September 26, 2007

Valor Blind


This cartoon was originally posted on June 13, 2006, and is one of over 400 illustrations you'll find in our book Black & White World III, which can be ordered via Cox & Forkum, The Steyn Store, and Barnes &

The latest entry in the Department of Defense Heroes series: Minnesota Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg (click here for the full list).

Outnumbered by almost two to one, an ambush closing in like a vice, more than a thousand rounds raining down for 50 minutes – the chances of success, much less survival, might seem impossible. But for Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg of the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division, the day he and his men faced those odds was also the day they managed to repel a large coordinated attack – without suffering a single casualty. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight,” he later said in an interview, “but it’s the size of the fight in the dog. That day, we had a lot of fight in us.” For his gallantry in battle, Malmberg became the first Minnesota Guardsman in his division – known as the “Red Bulls” – to receive the Silver Star since World War II.

The story received local coverage, but nationally it's stories like these that still get the headlines: U.S. soldier faces court-martial in Iraq.

A U.S. soldier pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of killing Iraqis and then trying to cover it up by planting weapons on their bodies.

Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval, of Laredo, Texas, has been charged with premeditated murder, wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of the Iraqis and obstructing justice. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Posted by Forkum at September 26, 2007 05:55 PM