American Hostage Kidnapped in Niger Rescued by U.S. Special Forces – “All But One” Kidnapper Killed…

Five days ago an American was kidnapped in Niger and taken to the neighboring country of Nigeria. Today U.S. special forces carried out a daring operation and successfully rescued him. Philip Walton, 27, was recovered by SEAL Team Six.

According to the Pentagon, the mission was undertaken by the elite commandos as part of a rescue operation before his abductors could get far after taking him captive in Niger on Oct. 26.

(Pentagon) Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs:

“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation.

We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.

The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world.” (link)


We killed “all but one“…  We can only imagine what keeping that one alive was for.

According to ABC News: “[…] Then the elite SEAL Team Six carried out a “precision” hostage rescue mission and killed all but one of the seven captors, according to officials with direct knowledge about the operation.”

“They were all dead before they knew what happened,” another counterterrorism source with knowledge told ABC News.”

White House – Statement From the President On Last Night’s Hostage Rescue

Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery.

No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his family.

Securing the freedom of Americans held in captivity abroad has been a top national security priority of my Administration. Since the beginning of my Administration, we have rescued over 55 hostages and detainees in more than 24 countries. Today’s operation should serve as a stark warning to terrorists and criminal thugs who mistakenly believe they can kidnap Americans with impunity.

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245 Responses to American Hostage Kidnapped in Niger Rescued by U.S. Special Forces – “All But One” Kidnapper Killed…

  1. gildie says:

    Right now the word is traveling fast thru the terror networks,
    “Grab the Brits, leave the Americans”.

    Liked by 37 people

    • clipe says:

      “Grab the Brits, leave the Americans”

      The “Brits” wrote the book on rescue operations.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kroesus says:

        Actually, the Israelis did. Ask Netanyahu who lost his older brother at Entebbe. They also learned from the failed GERMAN rescue attempt where all the Black September terrorists were killed along with the Israeli Olympic athletes. They taught Arabs a thing or two about retribution after that one.

        Liked by 22 people

        • dcnnc says:

          Just about all special forces commando training in western countries, including SEAL teams and DELTA was derived from British SAS training. That includes hostage rescue.

          Liked by 4 people

          • dcnnc says:

            SAS was around before there was even such a thing as an “Israeli”.

            Liked by 2 people

            • Jumbo says:

              Israel has been around for over 3500 years, where was Britain back then?

              Liked by 2 people

              • JaimeInTexas says:

                Israel ceased robustness a country circa 70AD. Diaspora?
                After WW2 Jews began to flee into the area known at the time as the British Mandate For Palestine and, skipping some history, from circa 70AD through 1948 there was no Israel.


            • prtomr says:

              dcnnc, with all due respect to the SAS, the Israelis just swiped nuclear data from the Iranians right out from under their noses. Iranian never knew they were there.


            • ATheoK says:

              Perhaps correct, but the British learned hard lessons during WWII and took those lessons to heart.
              American Airborne, Commandos and Rangers learned from the British Commandos.

              The last couple of decades it seems the British government is more into appeasement rather than corrective responses. Especially at home.
              Nor are the British military finding well trained natural marksman in their recruits.

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              • rah says:

                The most elite of the WW II US Army units was the joint US-Canadian First Special Service Force, better known as “The Devils Brigade”. It is in the linage of the modern US Army Special Forces.

                And yes, the SAS set the standards and methods by which the modern US Special Forces were initially trained and for assessment of individuals for such service.

                The SEALS on the other hand take their linage from the UDT teams initially set up for beach and landing recon/assessment/obstacle and mine clearing, after the hard lessons the Marines learned assaulting the beaches of Betio island at Tarawa atoll.

                Nowdays with with all of the elite units coming under the Joint Special Operations Command there is much more sharing of operational methods/techniques and in some types of training, between the various branches of service for the US special operations units.

                As for the FFLSO? I never had direct contact with them in my decade as an SF soldier but I did train Lebanese troops that had received training from them. I was not impressed. That, however does not mean that as a unit the FFLSO is substandard and in fact, based on what I have heard, they are quite good at direct action type missions.

                How could they not be with a heritage like this:

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              • Larry says:

                Actually, Britain in WWII learned from the Canadian and American experience in WWI. I’m talking about the American volunteers who joined the Canadian army.

                The Germans did not want to go against the Canadians. General Currie et al taught Germany, France & Britain how to bring the fight… indirect fire, trench raids, armed reconnaissance.

                The Brits are all about self promotion… talk about Monty. If Gott wasn’t killed on his way to the 8th army, Monty would never had the opportunity to become promoted as a British hero. That hero would have been Gott. American logistics gave the British the chance to win in the desert.


          • PAST glory days of Britain. Unless the people step up you’ll only be learning attack tactics of islam in GB.

            Liked by 8 people

          • dilonsfo says:

            You are 100% correct. When training for Spec Ops in the US Military, SAS is given full credit for their training, selection, mission preparation and history of the small team insertion methods they first designed and carried out.


        • Eagle Driver says:

          I was stationed in Germany at that time and there were NO two ways to look at the situation. Went on High Alert and then was on Mobile Security Team ANYWHERE IN EUROPE…Bader-Meinhoff, Black September and PLO came on the scene at that time…ONE hell of a mess…
          Reason why I went into Reserves and put on Combat Rescue.

          Liked by 17 people

      • Robert Smith says:

        All due credit, but I am sure the practice and operational temp of US forces has honed the craft some.

        Liked by 12 people

      • swamph8er says:

        Currently…no other country is even close to the capabilities of the US military in ANY battlespace.

        Better funding, equipment, personnel, training, and we’ve been at war for 19 years.

        Napoleon used to be the shizzle.

        Liked by 6 people

      • Jeremy Clarkson’s Greatest Raid of all is a must see. St Nazaire, 1942. His documentary about the Battle of Arnhem, part of a series about Victoria Cross is also worth watching.

        And by the way, about 10 of my late mother’s family members were killed during WWII when Allied aircraft bombed Enschede, a Dutch border town in the east of Holland by accident. I would still like to know who were responsible, the Brits or the Americans…

        Liked by 1 person

    • inspectorudy says:

      The SOS of GB was the grandfather of elite service branches around the world. Any would-be kidnapper would be wise to choose Canada or France over the US or GB.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Rhoda R says:

        I’m surprised that the French haven’t been targeted more often. They seem to have changed their attitude toward islam and terrorism lately.


        • nessimmersion says:

          The French have the Legion, who have a special forces detachment as well.
          Now they really are hard men.

          Liked by 4 people

          • ATheoK says:

            The French have special laws and courts regarding terrorism and terrorists.
            As nessimmersion points out, the Legion’s Special Forces are well trained hard men, very hard men and they leave few terrorist survivors.
            Those terrorists that do survive are often condemned to death anyway by the courts.

            Canada may seem tender and humane on the front. If the Canadians send their well trained special forces after someone, they’re not known for soft responses and mercy either.

            Prior to President Trump, Americans were the choicest targets. Even if they only got the American’s possessions it was still rich pickings for poor terrorists.
            President Trump changed that.

            96 hours! Seal team 6, received that mission, planned and executed it with full support by the President within 96 hours, four days.
            One survivor destined for GITMO or worse. That whole affair sends a stark message to wannabe kidnappers and terrorists.

            Liked by 5 people

  2. Guessed says:

    Gotta leave one to tell the tale.

    Liked by 16 people

  3. RedBallExpress says:

    Six of them were lucky.

    Liked by 17 people

  4. wyoskeptic says:

    This shows how it should be done. Get in, git ‘er done, get out. Don’t wait months and plead for a return, don’t go around flashing hashtags on twitter. Just say to the professionals “Git ‘er done, now.”

    And SEAL Team Six, you just don’t get much more pro than that!

    Liked by 50 people

  5. Orygun says:

    Makes you wonder if there is 55 hostages during the Trump presidency how many during other administrations did they just let rot.

    Liked by 30 people

  6. adam says:

    Something about this story smells funny. Who was that guy and why did they want him? That rescue sure came fast.
    It seems to be a happy ending and no doubt I wouldn’t want a team of SEALs hunting me …

    Liked by 3 people

    • litenmaus says:

      Adam, In 2019 Niger signed onto China’s One Belt, One Road initiative . China promised to help build a 1300 mile long Oil pipeline and promised riches to the Niger people. As with any country that signs onto the One Belt/One Road, China becomes a usurping power and the people of the country become disenfranchised which leads to higher crime rates.

      At this point in time I haven’t got many doubts that this kidnapping was a result of that Chinese disenfranchisement.

      Liked by 23 people

    • Janie M. says:

      adam, he probably owned a considerable amount of acreage for farming, etc., so by Nigerian standards, he was wealthy and they’d get a large ransom. Uhhh, didn’t go as they had planned – too bad, so sad. 👍🙂

      Liked by 7 people

    • SoCalGrinch says:

      He was probably sitting in the can during the operation. The Seals grabbed the hostage and left.

      Liked by 3 people

    • freepetta says:

      You’d consider yourself lucky if they came to rescue you Adam.

      Liked by 3 people

    • joebkonobi says:

      They wanted him because he was an American. If USA would not have acted fast, he would have been sold to Al Quaida or ISIS. Celebrate, no ransom, got our guy back, best military in the world, no casualties. President Trump continues to to showcase his foreign policy skills. Brilliant!

      Liked by 3 people

      • This post by SD is the first I’ve heard of it. Is the former hostage CIA?


      • navysquid says:

        Joe B…in this region is Boko Haram who has sworn loyalty to AQ. I spent some time in Nigeria…

        This country is on track to be one of the top 3 or 4 most populous in the world in a couple of decades. Many in America don’t realize that some of their cities are twice the size of both LA and NYC combined. Nigeria is a country battling Christian v Islam like many African countries.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. JimS says:

    Not a single politician alive could have set aside any concerned for his election to save this man. Only a statesman ,hero ,and a courageous leader named Trump could have ordered this atack

    Liked by 43 people

  8. You Have to Leave one alive to 1) Tell the tale and 2) Clean up the bodies… You don’t think we were gonna do it do ya? Heh.


    Liked by 17 people

  9. sturmudgeon says:

    “if there are”… very good question!


  10. “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

    Liked by 54 people

    • Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

      And their Commander in Chief does not play games.

      Liked by 28 people

    • DeWalt says:

      Do the domestic enemies in this country know how many retired SpecOps soldiers and many other combat specialists there are feeling the same anger we are? The Leftists Communist have no idea what real violence is and how suddenly it’s over.

      Liked by 24 people

    • preptodef says:

      One of the most timely quotes ever.

      Liked by 2 people

    • After 9/11 on conservative radio, I don’t remember which one but still during W’s term, an intelligence guy came on board and said that they intercepted HUNDREDS of attempts …and we never know it.


      • Robert Smith says:

        I would still like to hear about some of these because all I can see these days is the IC tools and apparatus focused inwards.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Rhoda R says:

          And given the FBI track record, I wonder how many of the attempts were initiated by undercover FBI agents just so that they could get credit for foiling a terrorist plot. The IC community was incompetent enough even when given a heads up by the Russians over the Boston bombing perps.

          Liked by 6 people

    • regitiger says:

      and we also get up before dawn…and pray

      we pray that our warriors and better angels are successful… safe…and destroy the enemy.

      we pray these things because we believe our nation


      we humble ourselves and acknowledge that God will provide the correct and righteous actions…

      we also ask for grace…forgiveness

      we do not desire violence.

      but we are initiated in the fight.

      when these men who have the superior devotion to duty…when they pass away…they will have EARNED the honor to be buried at Arlington…with full honors.

      not rgb…not pelosi…not biden… not obummer

      those people sully arlington.

      they should be given the respect they deserve… earned.

      dumped at sea…no honors…no markers.

      heroes exist.

      we should never allow these phoney corrupt cowards any honors..

      God Bless AMERICA

      Liked by 7 people

      • powderdayrules says:

        regitiger, I could not agree with you more! My family is travelling to Arlington later this month to bury my father in law. He was a Marine 1st Lt. Combat Engineer whose first action was the assault on Iwo Jima. His good friend, my father, cannot make the trip due to his age but will watch the service on livestream.

        They actually fought “together” as my dad served as CPO (bridge crew) on a light cruiser that escorted a close shore bombardment fast battleship squadron. He told me the Navy used light cruisers for this work rather than destroyers, as the destroyers couldn’t match the battleships top speed in the heavy seas they had to deal with.

        These men, raised during the depression, enlisted at age seventeen for the last war that was actually declared. My mom at age 15 drove a bakery truck as part of the war effort. They truly ARE the Greatest Generation! We cannot waste their efforts by letting the left take over our country. If they steal the election I’m declaring open season on them, as they already have on us. By any means necessary, right Nancy? A Declaration of Independence from the enemy within our government, is both righteous and necessary.


        • regitiger says:

          your a national treasure…a gift.

          i will NEVER allow corruptors to ride free on the very freedom these men and women fought and died to protect and preserve.

          allowing these free riders…anarchists..cowards..and criminals anything less than true justice IS declaring these brave souls sacrificed in vain.

          i will not allow that.

          promises made
          promises kept

          the reckoning will be swift and of a time that will never be known.

          but it will happen.

          and there will be true justice.

          when i go to arlington…and graves across the heart is full…and also disturbed.

          these is a action necessary.

          righteous wars have that effect…the duty….the devotion is about something more than life…its about honor…and oath…to fight for those who cannot defend against tyranny.

          and yes…we have tyranny to deal with.

          so we take up this old but new battle…again.

          we do this for the very same reasons that all american patriots have done so.

          we can never allow evil to ride free.


          no compromises..

          we have declared war.

          main battles loom.

          my heart is full

          stay frosty.

          do all the right things.

          it will go sideways soon.

          we do these things because we love and obey god.


  11. Santiago 1314 says:

    Semper DEAD.!!! … F ya 6 ft under.!!!,,,, usa…USA…. USA.!!!! … Hope they Feed the “Last One” to the Fishes, like Osama bama..!!!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      I still have severe skepticism over the O’sama’s demise story.

      Liked by 3 people

      • regitiger says:

        experience and critical rational thinking is definitely important.

        yes… he’s dead…but it’s unlikely the rapid timeline narrative.

        know why it would be important to announce his death quickly … understand that…then you realize what other missions were successful.


  12. comgri says:

    Wow and we didnt have to send pallets of cash or trade 5 terrorists for one traitor

    Liked by 26 people

  13. Hopper Creek says:

    Bury them in pig skins in the middle of the Sahara

    Liked by 5 people

    • lumoc1 says:

      “Bury them in pig skins in the middle of the Sahara” NO!
      Send their bodies wrapped in pig skins and large dollar bills to their home village. Think of the hardship their relatives will experience having to clean their bodies for burrial and then also burning all those dollars bills. 😎

      Liked by 5 people

    • Bert Darrell says:

      Why waste valuable pig skin that could be used to make great gloves. There are plenty of vultures spread around the world eager to clean up road kill and other meaty garbage. The don’t care if it’s coming from a dead terrorist.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. plane of the ecliptic says:

    My Dad was Navy, and we are very proud of our US Navy….however I still have a problem with broadcasting who completes these missions. It is nobody’s business. We should say “Carried out by US Military Units” What happen to covert? There was a time when nobody heard of Seal Team Six. That is the way it should be. JMHO

    Liked by 26 people

  15. Hopper Creek says:

    22 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 dead shortly after their unit killed Osama bin Laden
    “Who put them in an old slow-flying helicopter in a combat zone?”
    “Why didn’t they break them up into fast-strike helicopters?”
    “Who made this decision in the Defense Department?
    “Who in the Obama administration?”
    How could we lose more men in one mission than in the entire history of the Navy SEALS, and no one has been held accountable for it…IMHO, Hillary ,Obama., and Biden

    Liked by 42 people

  16. Hopper Creek says:

    22 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 dead shortly after their unit killed Osama bin laden ?
    “Who put them in an old slow-flying helicopter in a combat zone?”
    “Why didn’t they break them up into fast-strike helicopters?”
    “Who made this decision in the Defense Department?
    “Who in the Obama administration?”
    How could we lose more men in one mission than in the entire history of the Navy SEALS, and no one has been held accountable for it…IMHO, Hillary ,Obama., and Biden

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    “Why couldn’t they just shoot them in the legs!!!?” – – Joe Biden

    Liked by 11 people

  18. Hopper Creek says:

    oops , sorry i posted twice… bad..


  19. Parker Longbaugh says:

    Amazing love for American lives without a concern of what a failed operation would have done to his re-election. Had this failed and soldiers been killed that would have the only story told by the media.
    America first, not party or personal gain.

    Liked by 15 people

  20. scrap1ron says:

    You mean those selfies Michelle Obama sent holding a plaque asking the terrorists to release their hostages wasn’t working?

    Liked by 10 people

  21. freepetta says:

    Let’s remember under the Obozo bogus administration seal team 6 was blown out of the sky by none other then Obozo to keep his disgraceful disgusting secret deals with Iran!

    Liked by 12 people

    • billinlv says:

      Let us also remember the events at Benghazi. The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and the “President” of the United States, Barack Obama, could not be bothered to take the time needed to order the US military that was on alert in Italy to rescue US citizens who were under attack in Benghazi, Libya. Obama and Clinton smoked dope and drank booze and chalked up the dead bodies of Americans as “who gives a shit, we sure don’t”.
      There are no words to account for this kind of malice and indifference.

      Liked by 4 people

  22. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 18 people

  23. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 16 people

  24. Leon Brozyna says:

    The man gets 4 nominations for Nobel Peace Prize 2021 and still manages to act with resolve when such action is called for; this would not happen under a Biden, I mean Harris administration … there would never be any action for fear of offending somebody.

    Tuesday, vote as if someone’s life depends on it !!

    Liked by 12 people

  25. majorriddle says:

    it was a mostly peaceful operation.

    Liked by 17 people

  26. Have Gun Will Travel says:

    Well done – Hooah!
    Jobiden would have been wringing his hands over what to do and would probably have said no to the mission like he did with the bin laden raid.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Sentient says:

    For those who haven’t seen this already… (don’t know where or when this was)

    Liked by 6 people

  28. Tom H says:

    Biden would have sent Jimmy Carter or Jesse Jackson to “negotiate”, i.e. pay ransom.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Redhotrugmama says:

    Job well done. But…..there is technically no team named “SEAL Team 6”

    Liked by 1 person

  30. MicD says:

    If it’s worth your time reading you’ll find it right cheer.
    Thank You SD – Do Not Pause

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Bill Schuetter says:

    Should have left Pelosi in his place.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. TwoLaine says:

    Peace Through Strength.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Mark Davidson says:

    Kerry and Obama would have apologized to the kidnappers.

    Liked by 2 people

  34. outhousecounsel says:

    I am conflicted as a taxpayer looking at the millions of dollars of pocket bleed, but even moreso as a parent of sons who could have been on this mission. Yes I’m busting with pride for our guys BUT why are we risking their lives to be police in a country with whom we are not at war in order to rescue (what appears to be, please correct me if I’m wrong) a 27-year-old globally-inclined software entrepreneur who made the voluntary choice to live with his wife and kid in this shithole for his own financial benefit.


    • Because he is an American.
      That’s the way we roll.
      Not one left behind.

      Liked by 9 people

      • outhousecounsel says:

        He wasn’t passing through temporarily on business or pleasure, or because he had to be there for some military or other government job. He literally was living there, ex-pat, when he didn’t have to be. This isn’t one of those “rescues” where he comes “home” to the U.S. to his fretting relatives. Apparently he is still living in Niger?

        My sons’ lives are not for this.


        • Sleep tight, then.
          Somebody else will take care of it.
          Good luck.

          Liked by 2 people

          • outhousecounsel says:

            Good luck? Sleep tight? Somebody else? This is coming across snotty to me. My sons are special forces. I’m pretty sure that they did not sign up to get maimed or die so that globalist wannabes who don’t want to live and work in the U.S. can make themselves rich doing deals with Niger… and China?


            • Then that is their call, not yours, right?
              NOBODY signs up to die.

              Thank them for their service for me.

              Liked by 3 people

            • Rhoda R says:

              Outhouse: Have you actually talked to THEM about how they feel about things like this?


            • Robert Smith says:

              It is because if not, then Americans overseas will be targets everywhere – whether they live there or not.

              I am sure the Special Forces have their opinions on things, but the also know what they’re signed up for. And I am sure everyone here thanks them for that.

              Liked by 4 people

              • outhousecounsel says:

                That’s a good point. I should have thought of it. Emotional thinking is bad. I don’t usually.

                Liked by 1 person

                • Robert Smith says:

                  You obviously raised great kids. I don’t have any connection to the military, now or in the past because of the are that I live.

                  I live a life of no particular importance and I don’t have a family of my own. I have always avoided situations that cause conflict so when I moved and grew up with a groups of Italian families that took me in I really appreciated that. They never had to go kick some @ss to protect me, but they would have no questions asked. On the other hand, I don’t want people to go out of their way for me – least of all risk their lives for me. I don’t think I would make the decisions to risk people to save me in a similar situation.

                  And in a similar fashion, the American people have been disposable for American presidents and the DC political class for generations. But WE are important to Trump. WE are important to people like your sons. And it makes me emotional to know that people will risk everything for their duty to their fellow American. So I thank Trump and your sons for their loyalty to duty and country. People should rest assured that under Trump that they matter and someone is looking for them.

                  Liked by 2 people

      • sheesh.
        I fly a POW/MIA flag below my US Flag.
        Not right now though.
        A TRUMP2020 waves proudly.

        Liked by 7 people

    • doyouseemyvision says:

      Sending a WW message: “Don’t fcuk with us.”


    • Elle says:

      I don’t see it as policing. Policing implies we set up rules and enforce them. The message isent was we don’t need no stink’n badges, or even permission.

      I like the message.

      Liked by 5 people

    • GB Bari says:

      This was not a police action. Not even close.

      This was a singular rescue mission for an American citizen who was kidnapped and was made a hostage for ransom. President Trump has zero tolerance for that activity regardless of where the American citizen is living at the time.

      PDJT is the President of and determined to protect – all Americans.

      Liked by 5 people

      • outhousecounsel says:

        Was he kidnapped by garden variety “criminal thugs” (police action) or by hostile enemy forces or a known terrorist group that we are fighting (military action.)

        Will he be returning to America, or going back to live on his farm in Niger?


        • GB Bari says:

          ?? Who cares?
          President Trump doesn’t play that loser’s game of “matching the forces”. If it had been 15 year olds he would have still sent in our best & most elite to overwhelm the criminals and rescue the American citizen.

          Liked by 1 person

        • hoosiertruthfan says:

          I suspect that is why all but one was killed. I also suspect the remaining one is singing like a canary and exposing any info that will point if this is a greater scheme than a generic ransom/cash deal. The ROE our president sets forth allows them to get the intel, save and protect American lives then get the hell out.


  35. JasonF says:

    A quote from Ronald Reagan (1983) is below.

    [There] was an America that … not too long ago knew that an American in some distant corner of the world could be caught up in revolution or conflict or war of some kind, and all he had to do was pin a little American flag to his lapel, and he could walk through that war and no one would lay a finger on him because they knew this country stood by its people wherever they might be. We’re going to have that kind of America again.

    Liked by 10 people

  36. T2020 says:

    Thank God for our POTUS and military!!

    Liked by 6 people

  37. Hopper Creek says:

    Aug 05, 2015 · The Obama administration is violating a judge’s order to turn over documents in the Aug. 6, 2011, shootdown

    Liked by 1 person

    • hoosiertruthfan says:

      I despised Obama during his administrations. I didn’t realize it would be possible for that to get even more intense. What a stain on our great country.
      I pray that PDJT gets to the bottom of this in his next term.


  38. Eric says:

    Mmm… Just to be clear, the Navy SEALS did it, not “The Special Forces.” SF wears those Green Berets. A more correct phrase would be “Special Operations Forces.” That term covers a multitude of organizations such as SF and the SEALS.

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  39. Northwoodswatcher says:

    When you’re talking about military rescue missions, don’t forget the granddaddy of ’em all, The Great Raid.

    World War II’s Great Raid on Cabanatuan was the largest and most successful POW rescue mission in U.S. military history.

    The history of the Great Raid and the infamous Bataan Death March are inextricably intertwined.

    The story is related in the book “The Great Raid on Cabanatuan” (1994) by William B. Breuer.

    This book covers a lot of the same ground as the book “Ghost Soldiers” (2002) by Hampton Sides.

    The 2005 movie “The Great Raid” tells of this daring mission far behind enemy lines.

    The commander who led The Great Raid — Lt. Col. Henry A. Mucci, leader of a Ranger battalion — hailed from my birthplace, Bridgeport, Conn.

    The Great Raid kicked off the morning of January 28, 1945. A small detachment of Rangers and Alamo Scouts embarked from their base, their objective being to penetrate 30 miles into Japanese-held territory to liberate 522 prisoners from Cabanatuan — where thousands of American prisoners had been brutally tortured and killed.

    The Dyess report was the genesis of The Great Raid.

    William Edwin “Ed” Dyess of Albany, Texas, had escaped from a Japanese prison camp on Mindanao, in the Philippines.

    The report he made after making it back to American lines led directly to the Great Raid on Cabanatuan prison camp to rescue the survivors of Bataan and Corregidor.

    Dyess had survived the Death March.

    As recounted in Breuer’s book, Dyess brought back tales of atrocities to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who later authorized The Great Raid.

    Dyess was then a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

    After a year as a POW, Dyess and nine others escaped. They spent three months on the run in the Philippines before being evacuated by U.S. Navy submarine to Australia.

    In July 1943, a month after reaching Australia and meeting Gen. MacArthur, Dyess returned to the States, where he wrote a detailed account of the Bataan Death March, describing the brutalities inflicted upon American and Filipino POWs at the O’Donnell, Cabanatuan, and Davao hellholes.

    Dyess’s straightforward story avoided sensationalism. It stuck to what he had actually witnessed himself or episodes told to him firsthand by those involved. Under wartime security, Dyess’s report had to be submitted to the War Department.

    Secretary of War Henry Stimson, aware that he had hold of a political hot potato, rushed the account to FDR.

    FDR in turn convened a conference of top military and government leaders to discuss the explosive situation created by Dyess’s blockbuster revelations about Death March horrors.

    Would release of Dyess’s account trigger such an avalanche of outrage from the nations of the world that the Japanese would be forced to improve the treatment of POWs?

    Or would release result in the Japanese adopting an even harsher line, including refusing to accept Red Cross packages for the American and Filipino prisoners?

    FDR also worried that after millions of Americans on the homefront learned of the atrocities, they would demand that Allied strategy of first bringing Adolf Hitler to heel be scrapped, and an all-out assault on anything Japanese be substituted.

    So FDR suppressed the Dyess report.

    Acting on FDR’s orders, the War Department rushed a directive to U.S. theater commanders to strictly abide by the decision to keep the Dyess account under cover.

    MacArthur, livid over Japanese atrocities, fired back to Washington a signal that fell just short of insubordination, pointing out that the Australian government was conducting an investigation of the atrocities and that its results would be released to the world.

    In early October 1943, the Washington Times Herald dropped a bombshell. Spread across its front page was a brief, reasonably accurate, though quite sketchy, account of the atrocities.

    Meantime, Dyess, who had been promoted to lieutenant colonel, begged Gen. Hap Arnold, the air corps chief, to be permitted to go back to the Pacific as a combat pilot. Fearful of Dyess’s fate should he again be captured by the Japanese, Arnold turned thumbs down. But the general assigned Dyess to form his own P-38 squadron which, conceivably, would be unleashed one day against the Nazis in Europe.

    Meantime, Dyess had been put in a deep freeze, presumably to isolate him from journalists. Only his immediate family in Texas and a few friends knew that he was stationed at March Field in California.

    One of those in the know was Dyess’s fellow escapee, Captain Samuel Grashio, who also had been promoted. Like Dyess, Grashio had longed to live to see the day that he could tell the world of Japanese atrocities. As soon as he had arrived in Hamilton Field, California, on his return from Australia, Grashio was hustled before authorities and reminded repeatedly that he was not to discuss his life in prison camps with anyone. He had been effectively gagged.

    It was MacArthur, who, ignoring FDR’s gag order, in August 1943 took matters into his own hands. MacArthur warned his opposite number, Japanese Field Marshall Hisaichi Terauchi, that he would be held responsible if he and his officers failed to treat Allied prisoners humanely.

    Shortly thereafter, the chief of the Japanese Prisoner of War Bureau sent a message to commandants of all Japanese POW camps, urging them to exercise care “to avoid issuing twisted reports of our fair attitude [toward prisoners] which might give the Americans food for evil propaganda.”

    Back in the USA, pressure mounted on FDR to release the truth.

    Six months after he’d been apprised of the Dyess report, FDR finally relented.

    On January 28, 1944, The New York Times blared these headlines: 5,200 AMERICANS, MANY MORE FILIPINOS DIE OF STARVATION, TORTURE AFTER BATAAN.

    The story ran nationwide — the Chicago Tribune published its account in serial form for several weeks; it was picked up by more than 100 newspapers.

    The Dyess report had became the biggest news story since Pearl Harbor.

    Dyess didn’t live to see it. Back on December 21, 1943, he had been on a training flight from March Field near Burbank when his P-38 developed engine trouble. His plane struck a church steeple and crashed.

    Dyess was killed. He was 26.

    His account of the Bataan Death March was published in 1944 as “The Dyess Story.”

    Later retitled “Bataan Death March,” it became a bestseller.

    Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, is named for World War II hero.

    In August 2015, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Dyess.

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    • Thanks for sharing, northwoods.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Elle says:

      wow. Never heard that story. I choose to think he was given additional time on earth for the purpose of telling this story and to facilitate the rescue of so many others. A steeple? Maybe letting us know he was on the fast track to hear the words we all hope to hear: Well done good and faithful servant. I choose to believe that.

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    • spoogels says:

      That medal was LONG overdue imo
      Sometimes I think FDR was not a nice person

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    • spoogels says:

      Thanks for sharing

      There were many atrocities perpetrated by the Japs-on Americans, British and Australians

      Bangka Island: The WW2 massacre and a ‘truth too awful to speak’

      In 1942, a group of Australian nurses were murdered by Japanese soldiers in what came to be known as the Bangka Island massacre. Now, a historian has collated evidence indicating they were sexually assaulted beforehand – and that Australian authorities allegedly hushed it up.

      Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole female survivor of the Bangka Island massacre

      The Japanese soldiers had separated men and women on Bangka Island before shooting both groups out of sight of the other.

      Nurse Vivian Bullwinkel was shot in the massacre but survived by playing dead. She hid in the jungle and was taken as a prisoner of war, before eventually returning to Australia. Of the small group of men who were massacred, two are known to have survived: Ernest Lloyd and Eric Germann.

      Ms Bullwinkel was “gagged” from speaking about the rapes at the Tokyo war crimes tribunal in the aftermath of World War Two, according to Ms Silver, who researched an account Ms Bullwinkel gave to a broadcaster before she died in 2000.

      More at the link


      • powderdayrules says:

        Don’t forget what they did in Nankin, China (the rape of Nankin).


      • regituger says:

        indeed…the cruel inhumane acts of the japanese were well known.

        i never truly understood the depths of resentment and hatred until i was chosen as a presidential joint force cordon during a three day 50th memorial event on oahu put together by president bush. he was attempting to create a healing remembrance. invited were thousands…americans AND japanese. my role was to provide close security for senator daniel inouye…a japanese american combat decorated soldier of exemplary ns
        it did not play out very well.

        americans hated that the japanese were present.

        and sadly…senator inouye was most visibly bothered that pres bush had invited them.
        think about that. i did.

        50 years..the wounds were still bloody.

        it was then i first understood what horrors the japanese treated pows..civilians.

        those crimes time could not correct.

        there is a reason to this very day that koreans and chinese HATE japan.

        much of history has focused on the nazis…holocaust.

        on the other side of the planet…japan …

        yes…it is understandable why many americans…koreans..phillipinis..chinese…aussies..canadians..brits..french…hold very hard hate towards japan.


  40. Junior Samples says:

    “to rescue their fellow American”. This is where my heart lies. Thank God for the men and women who breath this concept. I’m betting that includes you.

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  41. Legacy Driver says:



  42. fred5678 says:

    Kudos to a POTUS that pulled the trigger just hours before election day. Imagine if this backfired, as Carter’s Desert One.

    It took ballz.

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  43. Christine says:

    I read about this kidnapping yesterday and prayed for him. Wow! Must have been so many prayers for him. Thank the Lord he is now safe.


  44. SW Richmond says:

    that man needs to insert a magazine in his rifle


  45. SW Richmond says:

    if that man wants to shoot bad guys he will need first to put a magazine in his rifle

    Liked by 1 person

  46. DeWalt says:

    And a friendly reminder kids.


  47. Kristin DeBacco says:

    A heartfelt “Thank You” to our Seal Team. With gratitude we think of you often, patriots in spe, risking your life for our compatriots.
    Always at the ready.
    Thank you to your families who live the life of missing you, always hoping for a safe return.
    Thank you to our great commander in chief, President Trump.
    This is one of the reasons we need this man 4 more years.

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  48. 123 456 says:

    Who do we have to thank for all these special forces. The Boer commandos of course.


  49. Ocelot says:

    Americans are incredibly blessed to have highly skilled and courageous military personnel like Seal team 6 that are willing to go into harm’s way to rescue an American citizen.

    I can’t imagine what a betrayal it would be to these dedicated military personnel if the American people vote for Biden who would soon turn the Presidency over to “President Kamala Harris.”


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