Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Fraggin' Has Begun

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{Mil. Slang} to intentionally kill or wound (one's superior officer, etc.), esp. with a hand grenade

Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez has opened frag season in Iraq. The sergeant has been charged with killing his two commanding officers on a base near Tikrit, on June 7.

The initial investigation said the two officers had been killed in a mortar attack. The good sergeant apparently used the fragger weapon of preference: a hand grenade. The term originally comes from the word,'fragmentation grenade'.

Fragging entered the American lexicon in the Vietnam War. Such incidents increased late in the 1960s as the strains grew on a draftee army waging an unpopular war. Young men feeling hassled or unnecessarily put in harm's way by their commanders settled their grievances with a fragmentation grenade or a bullet in the back.

Between 1969 and 1971, the Army reported 600 fragging incidents that killed 82 Americans and injured 651. In 1971 alone, there were 1.8 fraggings for every 1,000 American soldiers serving in Vietnam, not including gun and knife assaults.

As President Nixon drew down U.S. forces, troops felt they were fighting a lost cause they were unwilling to die for.

Remember, it's not really a quagmire until the fraggin' has begun.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thats why the best officers come from the rank's. They understand how to decode the bullshit delievered to them from people above, who 9 out of 10 times have never seen combat.I have dismissed officers just because they have no idear apart from what they were taught at colledge.A crying shame.