View Full Version : Courage And A Good Knife Save The Day

Gabriel Suarez
05-04-2004, 11:51 AM
Cpl. Samuel Toloza of El Salvador's
Cuscatlan Battalion displays his bloodstained knife
that he used to fend off Iraqi gunmen in Najaf, Iraq,
last Saturday.
"One of his friends was dead, 12 others lay wounded
and the four soldiers still left standing were
surrounded and out of ammunition. So Salvadoran Cpl.
Samuel Toloza said a prayer, whipped out his knife and
charged the Iraqi gunmen. In one of the only known
instances of hand-to-hand combat in the Iraq conflict,
Cpl. Toloza stabbed several attackers swarming around
a comrade. The stunned assailants backed away
momentarily, just as a relief column came to the
unit's rescue. "We never considered surrender. I was
trained to fight until the end," said the 25-year-old corporal..."

05-04-2004, 12:58 PM
Wow!! What a brave soldier--I love hearing stories like this. Glad to see that he was fight-oriented and not gun-oriented. Kinda proves what Gabe has been saying all along.

The Searcher
05-04-2004, 02:43 PM
What a Warrior!

05-04-2004, 06:26 PM
Audi Murphy move over...ya got company! BladeMaster

05-04-2004, 06:38 PM
This guy has balls!!!! It's kinda strange how one crazy, heroic, Salvadorian soldier backed off how many terrorists? They just weren't ready to face this.

05-04-2004, 06:57 PM
Guess the "Tangos" weren't so eager to enter paradise and claim the 72 virgins as they seem to be when their being filmed by CNN.:)

05-04-2004, 09:51 PM
Have always said "Don't piss off a Latin Male with a Knife" :D

We should take up a collection to buy this guy a REAL knife,
think what he could do with it rhen ;)

05-04-2004, 10:05 PM

Too bad he didnt have a bayonet. He could have had Najaf all secured by now.

05-05-2004, 04:57 AM
This is a payback for the actions by the terrorists in 9/11. Kinda makes you think that at least some of the coalition troops are sticking with us and not tucking tail and running.


Maharlika Kuntao

Steve Collins
05-05-2004, 09:20 AM
Too bad his courage will never make the major news agencies, to show the nature of the true warrior. Some lace wearing, limp-wristed producer would be too afraid of such a man.

05-05-2004, 09:29 AM
Mindset to survive, and help his buds survive are what won the day over superior forces here.

He does the occupation proud, kudos to him and the men and women from around the world fighting to keep the world safer for all of us.

If I knew where he could be reached and the package would actually get to him, I'd mail him another knife myself. In fact, if anyone does get wind of how to get this guys address, I'll send him a solid folder [ perhaps a Chinook 2 ].

Imagine the test he could give a knife and report back on.


ender wiggin
05-05-2004, 01:33 PM
Have always said "Don't piss off a Latin Male with a Knife" :D

We should take up a collection to buy this guy a REAL knife,
think what he could do with it rhen ;)
According to Wes from MSTN over at ar15.com his buddies over there already chipped in and got him a very nice one.

05-05-2004, 04:31 PM
I read today on the Usual Suspect Forums that Cpl. Toloza was given a Chris Reeve/Bill Harsey Green Beret Knife... fine weapon for a brave man.
Proof that you dont need to be the worlds most bad-ass knife man, or have a super expensive tool, if you have the will to win. Good for him.

05-05-2004, 08:02 PM
I guess what I quote in my sig line is as true now as it was 2,500 years ago.

05-05-2004, 11:50 PM
Here's a pic of him receiving the Chris Reeve knife. Apparently, the one he used was a cheap folder. Once again, it's not the equipment. It's the man.

BTW, those are contractors, if you can't tell. :rolleyes:

05-06-2004, 06:38 AM
It looked like a cheap copy of a Buck Folder, but I can't tell what it is exactly. As stated, it's not the man.

I like your sig line, and it is very true. He proves it.

05-06-2004, 09:55 AM
The local Boston papers reported it as an Italian switchbalde.


05-06-2004, 10:46 AM