posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 08:55 PM
Hey ya'll. I don't know if many of you remember me, but I shipped out to Iraq about 8 months ago. I only kept up a journal for about a month, but
after that things got a bit hectic. Anyways, here's a little overview of what happened.
It was uneventful for the first few months. I was assigned as a battalion aide, and put in command of a platoon. I was re-assigned to Kirkuk, where I
spent my entire in-country experience. I led routine patrols, took small arms fire, and even experienced a mortar attack during my time. At about
month six, with only two months left of my deployment, one of the saddest days occurred that I can remember. We were just west, outside of the city,
cruising along in a patrol. Everything was going fine, I was with my platoon, spirits were generally high, and the patrol was almost over. We were
about to head back in when we began taking sporatic fire. Five minutes into the firefight, I got a call on the horn, and heard some horrible news. One
of my team leaders had called for a field medic. I knew we had problems when I heard that. I rushed to see what had happened, and when I got there I
saw a former young man; confident, strong, and proud. Unfortunately, that wasn't going to be enough on that particular day. He took a round to the
back of the neck, where the kevlar is designed to stop shrapnel hits, rather than direct fire. He was dead on the spot. The fire fight went on for
another ten minutes or so, when we could tell that the enemy was starting to lose its backbone. The fire was beginning to die down, and as it did a
medevac flew in. They took the young man out, and we went for the opforce we had encountered. All told, we confirmed seven enemy combatants KIA. One
U.S. soldier KIA, and one wounded with a graze.
That was the most memorable experience I can remember. However, not all was bad. I still encountered smiling children who were grateful for U.S.
All in all, its' tough over there. Without a doubt, the men and women serving over there are giving it their all. However, I deeply think that the
media (maybe especially the U.S. outlets) are exaggerating the situation over there. At least that is my opinion after my experience.
Anyways, thanks for listening and after eight months being absent from the world of ATS, I'm glad to be back.
[edit on 5-6-2006 by WeBDeviL]