Sgt1stClassKennethWWestbrook

The Battle of Ganjgal in
Afghanistan tragically revealed to America how the Obama
Administration's overly strict rules of engagement severely hamperd our
troops in a battle against Taliban insurgents, resulting in the loss of
several troops.

Now, one of the soldiers wounded in that battle,
who later died of those injuries, is being awarded a Silver Star and
credited with saving the lives of Marines when their requests for air
cover were denied Obama's rules of engagement restricted them from
bombing the Taliban positions.



APRIL 19, 2013
by Dan Lamothe, Staff

FORT BENNING, GA – At long last, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook had his day.

The
fallen soldier received the Silver Star here on Friday, more than three
years after he died Oct. 7, 2009, of wounds sustained in eastern
Afghanistan in the Sept. 8, 2009, Battle of Ganjgal. Three Marines and a
Navy corpsman were killed in the six-hour melee, which sparked a national outcry after U.S. forces on the ground were denied air and artillery support.

"Without
cover or concealment, he initiated a series of daring bounds to
establish support-by-fire positions in an attempt to break contact with
the enemy," his Silver Star citation states. "He intentionally exposed
himself to direct enemy fire in order to direct and bring supporting
fire back upon the enemy, and he marked enemy positions with tracer
fire, enabling the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Border Police to
eliminate several enemy positions."

Westbrook was wounded in
the right cheek and neck during the battle, but continued to fight until
blood loss prevented him from continuing
[he later died from those wounds].
His actions "helped prevent the complete envelopment of the coalition
forces and the saved the lives of his fellow soldiers, Marines and
Afghan counterparts," according to his citation.

The battle
resulted in a Medal of Honor for Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer in 2011, and
numerous Bronze Stars with "V" devices for other service members who
fought that day. However, Westbrook and his commanding officer in the
battle, former Army Capt. Will Swenson, were not recognized. Swenson
still hasn't been; an Army official confirmed he was recommended for the Medal of Honor, but his nomination is said to be stalled at the White House.

Killed
in the battle that day were four members of Marine Embedded Training
Team 2-8, out of Okinawa, Japan: 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Gunnery Sgt.
Edwin Johnson, Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
James Layton. At least eight Afghan troops and an interpreter also were
killed.

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