Lt. Ronald Speirs: The Honey Badger of WWII

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NFS4, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. NFS4

    NFS4 No Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    72,641
    Likes Received:
    1
    [​IMG]

    In honor of Veterans Day, I've been watching Band of Brothers all day long (I've probably watched the series 5 or 6 times all the way through by now)

    Anyway, watching episode "The Breaking Point" and I am always in awe of the huge set of brass nuts that Speirs had after relieving Dike.

    http://youtu.be/HS1qfIsINh8

    All in all, Chuck Norris has nothing on Speirs

    http://www.badassoftheweek.com/speirs.html
     
    #1 NFS4, Nov 11, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2012
  2. Baked

    Baked Lifer

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2004
    Messages:
    36,138
    Likes Received:
    2
    I have both BoB and The Pacific on BR. If only I have time to watch them.
     
  3. arrfep

    arrfep Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    2,312
    Likes Received:
    2
    Him jumping through the smoke in that episode is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.
     
  4. Farmer

    Farmer Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2003
    Messages:
    3,329
    Likes Received:
    0
    When you said Lt. Speirs I knew exactly what video you'd post.

    Really amazing.
     
  5. Printer Bandit

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Messages:
    13,667
    Likes Received:
    14
    Speirs, shine on you crazy diamond.
     
  6. Arkaign

    Arkaign Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2006
    Messages:
    19,305
    Likes Received:
    1
    I love that guy!

    My favorite BAMF WW2 guy is Ben Salomon though.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_L._Salomon

    Shame he died, but holy .. what a beast mode he pulled before buying it.

    Salutations!

    Medal of Honor Citation :



    CAPTAIN BEN L. SALOMON
    UNITED STATES ARMY

    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:


    Captain Ben L. Salomon was serving at Saipan, in the Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944, as the Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. The Regiment’s 1st and 2d Battalions were attacked by an overwhelming force estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese soldiers. It was one of the largest attacks attempted in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Although both units fought furiously, the enemy soon penetrated the Battalions’ combined perimeter and inflicted overwhelming casualties. In the first minutes of the attack, approximately 30 wounded soldiers walked, crawled, or were carried into Captain Salomon’s aid station, and the small tent soon filled with wounded men. As the perimeter began to be overrun, it became increasingly difficult for Captain Salomon to work on the wounded. He then saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting one of the wounded soldiers lying near the tent. Firing from a squatting position, Captain Salomon quickly killed the enemy soldier. Then, as he turned his attention back to the wounded, two more Japanese soldiers appeared in the front entrance of the tent. As these enemy soldiers were killed, four more crawled under the tent walls. Rushing them, Captain Salomon kicked the knife out of the hand of one, shot another, and bayoneted a third. Captain Salomon butted the fourth enemy soldier in the stomach and a wounded comrade then shot and killed the enemy soldier. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Captain Salomon ordered the wounded to make their way as best they could back to the regimental aid station, while he attempted to hold off the enemy until they were clear. Captain Salomon then grabbed a rifle from one of the wounded and rushed out of the tent. After four men were killed while manning a machine gun, Captain Salomon took control of it. When his body was later found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front of his position. Captain Salomon’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
     
  7. NFS4

    NFS4 No Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    72,641
    Likes Received:
    1
    Like a boss! :thumbsup:
     
  8. Red Squirrel

    Red Squirrel Lifer

    Joined:
    May 24, 2003
    Messages:
    40,734
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    You know someone's a serious bad ass when he has two grenades strapped to his coat, ready to rock and roll. Out of ammo? Throw grenade. :D
     
  9. MarkXIX

    MarkXIX Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    2,646
    Likes Received:
    1
    Pretty much this.
     
  10. NFS4

    NFS4 No Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    72,641
    Likes Received:
    1
    Or capping a Sgt. between the eyes for being drunk and disobeying a direct order twice during combat :eek::eek:D:

    Honey badger don't care, honey badger don't give a shit!
     
  11. blackdogdeek

    blackdogdeek Lifer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    14,455
    Likes Received:
    7
    lol

    speirs: "that's right! wait here!" <runs off>
     
  12. Ichinisan

    Ichinisan Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2002
    Messages:
    24,430
    Likes Received:
    209
    Honor him.
     
  13. angminas

    angminas Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Messages:
    3,243
    Likes Received:
    13
    When I saw the title, I thought, hmm, why haven't I heard of this badass? Then I thought, Ronald Speirs...sounds kinda famiOH YEAH that guy! Too bad there's no footage of the real run. That would be the most amazing thing ever filmed.
     
  14. Emos

    Emos Golden Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,989
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dude was a surgeon no less!
     
  15. waggy

    waggy No Lifer

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2000
    Messages:
    68,161
    Likes Received:
    7
    wow.

    last year i spent a day reading about people who got the MOH. some of those stories seem fake. but what makes it even more amazing? they are all real.

    just fucking mind blowing. really awe inspiring.

    I have BOB on blu-ray. I have tried to watch the Pacific but just couldn't get into it. maybe i will try again since i have HBO for 3 months and it always seems to be on.
     
  16. clamum

    clamum Lifer

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2003
    Messages:
    24,069
    Likes Received:
    39
    Yeah Speirs is a true badass. I don't know who I admire more, him or Winters. ***, all the guys featured in BoB are truly great.

    I really need to get BoB on blu-Ray (and The Pacific too).
     
  17. yllus

    yllus Lifer<BR>Elite Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2000
    Messages:
    20,126
    Likes Received:
    68
    I know that the writer on badassoftheweek.com is just being over the top for dramatic purposes, but I wish he wouldn't insult Lt. Dike (whom Speirs took over company command from) for getting shell shocked in battle.

    Nobody truly knows how they'll react when bullets are whizzing overhead, and even so-called battle hardened veterans have been known to crack up after months or years of hanging tough. Hell I think Band of Brothers even shows Buck Compton doing exactly that, and he was a man's man.
     
  18. NFS4

    NFS4 No Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    72,641
    Likes Received:
    1
    Well, Dike showed that he was incompetent well before that "shell shocked" incident.

    Lipton: "Lieutenant Dike wasn’t a bad leader because he made bad decisions. He was a bad leader because he made no decisions."
     
  19. Exterous

    Exterous Lifer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Messages:
    15,210
    Likes Received:
    261
    Yeah - until I read about the lives of those that survived. I don't remember specifics from the book I read but it seemed like an awful lot ended up leading depressing lives or getting shot by some bugler.

    Still a big :thumbsup: for what they did
     
  20. MarkXIX

    MarkXIX Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    2,646
    Likes Received:
    1
    The Pacific takes some time to get into. There's a lot more depiction of the "hopelessness" of that theater of conflict.

    Where BoB was about the camraderie derived of the brutality inherent in their situation, The Pacific is more about the emotional toll that war takes on you and the contrasts between home life and life at war. If you go into it understanding that, it's easier to watch.
     
  21. halik

    halik Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2000
    Messages:
    25,712
    Likes Received:
    1
    Wow didn't realize Dick Winters has passed last year. RIP.
     
  22. EagleKeeper

    EagleKeeper Discussion Club Moderator<br>Elite Member
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2000
    Messages:
    42,600
    Likes Received:
    1
    Realize for each story there for a MoH there are 10+ stories just like that happened.

    Some made it out alive, others had a REMF that screwed them on the paperwork.
     
  23. GTaudiophile

    GTaudiophile Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2000
    Messages:
    29,768
    Likes Received:
    0
    Funny, I watch BoB at this time of year too. Love watching it each and every time!
     
  24. NFS4

    NFS4 No Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    72,641
    Likes Received:
    1
    Whenever it's on TV, I'll watch it. I still need to watch The Pacific. We don't have HBO, so I guess I'll have to catch it when I can find a hot deal on the Blu-ray version.

    However, I've heard that it's kinda "meh" and not nearly as good as BoB :colbert:
     
  25. Gibsons

    Gibsons Lifer

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2001
    Messages:
    12,523
    Likes Received:
    10
    It's worth a watch. BoB is definitely better.