Lt. Alexander Prokhorenko, a 25 year-old expectant father, was buried today following a military funeral. He was awarded posthumously Russia's equivalent to our Medal of Honor by President Putin. He is survived by his wife Ekaterina and their unborn child. His hometown of Orenberg has named a street in his honor.
Lt. Prokhorenko was killed in the Battle of Palmyra. He was part of a commando team operating behind ISIS lines whose mission was to relay coordinates of ISIS positions for air and artillery strikes. This is one the most dangerous missions in any military operation. The team is basically positioned between two lines of fire; and mostly cut off from support.
The ISIS forces discovered Prokhorenko's position and surrounded him. After holding on until his ammunition was exhausted, Prokhorenko called in an artillery strike on his own position to prevent valuable intelligence from falling into ISIS hands. Sadly, he lost his own life; but his sacrifice saved countless Allied soldiers.
Although this story has been ignored by the American media, Prokhorenko's family received an outpouring of gifts and support from the people of Europe.
It's unsurprising that the US media would ignore this story, since it stands in such contrast with the embarrassingly low quality and shameful performance of our own military personnel recently. The media propagandists have the Ameroboob thoroughly convinced that 'our brave men and women (and LGBTQs) in uniform' are the world's premier fighting force. And they believe this in spite of watching our Navy surrender two gunships intact to the Iranian Coast Guard led away in tears; kneeling and apologizing before the Iranians; and being so traumatized by the ordeal of being kept in a hotel room overnight that they've had to undergo therapy. Or, The Few, the Proud, the Marines, who adapted, improvised, and overcame a lone Moslem attacker in Chattanooga by crawling under their desks and screaming for the local sheriff to come rescue them.
The list could go on, but the American public prefers to continue in blissful ignorance of these matters. Nor do they want to hear about acts of heroism from abroad, since that makes them uncomfortable. And besides, a white, Christian, heterosexual male died; so who cares?
But to those few of us Americans who still respect what true heroism is, we say: Rest in Peace, Lt. Pokhorenko. Your sacrifice means something to those of us who still believe that there are things worth dying for.