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Clifford Wooldridge killed enemy fighter in hand-to-hand combat



The Crazy Story Of A Marine Locked In Hand-To-Hand Combat 3

The story about Clifford M. Wooldridge, a Marine, and the extraordinary thing he did on 18 June 2010 when his convoy came under heavy attack. He was with his Marines in Humvee, when suddenly approximately 15 fighters tried to ambush the convoy. What happened next was astounding.

Clifford Wooldridge from United States Marine Corps, when the attack occurred, served as Vehicle Commander in the rank of Corporal. He was deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. When his vehicle approached the ambush location, Wooldridge ordered his squad to dismount and maneuver to the suspected enemy location, soon they spotted a group of approx. 15 enemy fighters.

Clifford Wooldridge led his fire team across open ground in order to flank the enemy and that action resulted with killing or wounding at least 8 militants and forced the rest fo them to retreat. As he held security alone to cover his fire team’s withdrawal, he heard voices from behind an adjacent wall. Boldly rushing around the corner, he came face-to-face with two enemy militants at very close range. He killed both of them with his M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon. But, when he crouched back behind the wall to reload, he saw the barrel of an enemy machine gun appear from around the wall. Without hesitation, he dropped his empty M249 and seized the machine gun barrel.

Clifford Wooldridge, US Marines, received Navy Cross Medal

Sgt. Clifford Wooldridge, combat weapons instructor, Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, Chesapeake, Va., stands at parade rest after receiving the Navy Cross Medal, May 18, at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. He earned the medal for combat actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while attached to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, in 2010.

He disarmed the enemy fighter in hand-to-hand combat after they grappled for control of the weapon. He killed him with his own weapon, giving him several blows to the head. But, just before that, militant reached for one of his grenades in a desperate attempt to kill himself and then Corporal Clifford Wooldridge, but he didn’t succeed to pull the pin on the grenade. His brave and fearless actions thwarted the attack on his platoon, which saved many lives.


Shortly after, the remaining members of his team came around the corner and witnessed the three dead enemy fighters and Corporal Wooldridge standing over one fighter holding the machine gun. That was enough for Clifford M. Wooldridge to be awarded Navy Cross medal and to give him the status of legend in US Marines Corps.




  1. John Smaldone

    Dec 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    This should go viral. We here in the USA need to see this Bad Ass and what he did for his country, his buddies and the American people at home! Clifford Wooldridge needs to be depicted as our American Hero to gather around. We need to say our hero is Clifford.

    I know I am going to pass this around just like my buddy who is a retired major in the Marines, John Saraga from Ohio. Our great nation is losing ground daily but Marines like Clifford Wooldridge can give us the push we need to start being proud again!!

    I salute you Clifford Wooldridge and God Bless you and God Bless America!!

    John A. Smaldone

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Lt Col Mark Phillips, Special Forces hero who blew up Saddam Hussein’s communications pipeline



Lt Col Mark Phillips was a Special Forces hero who carried out hundreds of covert operations behind enemy lines, including an audacious mission to blow up Saddam Hussein’s telecommunications cables network, buried deep in the earth under a sports arena in southern Baghdad during the first Gulf War, following the tyrant’s capture of Kuwait.

It was dubbed the proverbial “mission impossible” by insiders, and many did not expect Phillips and his team to make it back alive. On 22 January 1991, flying in under the cover of darkness on two Chinook helicopters at low altitude to avoid radar detection, Phillips’ Special Boat Service (SBS) team were dropped near the heavily defended stadium, while a diversionary attack was launched to lure forces away from the area.

Sustained allied aerial bombing raids had failed to knock out the fibre optic cables carrying Iraq’s command and control messages to Basra. The team was ordered to cut cables, and plant more than 700lbs of explosives at strategic points, but things did not run smoothly. Two unsuccessful attempts were made to find and cut the cable, but on each occasion, headquarters relayed back that Iraqi signals were still being sent. On the third attempt, the team planted all their explosives and detonated them. Iraqi communications suddenly ceased. Flushed with success, they dug and recovered a portion of the cable, before pulling back to their waiting helicopters. So successful was the mission that the piece of fibre optic cable has since been displayed at London’s Imperial War Museum.

Shortly after, Phillips took part in the SBS raid to retake the British Embassy in Kuwait City. Royal Marines Major-General Rob Magowan CBE said, “Foggy was an inspiration, both to me and across our Corps. “Bright, physically strong, courageous, hugely visionary and immediately engaging, he had all the attributes of a Royal Marine. People were swept up by his energy and leadership.

I first met him on an adjacent rowing machine and I must admit to feeling intimidated.” Born in 1961, in Gloucestershire, Mark Christopher Phillips was educated at Charlton Kings Secondary Modern, Cheltenham. Upon leaving school, he briefly joined the police before successfully applying to the Royal Marines. During training, he was quickly earmarked as an exceptional recruit for displaying qualities of courage, selflessness, professionalism and cheerfulness no matter what the situation; this resulted in the award of the coveted King’s Badge as a top recruit when he passed out in 1985.

After serving for almost two years with 45 Commando, Phillips underwent the gruelling selection process (and training) to join the SBS, the Special Forces unit of the Royal Navy. He remained with them for the next 26 years until retiring with the rank of Lt Colonel and being CO of the SBS. Known as “Foggy”, a light-hearted reference to his namesake, Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne’s former husband, he was one of the Corps’ fittest and most respected officers and a courageous and energetic leader who carried out many daunting and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

He also became a well-known figure in military circles for his exploits in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003, Phillips returned to Iraq and was based at MI6’s station house in Baghdad, from which the SBS mounted strike operations against insurgents in Sadr City, while also carrying out surveillance posing as Western civilian contractors. His team was also attached to Task Force 21, a joint UK/US task force, which had the high-priority mission to find and capture Saddam. In 2008, he joined another special UK-US Special Forces unit known as Task Force 42, which tracked Taliban commanders.

On 18 February, dropped in by helicopter, the SBS commandos successfully ambushed Mullah Matin and one of his sub-commanders, Mullah Karim Agha, as they travelled across the desert on motorbikes. Martin was the vital right-hand man to Mullah Omar (the supreme commander and spiritual leader of the Taliban) and responsible for the deaths of two British 
soldiers and dozens of Afghan civilians, as well as numerous attacks on UK troops. Phillips was appointed MBE in recognition of his gallant and distinguished services in the field. Although he kept out the public eye, Phillips was also known as an athlete.

During the 1990s he won the 125-mile Devizes (Wiltshire) to Westminster International Canoe Race four times in succession, which had previously been won by Paddy Ashdown and Randolph Fiennes. Upon retiring from the Royal Marines in 2013, Phillips set up his own security business, but in June of this year, he was diagnosed with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (the human form of Mad Cow Disease), a rapidly developing type of dementia which affects only one in a million people. Phillips died after a short illness; he is survived by his wife, Jacqui, whom he married in 1990, and their three children, Emily, George and Bethany.

Martin Childs

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Delta Force vets show us why they love Chevy’s big SUVs



The United States Special Forces are perhaps the best tactical fighting force the world has ever seen. Whether it’s hostage rescue, covert operations, or a Bin Laden-esque kill-or-capture mission, the Tier 1 Operators of the US military are the ones to beat. As any Boy Scout can tell you, being prepared is the key to success. For these operators, it’s about having the best training, the best intelligence, and the best equipment—whether it’s $40,000 night vision goggles that turn night into day or $60,000 blacked-out SUVs.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Midnight Edition media program at The Range Complex in Raleigh, NC. Tahoe and Suburban Midnight Editions were released late last year. They are the latest additions to the growing portfolio of Chevrolet Midnight Edition vehicles, among the fastest-selling of Chevrolet’s special editions. Founded by former members of Delta Force, the Range Complex offers customized training and consulting solutions for government, military, law enforcement, corporate clientele and the public.

Both of Chevy’s full-size SUVs are very popular with both military and civilian law enforcement agencies. That’s thanks partially to tradition (the Suburban has been around in one form or another since the 1930’s and is the longest running vehicle nameplate in the US) and partly to the features of the car itself.

Range Complex instructors—all former Delta Force operators—leap into action and prepare to breach the shoot house.

They’re roomy, with space for burly soldiers carrying body armor, rifles, ammo, and the rest of their gear. These vehicles are also reliable and easy to work on, thanks in large part to GM’s worldwide parts supplier network. Plus, the SUVs prove quite durable—the Range Complex founder James Reese, a former Delta Force commander, told us a war story from the early days of the Iraq war when he and his commander came under fire on the infamous Route Irish in Baghdad while driving a standard Tahoe purchased off a dealer lot in Kuwait. The vehicle sustained more than 50 bullet holes, including five through the engine block, but it kept running long enough to get both occupants back to safety with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

“It looked like it came out of a movie,” Reese said. “That car and our training saved our lives.”

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