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  • 9 years ago
Lt. Shannon Meehan's Beyond Duty

Lt. Shannon Meehan's Beyond Duty

Lt. Shannon Meehan was a decorated tank commander who was displaying exception leadership abilities during his tour of duty in Iraq. On one mission, when they were clearing a dangerous area house by house, he called in an air strike on a suspected insurgents location. He followed all procedure and even went further, sending loudspeakers and translators directly in front of the house to warn everyone inside to get out. Despite visual identification, local Intel, loudspeaker warnings, the worst happened. The precision guided bomb destroyed a house with a family inside. This is the story of how Lt. Meehan has been struggled with the consequences of his decision.

I told Lt. Meehan on air that I wished I could just hug him and tell him that it was ok, that he followed his training, went even further and had nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. I said to him that as a citizen he was fighting for, I was perfectly comfortable with what he did, despite the outcome that nobody