walking around a mud wall when a Taliban fighter grabbed the muzzle of his weapon — bringing on a hand-to-hand struggle. With his weapon thrown to the dirt and out of reach, the SEAL grabbed his leg and used it as a weapon of opportunity. “He basically smashed the son-of-a-bitch’s face in,” said Davidson. “Which is pretty awesome, considering some other shithead just like him [the insurgent] gave him that leg.” The Taliban fighter apparently begged for the SEAL to stop showing the underside of his boot as he was being repeatedly hit in the face, screaming “it’s extremely offensive to my faith” in Arabic. With the fighter dead from blunt force trauma, Able then propped his rifle on his leg — using it to sight in on the advancing enemy. Giving him a steady shooting platform, the Lt. was able to kill over thirty Taliban fighters and break up the attack. “This young man is a real hero,” said Admiral Anthony Miliken. “I think his actions show that being a wounded warrior doesn’t mean you can’t still be a great fighter.” As a result of the incident, Navy Recruiting Command is actively seeking sailors with missing limbs for use in Naval Special Warfare and has further implemented the “prosthetic sniping position” into BUD/S training. Anonymous sources within the Navy have also said that while Lt. Able is being publicly hailed a hero, he is privately being forced to attend cultural awareness training for showing his boot in ignorance of Islamic customs. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/hbakP Mike Harris says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM I thought i read this story in that book about all the SEALS classified actions. Jesse Trammell says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM This is the highlight of my morning. Definitely coming back. Jack Parker Jr says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM CAT, that is an insult. We are dealing with a culture of people who target unarmed babies, children, and other civilians. This seems hypocritical. Deano Deanovich says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Are you fucking kidding me! cultural awareness meetings! I got a cultural awareness meeting for them! The mans a fucking warrior. Show em your war face AAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Shelly Gutierrez says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Or applying sunscreen. Dudley Toelke says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM He would have got the Navy Cross but points were deducted for cultural insensitivity. Edward Hughes says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM I for one am waiting for the day when severly injured soldiers can return to combat to beat their enemies to death with robo-fists after wading through hostile fire thanks to their new titanium thorax. Maybe throw in some machine gun arms too. Chuck Hensley says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Freakin SEALS,,,badasses will beat you to death with a prosthetic leg!!! Hell yeah!! Flavia Mestiza Grubbs says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM another great story…. classic on the cultural awareness gig…. Walter Blower says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM LMAO! Steven Hansen says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM WAY TO GO SIR! F THE CULTURAL CLASSES WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT. Cunning Linguists Inc. says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM They deserved to died just for ruining the sunscreen moment. Jaime Myers says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Screw Islamic customs. When it comes to a situation like this, the rules of engagement go out the window. I think staying alive was far more important. Bazooka Joe says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Man what would we do without these SEALs…and their legs? Joshua Lai says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Keith David already did that in Dead Presidents Peter Kirk says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM at least he had ,, a leg up,, in that horrible interruption! Edward R Homeyer says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM That is so badass I don’t even know what to say! I think a combat version of prosthetic legs should come with spikes sticking out the front back and outside. Finish Line Racing says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM He shouldn’t have to attend cultural awareness bullshit. Why don’t the Taliban do the same then? Steven Diaz says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM So about these men rubbing lotion on each other, can we keep talking about that Daniel Barton says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Nobody fucks with a volleyball match lol. Ol Ven says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM That’s what happens when you interrupt down time! Cristopher Sharps says: January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM Screw their custom he shouldn’t have attacked a guy with a missing limb besides their the offensive ones that treat life like it’s a joke by bombing innocents and strapping bombs to women, children and babies. Just goes to show people with disabilities means we are better abled than most without disabilities! coldnorth says: October 5, 2012 at 4:15 AM Best laugh I’ve had all day. I think these SEALS should have checked the calander. It might have been Sodomy Thursday, and talibanies were just trying to share a unique part of their culture. Look In About Us says: October 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM The Duffel Blog serves the men and women of the US Military with a daily dose of military humor, funny military pictures, and faux news. We take an interesting and funny look at military life. We focus on veterans, military stories, defense, politics (sometimes) and life on base — with a comedic twist. We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Just about everything on this website is satirical in nature. Quoted from about us section on this website TWS says: September 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM I’m sorry but the first kill with a prosthetic limb goes to Colonel Steve Austin. I believe it was Sawviet agents in Ratfuckastan or something like that (I have no idea why they pronounce ‘soviet’ as ‘sawviet’). I am pretty sure he was first. There was a civilian chick who might have kicked a guy in the nads but that was just a rumor. John Engstrom says: September 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM It’s stories like this – those not reported on in the MSM – that keep me coming back to this web site day after after day after day. After day. Army Wife (P) says: September 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM I’d do them! Army Wife (P) says: September 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM Provided the husband was still deployed of course. Just Sayin’ john says: September 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM your husband deserves better… jus sayin JCRetired says: October 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM Calm down killer. I’m sure she was just joking (like this entire site) moron. Hell, she might have thrown you some until you made that dumbass comment. Just saying. @Army Wife (P) we both know this guy had no chance even before he opened his man pleaser. Cheers. Rooster says: September 24, 2012 at 5:22 AM I’m impressed by the emergency rappell down the one story building. Gosh, you could smear the sunscreen in a dangerous maneuver like that. But in the end, I guess the Taliban fighters didn’t have a leg to stand on when facing the wrath of the boot. Darrell B. says: September 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM I call bullshit. They were JUST applying sunscreen when the attack began and he had no time to wash his hands off. No way he could’ve maintain and effective grip on the fake leg. Now, write a longer piece about them young, scrong SEAL mens and their tanned, oiled bodies, glistening in the sun. Boom goes the dynamite. No homo. Darrell B. says: September 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM …maintainED AN effective…” Sorry, I was excited. Still, no homo. Josie says: September 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM I call BS on you, since you weren’t there. And NO where in the article did it say, HE had suntan oil on his hands! Freak, get a clue!!! Gomer says: September 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM Figures the faggots would make him sit thru a cultural awareness brief. At least it wasn’t a suicide prevention brief, I know from first hand experience delivering them how bad they are.