Monday, February 8, 2010

The Good German

(picture courtesy of blackfive blog)
As an American of German heritage, I'm always happy to read something uplifting coming out of the old country.

Spc  Jeffrey Jamaleldine , a native of West Berlin, grew up dreaming of becoming a soccer star.  After serving in the German military, he came to the U.S. to attend college on a soccer scholarship.  After completing his degree, he became a U.S. citizen and worked for awhile before obtaining a masters degree.  After the 9/11 terrorist attacks and then further attacks in London and Spain, Spc Jamaleldine wanted to do his part and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He was shipped out to combat in Ramadi where he was called to support a platoon that was under fire:  
" They said they were almost black on ammo. We decided to take a truck and roll out there to see what he was talking about and, yeah, there was close to 80 people shooting at us ... we were outnumbered," he said trailing off.

"I was shooting from the M240 Bravo. It was controlled chaos. There were no friendly fire incidents ... we really had it under control. Then I looked left and I see (him) ... coming towards me," He refers to the enemy combatant approaching, strapped with an explosive vest, ready to kill..."I couldn't tilt my M240 down far enough to engage. So I took the 240 out of the mount and leaned myself over ... if I didn't do what I did, our vehicle would've exploded. But by then my head was outside of the armor, so I took a bullet to the face," he said, pointing to the now faint scar on his left cheek. The bullet ripped through his skin, disconnecting the bone structure of his jaw, and finally exiting from his temple.

After several acts of heroism by Soldiers at the battle site, a fight known today as the Battle of Donkey Island, Jamaleldine, who was in and out of consciousness, was successfully transported to a medic tent in Balad where he underwent his first, of many, surgeries.  (

Jamaleldine  is recuperating and anxious to get back to officer candidate school to continue his service in the Army.  He sees a need to give back in life and, as he puts it: "I want to do my part...Actions really do speak louder than words."  Alles Gute! to this brave soldier and Godspeed to him and his buddies.

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
Take a moment and visit the MOSJ website.