“Of every 100 men they send me, 10 should not even be here; 80 are nothing but targets; 9 are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make. Ahhh, but ONE, ONE of them is a WARRIOR, and he will bring the others back.”
Add a smile to your Monday and watch (our) US Soldiers get down to the tune “Electric Avenue” while in country (Iraq). I like to see our guys and gals having a good time; in a place that’s less than desirable.
The river patrol had been a debacle. After receiving reports about insurgent movements and weapons smuggling along the Tigris River in northern Baghdad, the coalition had decided to try a river patrol. On February 16, 2007, four boats set out, manned jointly by Iraqi police and American soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. Read more
In 2005, Lance Corporal Travis Williams and his squad went on a rescue mission that would change his life forever. Of his 12-man crew, he was the only to come back alive.
*I know this story (and others) is a sad one, but war is sad. We all know It’s not about medals and happy ending stories of heroism, it’s messy and ugly and there’s nothing nice about it. But… This veterans story is a story of heroism–in its rawest form. All of the men we’re heroes that day. 12 of them gave the ultimate sacrifice, while one carried on and now, shares their story. If our warriors are willing to tell us ANYTHING, we really should listen, sad or otherwise, just listen. Read a brief account then Watch the (cartoon) video of the accounts that changed a soldier’s life.
If you’re anything like me, when the Fourth of July comes around you’re thinking more about BBQ’s, swimming and how to pull off a red and white ensemble, instead of what the fight for this nation really means. Miyoko Hikiji is a soldier who fought in Iraq for a year and is someone who thinks about protecting America on a daily basis. Read more
U.S. Army soldiers search a building for insurgents suspected of planting a roadside bomb in Mosul, Iraq Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. U.S. and Iraqi forces in Mosul have been working put down an uprising launched by guerrillas who seized police stations and other sites. The uprising was part of a wave of violence across the country coinciding with the U.S. offensive against the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan)
By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, December 26, 2005
SAMARRA, Iraq — On one of his last days in Iraq, Sgt. Dale Evans looked out over the turbulent city from a rooftop tower piled high with sandbags, manning a machine gun. Below him, rows of Bradley Fighting Vehicles stood at the ready. Dusty streets were lined with coiled barbed wire and abandoned houses pockmarked from gunfire — a protective no-man’s land around a base that U.S. commanders describe as their “battleship” in downtown Samarra. Read more
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SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 19, 2015) — Military personnel who deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, or OIF, Operation Enduring Freedom, or OEF, or Operation New Dawn, or OND, were commonly exposed to airborne hazards such as dust and smoke, Army Medicine researchers say. Read more