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Archive for April 2004

27
Apr

April 27, 2004

Imagine being on a turret watch in the middle of the night, trying to stay vigilant, knowing there’s big bats with rabies flying around. Something flies right by your head, causing you to duck and then look to see where it went.

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Apr

April 25, 2004

You know life is boring and uneventful when you’re only writing in your journal once every week, and I am only writing now because there’s nothing else to do.

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Apr

April 21, 2004

I just got shot at. Well, not directly, but still by direct fire. I was on a turret watch from 0500-0800 this morning, and at about 0600, sporadic fire broke out just over a small berm near the mosque, which is only about 500 meters from me. Some rounds flew right over my head, I could have reached up and grabbed them.

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Apr

April 20, 2004

Dear America,

With notions of nobility in mind, people ask me why I joined the military. I usually tell them what they want to hear. In actuality, I was pissed off that foreign terrorists had the audacity to fly three planes into highly populated buildings on American soil and drive a car bomb into the living quarters of American Marines, the same Marines that die to defend our great country’s well-being and pride. Vengeance was the taste in my mouth—the same taste in every American’s mouth following 9-11.

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Apr

April 15, 2004

Today was a little cooler. Of course, there was pollution and smog everywhere. That didn’t help my allergies any, and then the wind picked up pretty good.

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14
Apr

April 14, 2004

Hello Father,

It’s 2030 and I’m writing this under a soft blue light so the enemy can’t easily pick up on our position. The sun’s gone down, but it’s still hot and I’m still sweating.

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14
Apr

April 14, 2004

Dust of Ash, Burning my eyes
Robbing their wealth, leaking their lies.
Lies of hope, hope for peace
     hope for both sides.
Yet, consumed with hatred, suffocating
Suffocating any compassion that might remain
like the smoke pinching my eye,
     burning my nose
Satiated with the stench of trash
he odor of filth that still walks
Still stalks the streets of this city at siege
     Boredom by day, death by night.
An eerie silence, penetrated by the beat inside

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13
Apr

April 13, 2004

The night after my last entry, our section, which includes four vehicles, moved to a different location—again! They have us re-enforcing COC as security. We are overlooking a piece of the city, and we’re parked next to an abandoned apartment building and some makeshift chicken corrals. Like the rest of Iraq, there is trash everywhere. There is no disposal system. That’s probably why I don’t feel bad pissing and shitting everywhere I please.

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Apr

April 10, 2004

Alright, after my last entry, a lot happened. Crespin, Dooley, and I got orders to support a squad of grunts as they cleared some buildings suspected of having mortar spotters for the enemy. We took them out near to the city, dropped them off, and provided over watch. As we were getting into position for over watch, our throttle linkage came loose and we couldn’t move. We were ducks in the water. We were 30 meters from the city and 100 from the target Sgt. Perez had been shooting at. I get out to provide security as “Big A” fixes the track. Fifteen minutes later, we’re moving, thank God. That was a nervous situation. We felt all alone out there, but I so badly wanted to engage my M-16. I felt a definite thirst for blood.

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9
Apr

April 9, 2004

It got too dark to continue writing yesterday. Plus I was getting pictures of two enemy KIAs and the weapons cache they were in possession of—AK-47s, RPGs, etc.

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Apr

April 8, 2004

The fourth day has passed in this same location outside Fallujah. We thought we would be leaving on the third day or at least that we would move to the cloverleaf. Either way, we have yet to get any action except for mortars all around us. The closest was about 50 meters away, which is too close. We saw men on the roofs spotting the enemy’s mortar shots. We knew it and our Lt. wouldn’t let us engage! We were way pissed off!

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5
Apr

April 5, 2004

Crespin, Dooly, and I are sitting in our track right now passing the time. We are staged about 800 meters north of the city of Fallujah right now with 2nd and 3rd Sections, for a total of eight tracks, six tanks, and some Humvees. We have a company of grunts with us, and well, this is us making history.

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Apr

April 3, 2004

Hey yah,

The mortars won’t ever stop until we eventually take Fallujah, and the only way to do that is if we live inside the city, which is suicide.

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