As we approached the city we ran into the remnants of the
Armyís 507th Maintenance Convoy and our mission took on a new aspect. There were
soldiers trapped in the city. With our tanks low on fuel we pushed into the city
with out them to take the bridges and try to rescue any soldiers we might find.
When we entered the city and crossed the southern bridge we started taking fire.
My company was assigned to hold the southern bridge.
The other 2 rifle companies pushed to the northern bridge,
one pushed off to the flank and the crossed the northern bridge. The company
that crossed the northern bridge met heavy resistance. I canít remember the
exact numbers but these are close. They lost 5 AAVs, 18 Marines KIA and around
14 WIA. If not for the brave actions of an unknown (at least to me) CH-46 pilot
who landed in the midst of heavy fire to evac wounded there would probably would
have been more dead.
Towards the end of the day my battalion consolidated north
of the northern bridge and evaced the rest of the wounded. All of our wounded
survived to the surprise of us all.
On the 24th we attacked west and set into a blocking
position on the cityís northwestern bridge. We sat there until the 1st week of
While there the battalion collected intell and found out
that there was an Army POW in the cityís hospital. When the time came to rescue
Army Pvt. Jessicah Lynch (I found out later that we went to same High School)
our AAVs were on standby for a ground extraction if needed, fortunately it
wasnít. The rest of the war was pretty uneventful for us.
We traveled all over Southern Iraq looking for remnants of
the Iraqi Army but came up with nothing but abandoned gear and vehicles.
We left Iraq on May 8th and left Kuwait on ships of
Amphibious Task Force East about a week later.
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