The Cajun Navy: Heroes In Small Boats

Posted September 3rd, 2017 by Iron Mike

Let this sink in for a minute…..   Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South headed for Houston.

Almost all of them driven by men.  They’re using their own property,  sacrificing their own time,  spending their own money,  and risking their own lives for one reason:  to help total strangers in desperate need.

Most of them are by themselves.  Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are.  Many are veterans.  Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo.  Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.

These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks.  The ones Maher and Olbermann just know they’re so much better than.

These are The Quiet Ones.  They don’t wear masks and tear down statues.  They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate.  And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.

But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.

When disaster strikes, it’s what men do.  Real men. Heroic men. American men.

And then they’ll knock back a few shots,  or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.

And the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy”, or “male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn.  To do it again.  Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.

They’re unlikely to be reimbursed.  There won’t be medals. They won’t care.  They’re heroes. And it’s what they do. 


Folks,  I didn’t write this,  – and couldn’t easily discover who did.

Clearly a better writer than I’ll ever be.  I’m thankful for his words,  – and far more thankful to the boat captains of the Cajun Navy,  – who exemplify everything that is great about our Young Republic.  

Hat Tip: Panther 6!

6 Responses to “The Cajun Navy: Heroes In Small Boats”

  1. Panther 6

    Absolutely Great. These men left LA to support TX when the potential for a major flood in LA was still on the horizon. God Bless them for their sacrifice! There are still a lot of heroic and patriotic folks out there. I am sure there were ladies supporting this effort also. Let’s not forget them.

  2. Kojack

    Mike and Panther – so true! These are REAL AMERICANS. This is how we roll as a country.

  3. Leonard Mead

    Inspiring.

  4. Hawk1776

    Heroic stuff. It makes all of us proud. If you can’t be there, please donate. The rebuilding of the Houston area will take years.

  5. Catherine

    *This* is who real Americans are. These men, risking their lives and going without pay to do so. And the wives and families who said, “You do what you gotta do; we’ll hold the fort till you get back.” You know – the deplorables.

  6. Mt Woman

    No wonder AntiFA looks petty, small and inconsequential. These are real Americans, these are real men and women who want to make change to ensure equality. Speaking of equality, where’s Obama and Michele with her “arms” and biceps to help those in need.