Last Sunday, two days before American troops were to pull out of all Iraqi cities, LTC Tim Karcher was patrolling the Baghdad streets with his men of 2-5 Cavalry. Karcher was riding ‘shotgun’ in our military’s safest infantry vehicle, a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP), when they were attacked.
Interlude (John): I passed along Col Karcher’s info to the amazing ladies at Soldiers’ Angels. At the time, Richard thought he was recovering at Landstuhl. Replied Patti Patton-Bader “Col Karcher’s on his way to Walter Reed. We’ve got him.” Incredible. Feel free to drop them a couple of bucks.
An Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) pierced the armor, took both of Colonel Karcher’s legs off, above the knees and killed his driver. Karcher’s men rushed to his aid. They strapped his thighs with tourniquets and raced him to the closest medical facility. He was initially treated and then flown to Balad where surgeons labored to keep him alive. Once stabilized, he was flown to Landstuhl, Germany were he remains today.
Colonel Karcher is one of thousands of unsung American heroes. It is men like him that have made it possible for us to celebrate this American Independence Day. Tim Karcher is one of the best of the best. He is a “Jedi Knight,” a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). Last year, during an interview, I asked him about being an alumnus of such a prestigious school. He said, “I guess we can wield a laser pointer better than most.” As most great Americans, he is a humble man. But, don’t let his modesty fool you. He is a warrior. He has fought in the fiercest battles of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the 2-7 Battalion Operations Officer S3, he and Colonel Jim Rainey fought alongside US Marines in the battles of Najaf and Fallujah. On his next deployment, he was shot in the shoulder in one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq – Baqubah.
And, now this.
Today, above all days, we need to honor this man. He will tell you that he was just doing his job. What we all need to understand is that his job is the protection of every one of us. He has risked life and limb for our well being, for our childrens’ well being. He is a gracious gentleman, loving family man, and beloved leader. Now, both he and his family need our support
Now is the time for us to come to his aid. I will keep you posted on Colonel Karcher’s status and in my next post, I will let you know how we can help the Karcher Family. Now it is your turn to “Support Our Troops.”