Lance Corporal Jeffrey Cole from Woodstock, Ga., saw five of his fellow Marines drop around him from insurgent gunfire. Then he was hit as three rounds blew him five feet back. He was down, but the bullets were stopped by his body armor.
“And Joshua said to them, ‘Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous; for thus the Lord will do to all the enemies against whom you fight.’” —Joshua 10:25
“The enemy was advancing toward us,” Jeffrey recalled. “I took a machine gun and started firing. Then I shot from my hip in a sweeping motion, left to right—150 rounds —and as I did, two rounds went through my arm. It spun me around and threw me into the ditch.”
The enemy was advancing and Jeffrey could hear the calls over the radio, “All channels, anywhere, anything around us that can receive us—we need help now!” He continued to provide suppressive fire on the enemy. Suddenly, the sound of attack helicopters broke through the gunfire. The Marines staggered toward the rescue helicopter in the midst of enemy fire and climbed aboard.
Jeffrey was awarded the Silver Star for valor. He said, “Nothing I did comes close to the Marines I was with. Pinned down in a ditch, wounded, they fought for an hour against an enemy that got within 30 meters. Not once did they waiver. This award isn’t my award. It’s their award and all the guys who we lost who can’t wear it now.”
You may be in the military and know well what Jeffrey has gone through, but regardless of your place in service, you can live a heroic life. You can serve and help others. If a hero is an admired and brave person, then be a hero!
MIGHTY KING, build my character, so I can be admirable. Grow my courage, so I can be brave.