Friday, January 12, 2018

US military has a long history of killing foes with 'entrenching tools'

Command Sgt. Major John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, carried a shovel with him as he spoke to troops about killing the Islamic State. Troxell challenged Islamic State fighters to surrender or die and said that U.S. troops could kill them “by beating them to death with our entrenching tools.” The value of the entrenching tool, or 'etool' which is a shovel issued to soldiers and Marines, has come into the spotlight.

The Military Times Hall of Valor includes many citations for medals and awards that U.S. service members have earned for relying on their entrenching tool as a weapon of last resort.

E-Tool with Pick, Serrated Blade, No Sheath