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Archive for March 2004

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Mar

March 31, 2004

I am still here. That’s a good thing. Our operation was so boring. Each section set up a TCP (Tactical Control Point). 1st Section was near a bridge north of the cloverleaf, 3rd Section was south, and of course, 2nd Section was east between the firm base and the cloverleaf. We saw no action, but we did fire watch in the turret because there’s always the possibility.

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Mar

March 28, 2004

Hey Pops,

Things are interesting. We’re taking mortar fire on our base. Our convoy made it alright getting up here. We had no enemy contact, but we are right outside Fallujah. Taking mortar fire or having a couple Syrians jump the walls into our base isn’t uncommon!

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Mar

March 28, 2004

Last night, the boys went out on our first operation to divert traffic away from Fallujah and eliminate any enemy threat. It was supposed to be 48 hours long. All the while, my track and two others stayed behind. Everyone else came back within four hours. That’s why were going back out in a couple hours at 0300 on March 29. It’s the same mission but with differences. We saw things we needed to change.

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Mar

March 27, 2004

The good thing is that we’re finally to Camp Volturno, except it’s called Camp Fallujah now. 2/1 Grunts have been fighting everyday. We got here last night, and we heard helicopters all night medevacing Marines. Last night, there was one KIA (Killed in Action) and six wounded. Two nights before that, they had two KIAs.

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Mar

March 23, 2004

Well, as you can see I’m still here—so is everyone else. That’s because we didn’t get hit…at all. It seems like I’m asking for it. Why?

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Mar

March 21, 2004

We woke early yesterday to sit around and wait until the afternoon to leave. We had a church service and a briefing, but nothing seemed to calm our anxious nerves.

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Mar

March 19, 2004

It’s the second day that we’ve been in the field on our convoy operation before we push up to Fallujah. We’re doing a two day operation and going directly up—no going back to Udairi to see cute Army girls.

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10
Mar

March 10, 2011

Nothing too big happened today. We just had a bunch of classes. The cool part was that the classes were taught by a group of badass, motherfuckers from the British Army.

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9
Mar

March 9, 2004

These last couple days have been interesting. The Company went to the field, and Lowe, Gomez, Saddler, Rivera, and I got to stay back for guard and hooch watch. This gave us some good time off.

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Mar

March 7, 2004

It’s been about a week since my last entry. I left off where we were on our way to Ramstein, Germany. From there, it was another seven hours to Kuwait. Each leg of the trip was about seven hours, adding up to a total of 21 hours of flying.

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Mar

March 2, 2004

Dear Dad,

We’re finally in Kuwait. We arrived here yesterday, Monday the first. I guess California is behind us by 11 hours.

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