Pearl Harbor – 4 Corners for Ships

Conditions:  34F and clear, it was dark too

Commentary:  It’s been a while since YHC had posted for a Curahee beatdown and it had been a while since a Curahaee Ruck-workout had been held.  Seeing that Dec 7th landed on a Curahee day, YHC felt that this may be a good time to get back into the suck of things and also honor the fallen of Pearl Harbor.  ==>  9 Faithful Pax took the DRP and posted – TWO Shovel Flags were planted in the gloom!

Disclaimer:  Not a pro / workout at own risk / modify if necessary / get better

Warm Up

  1. SSH X 15 IC
  2. Monkey Humpers IC X 24 (2,403 men lost in the attack)
  3. HR Merkins IC X 17 (169 aircraft destroyed)
  4. Squats IC X 24
  5. Ruck Curls IC X 17
  6. Ruck Overhead Presses – single count X 24
  7. 6 Burpees (6 Ships sunk)

The Thang: – we set up a four corners format spanning half the field.

4 min sets of 6 AMRAPs dedicated to the ships lost:  (We mostly ended up trying to chase Groundblind around the field…)

  • USS Arizona BB-39 – total loss

Run length of the field and Bear Crawl across the field / 39 Merkins at each corner

  • USS Oklahoma BB-37 – total loss

Run to long cones and Crab walk to short cones / 37 squats

  • USS California BB-44

Run length of the field and Lunge walk across the field / 44 Dips at a bench at each corner

  • USS West Virginia BB-48

Run length of field and Crawl Bears across the field / 48 LBCs at each corner

  • USS Utah BB-31 / AG-16 – total loss

Mosey to corner / 31 Overhead press at each corner

  • USS Oglala CM-4

Mosey to each corner / 40 Ruck Curls at each corner

Almost outa time – but we gotta have some Mary:

MOM

  1. Flutter Kicks X 25 IC
  2. Sit Ups X 37 single count
  3. Pickle Pounders X 20 IC
  4. Leg Lifts X 16 single count

Devo:

Pearl Harbor Facts

  • 180 Japanese aircraft – two waves
  • Attack lasted two hours
  • Tora-Tora-Tora means Tiger-Tiger-Tiger in Japanese
  • USS Arizona – 1,100 killed
  • 2,403 service members lost and 1,178 wounded
  • 6 US ships – sunk
    • USS Arizona – total loss – remains sunken
    • USS Oklahoma – total loss
    • USS California
    • USS West Virginia
    • USS Utah – total loss
    • USS Oglala
  • 169 aircraft destroyed
  • Next day – Japanese attacked Guam and Wake Island and Philippines
  • Yamamoto was killed in 1943 – shot down over Solomon Islands

Announcements

  1. Christmas Gifts for families – most are now taken but Pax are encouraged to team up with whomever has stepped up to help out. Mix-allot and Wall-E are also collecting money for gift cards for food.
  2. Work Day at North Hartsville Planned for Sat Dec 8th – 10 AM
  3. Two Pax heading to Marion tomorrow to Q a workout – anyone is invited to go.

Prayer led by Goldilocks – special intentions for Little Jack’s parents, Last Rites and his father (heart attack), prayers for Dylan Adams as he receives further chemo and prepares for surgery

Green Acres has been reaching out to some Pax who no longer post and is learning that some are suffering or struggling.  He encouraged us all to reach out, listen and support those pax in need.

Pledge of Allegiance

Moleskin

Ruck work outs are tough for YHC, the extra weight provides a new dimension of stress and strain.  Often a number of reps which may sound easy become very difficult when carrying a ruck.  YHC overestimated what we could accomplish in the gloom this morning.

While a 45 min ruck beatdown brings the suck, it doesn’t compare to 2 hrs of dive bombing, torpedoes and gun strafing from Japanese attack plans on surprised men early on weekend morning.   All pax eagerly took on the challenges today as we thought about those lost at Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th, 1941.

Eisenhower stepped up to Q next week.  He seemed encouraged by the Pickle Pounders…

Great work by all.

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Jax 50 Mile Star Course

Once upon a time, four men had a dream of walking 50 miles. Little did they know, their dream would soon become a nightmare. These men went by the names: Skinny Pete, Klinger, Paperboy and Linus (YHC). This is their story.

I received text from Klinger one random day in June “Hey brother, 50-mile Star Course Jacksonville, FL. You in?…. I don’t want any pussies on this trip.” I remember not wanting to ruck 50 miles, but the thought of not being considered a pussy in the eyes of one of F3 Hartsville’s most distinguished, bad-asses outweighed all reservations.

17:00 Friday, November 9th our team, “The Bookbag Bandits,” arrived in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. It was pouring down rain and nervous anticipation was setting in. The two pre-race objectives we had were to find food and buy a street map. We ate at Castillo de Mexico, “high protein and high carbs” we said, “it won’t hurt our stomachs” we said. FL mexican cuisine will not hold a candle to SC mexican cuisine unless you are comparing gas combustibility by farting on said candle. FL would win. After planting seeds of bowel destruction, we began the search for a street map. Four gas stations later, we turned up empty. We found our map at Barnes and Nobles. We all agreed this was the last paper map on the planet.

20:00 we report to GoRuck HQ. The first thing we noticed was there were a lot of people, around 250. Klinger became very excited and drooled at the mouth. The more people the more kills was his thought. Skinny Pete and I started wondering what we got ourselves into. Judging the competition on general physique alone we were in over our heads.

20:30 Cadre Moka Mike gathered the crowd with his booming voice and gave us our “hit list” and explained general rules. Moka Mike then asked one veteran from each branch of the military to come forward, along with first responders and a mother. Klinger represented the army in this ceremony, which YHC thought was an honor. Skinny Pete began to step forward to represent a mother, but Paperboy stopped him. He thought the cadre said mother f@#$er. The cadre play the national anthem and thanked all for their contribution for our country.

After the ceremony, we looked at our hit list. We had 14 waypoints to make, each of which was a park, monument or other notable structure. To prove we made each waypoint we had to post a group selfie on Instagram with a corresponding hashtag. “What’s instagram?” asked Paperboy, “What’s a selfie?” asked Klinger, “What’s a hashtag?” said Pete, “not to worry” said YHC “these things justify the existence of my generation.”  Paperboy and Skinny Pete began plotting out the course with the GPS while Klinger and YHC plotted with the map. After 30 seconds we decided the map was stupid and we were glad no one made them anymore.

2100 the the horn was blown and the clock started. We loaded our rucks and told our feet we were sorry for what was about to happen to them. The course laid out in a loop, so half the teams went south and the other half north. We were on the north route. We began working our way to the first waypoint. 400 yards out of HQ we stumbled upon a group of teams taking a selfie with a statue of a surfer, but this was not waypoint we were looking for. We were looking for the Jax Beach Pier, and this was not Jax Beach Pier. We should not check this waypoint off, yet. It’s 10 feet away and it will be closer on our way back. As you can see, 10 minutes in we were already outsmarting ourselves. Paperboy started as navigator, but quickly passed the duty on to YHC, which was the best move for the group seeing asYHV was the only one with the Navigator Patch.

The first 3 waypoints came easily. All were within a few miles of the start. waypoint 4 was an hour ruck away through some residential areas of Jax beach. Roughly 3 miles from the waypoint we met a group of 20 or 30 ruckers backtracking in our direction. They informed us that there was a gated community ahead and the security guard on duty was not allowing safe passage. The conservative approach was to back track 2 miles and circle around this private community. We overheard another team planning to dead reckon through the woods. This would cut miles off and put us ahead of the other teams. The ringleader of this outfit ended up being a GoRuck Cadre JC who was Klinger’s Cadre for his Heavy and a Recon Marine. Klinger felt confident in this man’s ability so we took the bet.

Another team from Tampa followed, who YHC called the Tampons. We “broke brush” for 200 yards until we were halted by an 8-foot chain link fence. While contemplating our options, we learned one member of JC’s team was the infamous 001; who was the first man to complete GoRuck Selection. He ended up being a halfwit who seemed light in his loafers. He insisted JC call Moka Mike to bring them a ladder. Paperboy decided that Selection must be pretty easy if this man did it and said he was HC for Selection. After Moka Mike side-buttoned 001’s call, we resorted to climbing the fence. Acting as one cohesive unit, we began passing rucks over and giving boost. YHC thought this was very impressive; three teams would work together, even though we were in competition. As that thought crossed my mind, the last of the Tampons was coming over the fence and I turned to see JC and 001 taking off on their own. Karma quickly caught up to them, because they were discovered by the HOA security. The Bookbag Bandits and the Tampons agreed to work together until we got out of this neighborhood.

Tripping over yard gnomes, patio furniture and dog shit, we stayed between the woods and the houses to remain covered (an area about 10 feet in width). This idea worked well until we came upon a house with a well lit back porch. Inside was an old couple watching Jeopardy. Paperboy wanted to ask if he could sit down for a bit and play along. I’m sure they could exchange hip replacement stories. Not able to keep off the street any longer, we decide that running down the sidewalk was our only way out. Paperboy reluctantly followed. We managed to make it to the exit before crossing paths with the rent-a-cop. For a moment we thought he was going to let us pass without comment, but he apparently had something he needed to get off his chest. This large, angry man informed us the definition of private property and the State of Florida’s penalties for trespassing. There were a lot of things we wanted to say, but didn’t because our mothers taught us better.

From the amount of time it took to climb the fence juxtaposed with the 30 minute lecture from the HOA police, we probably gained 100 yards on everyone who went around. The next waypoint we found Moka Mike and other GoRuck staff. They were handing out oranges and bananas like a bunch of soccer moms; however, the gesture was appreciated. I bent over to tie my shoe next to Moka Mike’s minivan and looking me right in the face was Jason McCarthy’s 4-legged friend, Monster. I have never seen a more apathetic animal in my entire life. I guess a bunch of dudes wearing heavy backpacks was getting old to him.

At this point team morale was at an all, time high. We had some bonus calories in our bellies, and being ahead of schedule had lots of things to talk about, such as: selection is a joke, Marine Recon is a joke, HOA rent-a-cops are a joke, Skinny Pete sucks at climbing fences, etc., etc. The miles went by fast and our competition was seen less and less, which can only mean we were moving faster than expected. We reached waypoint 7 around 0300, which was the welcome sign at UNF. We took 5 to rest our feet and backs and replenish electrolytes. Then, out of the darkness came JC and 001 and the Tampons. We learned that JC’s team was caught by the rent-a-cop, but they were given a ride on a golf cart. We offered some food to 001, which he declined. He explained they had a support vehicle on the way with supplies, and he only eats fruit smoothies while rucking. The fact we were ahead of them, even with this unfair advantage, speaks to how hard the Bookbag Bandits really were.

We had to backtrack 6 miles in order to reach the next waypoint, which really flattened our spirits and killed morale. Klinger and Paperboy began discussing Revelations, which was frightening. Klinger kept mentioning Thor and Odin. Someone needs to check which version of the Bible he reads. YHC discoverd that sleep rucking is possible. One minute YHC was at UNF, and then woke-up and had walked 4 miles. At the same time, Paperboy was talking my head off by telling me that when he grows up he wants to be a hardcore mountaineer such as YHC.

Around dawn we reached waypoint 8. We decided to take 10 minutes to change socks, refill our water and eat. Klinger also was having issues with Castillo de Mexico coming back for revenge. The next waypoint was 8 miles away straight down a road that paralleled the beach. We knew this was going to be the hardest part of the trip. It was 8 miles there and 8 miles back, all on the the same straight road. It was as we expected: long, hard miles. It took about 2.5 hours to reach the waypoint, which was a public beach access known as Mickler’s Landing. Upon arrival we found discouraging news: there was no potable water. Being resourceful, Paperboy began making a small talk with a local soccer mom. She told us we all smell bad, but she had about 1.5 liters of water we could have. This was well received.

For YHC the 8 mile ruck back was a conflict between the mind and body. Mentally, I had a renewed spirit due to the thought we would be finished soon; however my body, particularly my feet, reported they had given me all they had. I walked on through the pain. Skinny Pete entered some sort of catatonic state where he didn’t respond to questions unless it was “do you need a rest?” Klinger and Paperboy walked ahead and finished their discussion about Ragnarok. YHC entertained himself my thinking of the beer waiting at the finish.

After hitting our last few waypoints including the surfer statue, we returned to GoRuck HQ. We were disappointed to learn that JC and the Tampons had beaten us by a few minutes, but we are also very satisfied to place 20 out of 82 teams. Our total time was 17 hours 36 minutes, which is a long time to be walking. We received our patches and had a few sips of beer before heading to the Hotel. How I made the 15 minute drive to the hotel is the greatest mystery to me. We are all pretty sure it was divine intervention.

The questioned that keeps getting asked is “would you do it again?”. It took me 3 days to finally admit I would. All told this was an awesome experience with a great group of guys, and most importantly we gave it our best.

The End,

Linus

 

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Pre-Blast – North Hartsville Elementary Service Project

Pre-Blast – 2018 Service Project – F3 Hartsville

B.L.U.F. (Bottom Line Up Front) – We are doing a service project. Sign up below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a78rHgsDLRFlsCUb7DmUs8wyb7PGFX7HjSLB5K1eGAQ/edit?usp=sharing

Calling all PAX of F3 Hartsville! You are cordially invited to participate in a clean-up project at North Hartsville Elementary School on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  The schoolyard has served F3 well for several years as home of the Farsight AO and as one of the pain stations during the annual Fox.  Blood, sweat and tears have been left on those grounds in efforts to make ourselves and our fellow PAX better. Now we have an opportunity to pour some of that sweat into work that will make the schoolyard a better and safer place for the kids of NHE.

What is the project?

NHE has a large courtyard area that students are currently restricted from using because it is unsafe. The vision of Kristi Austin, Principal of NHE, is to turn the courtyard into a nice grassy area that is safe and easy to maintain.

The area currently has a fair amount of limbs and other organic debris that needs to be hauled away.  Additionally, there are concrete benches and tables that need to be removed as well as a multitude of bricks and paving stones.

A set of metal risers/bleachers needs to be taken apart and hauled away as well as some smaller wooden structures.

Lastly, some general landscaping work is needed, such as pruning branches and trimming hedges.

When is it?

We will start at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 8th.  This will give you a chance to attend Convergence and then go home to get your tools and or your 2.0’s.

If you are attending the Christmas parade that morning, no problem. Please come after the parade.

Who can participate?

All PAX of F3 Hartsville are invited, as well as their M’s and 2.0’s.  Bring friends along as well!  This is a big area with plenty of room for a multitude of workers.

This is a great opportunity for your high school student to pick up some community service hours!

Why should I do it?

Because we are leaders in our community and we have an opportunity to help fill a need that is not being met!  It is also a great fellowship opportunity. After all, that is what the 2nd F of F3 is all about!

Who are the Q’s?

Divac & Windows

What can I bring?

We will need the following items:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Saw or Torch to cut metal
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Rakes
  • Shovels/Spades
  • Leaf Blower
  • Trash Bags
  • Pick-up trucks
  • Trailer (to haul pavers, concrete, yard waste, et al. to the dump)
  • Work gloves

How Long?

We’ll work till early afternoon (lunch and drinks will be provided!), but you are encouraged to come for however long you can.  This project will take more than one day to complete, so we expect to schedule a second work day at a later time.

We want the work we do on the 8th to noticeably improve the appearance of the site and to eliminate the areas posing the greatest safety risk to the children.

What next?

Sign up HERE 

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Full Frontal Attack

Todays workout was in honor of Josh aka Rooney, one of the Cadre that helped lead the Goruck HTL in Savannah in March.  It was intended for rucks but we improvised.

 

Warmup

Ruck up if you got one.  Mosey to brick pile and grab a coupon if you don’t have a ruck.

The Main THANG

In honor of Cadre Rooney WOD

Start with 400 m coupon/ruck carry (2 laps around islands) then:

5 rounds of the following (but we only had time for 3+)

  • 75 mtn climbers (4 count) (crowd pleaser!!)
  • 75 air squats (single count)
  • 200 m coupon carry (1 lap around islands)
  • 75 flutter kicks (4 count)
  • 75 overhead claps (single count)

Finish with a 400 m coupon carry (2 laps around islands)

Mary-

We did some stuff

Announcements

Goruck Star Course—Congrats! to Skinny Pete, Paperboy, Klinger, Linus

Moleskin

Recently through FB, I discovered that Cadre Josh had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  A few weeks ago, I planned a trip to Milwaukee with my 13 year old to watch the Dodgers/Brewers in the NLCS.  Knowing that Josh was from Wisconsin and a huge sports fan, I reached out to him to see if he was planning to be at the game.  He replied immediately and said that he would be there and he gave me pointers on where to eat and what to see while we were in town.  He also agreed to meet my son and I during the game.  We talked for a few minutes and he was in good spirits despite his diagnosis. He has 2 small boys and I couldn’t help but ache for him knowing that he was going to have to endure cancer treatments and not be able to spend as much time with his boys.  His attitude is what struck me the most.  He said he had always been underestimated and never was the smartest or talented.  But he always had a positive attitude and never let the opinions of others define him.

From a recent FB post he quotes his Ranger creed by “going full frontal attack on this enemy” and stating “Surrender is not a Ranger word” and “I will shoulder more than my share of the task, 100% and then some!”  His story reminds me of one of my favorite verses from Romans 5:3-4.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope”

Aye!

Groundblind

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Nothing but a “G” thing

The 3 G’s, Greenacres, Goldilocks, and YHC met up at SOS to take on Tropical Storm Kirk.  But it didn’t take long for it to turn into a Tropical “Depression”.  Here is what had happened.

Conditions

Always 84 degrees in the pool unless Wall-E relieves himself

The THANG

Warmup

Swim a few laps

Main Event

Was hoping for teams of 2, but since only 3 showed up we made it work

3 man DORA

  • Partner A underwater brick slider down and back
  • Partner B Salmon ladders (~125 as a team)
  • Partner C Freestyle down and back

Each man got 3 rounds of each station

Separate OYO

  • 5 Gutter ups, swim with arms only to opposite end
  • 20 two count flutter kicks, swim with legs only back to start

Rinse and repeat 5 x, flutter kicks on the 6

2 PAX tread water with brick overhead while 3rd pax freestyle down and back (Crowd pleaser). Switch out one man at a time until everyone has done a lap.

Cool down mosey down and back

Mary-SOS style

  • Tread water with arms only for 1 minute
  • Tread water with legs only for 1 minute

Prayed for those affected by flooding.   Look out for an opportunity to help our brothers in Conway/Myrtle Beach.

Moleskin

First time Q’ing SOS was loads of fun.  Its not hard to make it suck because there is no break.  The whole body gets a workout without getting beat to death.  Tclaps to Goldilocks who swam without flippers which is much harder.  He also floats much better than YHC who was flailing desperately while treading water.

Aye!

Groundblind

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F3 Hartsville 30-Day Challenge – IMPACT

IMPACT – Forcible contact to strong effect

This is the F3 definition of IMPACT.  In essence it means taking ACTION that has effect on others or the community around you.  It is a VERB. It requires something of oneself without the promise of immediate return to oneself.

The next F3 Hartsville 30 Day Challenge is all about IMPACT.  If you accept this challenge then starting August 1stfor the next 30 days you will each day DO something that makes a positive IMPACT to someone other than yourself.  Not an absolute, but try your best to stay anonymous from the person(s) you are IMPACTING.  The range of ACTION can be anywhere from picking up trash at your AO, paying for the meal of the person behind you in the drive thru, to donating $10,000 to a local non-profit.  The size of the ACT does not matter it is the posture of our hearts we are exercising here with the giving of ourselves while getting nothing in return.

Yes…there will be a chat.  Each day you make an IMPACT you can simply comment “IMPACT” on the chat or if you wish to share what it was you did that is fine too as long as the person IMPACTED doesn’t know it was you.

So…this is truly a challenge for everyone, even you Bench Warmer!  Regardless if you’re traveling, regardless of your work schedule, regardless if you’re injured…everyone can make an IMPACT.

HC to Divac to be added to the chat.

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Tour de Hartsville – 30 Day Challenge

Tour de Hartsville – 30 Day Challenge

There are 13 workouts in Hartsville on any given week.  Yes Barfly, Happy Hour is a workout.  Sorry Paperboy but whatever you and Coxwain do on Sunday afternoon needs to stay in the woods.

There are 13 “registered” workouts for which each Pax has an opportunity to post on any given week. Your challenge over the next 30 days…go to all 13.  Not 12, 13. Not all but Revolution, ALL.  Not every one except Act Like Men…EVERY WORKOUT.

This means you’ve got 30 days to:

  • Tell your M you need to post at two evening workouts over the next month. I’m sure she’ll understand.
  • Sike yourself up enough to go to Currahee – rucks are suggested but NOT mandatory. He’s a man who wore a dress to his 2nd F3 workout…it aint that bad!
  • Plan your outfit and funny quips for the show that is The Clinic. The resident DOTW is sure to make you feel welcome
  • Talk yourself out of the lie that Act Like Men is not for you cause talking about something other than burpees or Stallion’s gross toe just isn’t what you signed up for!
  • Pull out your speedo and get to the YMCA one Monday morning to play marco polo with Klinger or Red
  • Drop the “I don’t run” excuse and check out Prefontaine – they don’t mind if you walk most the way. That’s what Skinny Pete does!
  • Finally hit the Temple and show Bowtie what a real merkin looks like

The point is 30 days is plenty of time to cut the excuses and get out of your comfort zone and GROW. You never know…you may just become a regular at one of these new workouts.

Rules:

  • Start date is Monday, June 18
  • If your in HC to Divac and he’ll add you to the chat
  • When you post to a new workout let the group know
  • You must go to EVERY workout at least once

“Registered” workouts below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Brick City x
S.O.S. x
Farsight x x
War Zone x x
The Clinic x x
Gridiron x x
Revolution x x
Act Like Men x
Temple (early or late) x
Happy Hour x
Currahee x
Prefontaine x
Convergence x
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Memorial Day Murph

 

Official Murph (time limit 60 minutes) named for Lt Michael Murphy

  • 1 mile
  • 100 pullups
  • 200 merkins
  • 300 squats
  • 1 mile

With 20# weight vest

Running Options

  • 2 laps around ymca block = 1 mile
  • 6 laps around burry park field = 1 mile
  • Run to Lawton Park and use their monkey bars =1 mile each way
  • Rabbits can run to Farsight and use their monkey bars = 1.8 miles each way

Break sets/laps up any way you like.

Modify: Assisted pullups or dips on a bench

If finished early, start on the following until time is called:

  • 100 burpees
  • 100 4-count flutter kicks
  • Run laps around Burry Park

COT

  • Count-o-rama
  • Name-o-rama
  • Devo (Radar)
  • Pledge of Allegiance

 

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight. By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead. The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

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Christmas in April Pre-Blast

Here’s the details:

Date: Saturday, April 28

Time: After Convergence (coffee and biscuits will be provided)

Place: From WarZone to 616 Howard St.

Directions: Take 6th St to Marion Avenue. Right on Marion. First house on the right just after Pride Park. (This is the back of the house)

THE THANG

PROJECT PANE

We are going to be replacing 6 windows, 1 exterior door and 3 door locks for Dolly Wright and her husband. She is as sweet as a 50# bag of sugar, and I can’t wait to help her out. Their home is old and breezy. New windows will provide better insulation than the plastic she has tacked up over the original windows. Currently her back door is an interior hollow core door, which provides zero security and not much more insulation value. Her front and rear doors have no deadbolts and old handles. Her bathroom door has no handle at all. #awkward

Tools: Hammer, flat bar, screwdrivers, level, pliers, cordless drill, sawzall.

PROJECT COVERUP

Donkey Lips put us on to another project that is just down the street. There is a 100+ year old cemetery at the end of Marion Avenue that was literally covered up by trees and undergrowth. Volunteers have begun to bring it back to where it should be, but now they need some heavy lifting. F3 is tasked with laying a thick bed of mulch over the entire plot of land to kill off the vegetation. We need strong backs and weak minds.

Tools: Wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, pitchforks, pruning shears, maybe a chainsaw or two.

THE BIG PICTURE

F3’s mission is to plant, grow and serve  small workout groups to invigorate male community leadership. Service is a major component of leadership. It is one of my burning desires to build bridges. Across race, age, creed, nationality,  basically any gulf between “US” and “THEM”. Working on these projects gives “us” a huge opportunity to reach “them”. How many sad clowns live within a 1000′ radius of these two projects? How many lives can we impact by leveraging a little bit of our time to help others?

Join us. Sign up and show up.

Aye!

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F3 Hartsville 3 Year Anniversary Shindig

Come one, come all!  Those who attended last year remember (if you didn’t hit the keg too hard) the fun we had shucking oysters and laughing at Tater Salad as he emceed the awards presentation.  Those of you who weren’t a part of this crazy thing we call F3 Hartsville last year, come get some great 2nd F with us this year.

What:

A party for all of F3 Hartsville AND the families of F3 Hartsville

Instead of oysters (since mid-April is a little warm for those), we will have lowcountry boil and BBQ for those who don’t eat seafood.  Libations will be provided by our very own Barfly.  Just bring an appetizer and yourself, your M and you 2.0s.  That’s right!  It’s family friendly.  And a great way to be able to recognize your fellow PAX in public while not wearing sweaty workout clothes.  It’s also a great way to get to know each other for something other than farting during flutter kicks!

Awards.  I did mention awards.  Divac will be sending out ballots shortly for your voting pleasure.  Don’t feel too bad if you don’t win one.  I know it’s hard for some (IYAFYL), but be a man about it.

When:

Saturday, April 14th 6:00pm. Come early to help set up if you can.

Where:

Casa de Last Rites.  1121 Pine Lake Drive, Hartsville

How:

RSVP here by 4/7: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MooOZrey4WZZp-WGqrPBDRKnifmQMltl_2lPRIVgkAc/edit?usp=sharing  so we can know how many shrimp to get

Stay tuned for more updates as they develop!

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