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“Tommy”

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Marine Hero WOD

272 16
  • 13 Rounds for Time
  • 100 meter Sandbag Carry (150/100 lb, 50 meter down & 50 meter back)
  • 7 Strict Pull-ups
  • 16 Sandbag Over the Shoulder Tosses (150/100 lb)
  • 15 Sandbag Squats (150/100 lb)
  • Boots and utes are optional.

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work in the order written for 13 rounds.

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the Sandbag Squats is completed.

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Background: This hero workout is dedicated to Gunnery Sergeant Thomas "Tommy" Sullivan who was killed in action on July 16, 2015.

Tommy was the kind of man that every Junior Marine around would not only aim to be like but would also turn to when they needed something either on or off duty. Sullivan, with a number of combat tours, one of which during the Battle of Fallujah, and two purple hearts, maintained his esprit de corps and focus on our most basic principles as Marines: taking care of each other. This is something that is often lost in the rest of our culture but is one of the most powerful tools we have as Marines and leaders. Junior Marines eat chow first, hit the rack first, and are taken care of first. This is how Gunny Sullivan lived his life on or off duty. There is nothing that he wouldn’t do for his Marines.

His last opportunity to put others before himself came on July 16, 2015, while serving as Battery Gunnery Sergeant in Chattanooga, TN.

Tommy went into action looking for a way out, not for himself, but for his Marines. He started to lead them to safety and after fearing that he would lead them to the gunman, changed his course of action. He knew that they needed to jump the fence. Sullivan lead 13 Marines and Sailors over the fence before returning to the office in an attempt to provide support. This is ultimately where he fell. He was one of four Marines and one sailor that were killed on that day.
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