Crystal anniversary of the Iraq War
From April 6th:
15 years ago: We stayed in the same position in the field across the factory and continued our mission of supporting the operations of the infantry as they began to push forces into the city of Baghdad. We had to keep up our guard with everything, especially with refugees fleeing from the city. We knew the end was coming, but the question is, when would the Iraqi's see that as well.
From April 7th:
15 years ago: Day two of sitting in the same position that we had occupied after leaving the regiment, yet our mission had not changed from the time we arrived. To support operations and protect the infantry as they worked their way into Baghdad. Yet what changed is that we would soon be dropping out of MOPP gear and change back into the more comfortable and breathable cammies.
15 years ago: We were awaken at reveille and told to pack our gear. We were then loaded in to the 7 tons and driven to important piece of infrastructure that needed to be protected. A power station that would be a prime target for government hold outs and terrorists. Once we arrived at the station, we disembarked from the trucks, and were immediately swarmed by civilians. We were told to keep them back as we got the vehicles inside the plant. We pushed civilians off as they reached for our rifles and personnel gear. As the vehicles entered the compound, we slowly backed in ourselves keep our fronts to the civilians. Once inside the plant, we were immediately showed were we would be sleeping and where our post would be. Once we had everything situated, we began our job of defending the power station.
The greatest Marine Speech of all time. RIP R. Lee Ermey