First Hand Account

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    This is something I got from a friend of mine. It's a first hand account from Fallujah, Iraq by LtCol Willy Buhl.


    Mud Marine sends:
    Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 8:14 AM
    Subject: UPDATE (UNCLASSIFIED)




    Gentlemen, Forward to our 3-1 buddies as you see fit.

    We put a whipping on a group yesterday that opened up on one of our
    mounted patrols from India Company after detonating an IED. The IED
    was a 155mm round that fortunately hit armor and tires on a 7-ton
    truck. The Marines in all vehicles immediately returned fire,
    dismounted and closed with the enemy. We killed three and wounded
    four and captured a five more after a Sgt threw two frags in a room
    and they came out with their hands up from another room. All but one
    of the EPWs appeared to be workers caught in the wrong place at the
    wrong time. Sure enough, however, we found over 300 155mm
    shells buried on the grounds of this place. In the midst of the
    action, Kilo Company's QRF arrived to join in the fight. Great
    cooperation by all and we had a Harrier aloft with 500lb bombs and
    his cannon itching for the go ahead. I strongly considered it as an
    example and radioed to the ground commander not to take any undue
    risks with his men but it all worked out. Our Marines were engaged by
    at least four different weapons systems from this structure to
    include two RPKs simultaneously. When we finally cleared
    it after some minutes, killing and capturing as described, we could
    not find any weapons or brass. The KIAs, however, all tested positive
    for gunpowder residue on their hands, as did one of the EPWs.
    Thorough search couldn't locate any spider holes, secret doors, etc.
    There were quite a few "Jihad" graffiti notes inside the building
    though, and some drugs and syringes. The Kharma Iraqi Police who can
    never be found when there's a fight showed up immediately after
    casualties were taken by the enemy. This continues to
    reinforce to me that they are entirely embedded in the insurgency. The
    Kharma Ntl Guard troops have a check point just down the hill in view
    of IED and ran behind cover when the shooting started. We have some
    good ones in another town that we're training but these troops are
    dirty and well penetrated by the enemy. We cannot rely on them for
    anything. Kharma is an evil suburb of Fallujah. Later in the evening
    the enemy tried to attack Kilo Company with RPGs and small arms
    without effect. We returned a heavy volume of fire and cleared
    the structures where we took fire from to find no one, though we did
    find brass this time! 122mm rocket landed outside the fence some
    distance off as I am typing shook my hootch. We've begun to receive
    our first combat replacements, with 14 arriving last night. SgtMajor
    and I are going to visit our wounded in Baghdad today, see
    how our Iraqi Ntl Guard troops and CAP Plt is doing in a neighboring
    town,and then attend the memorial service for Sgt Juan Calderone,
    Jr., of Lima Company, who was killed in an IED blast a few days ago.
    We are hitting back hard when the opportunity presents itself and
    yesterday was a celebration for all hands.

    Semper Fi,
    Willy
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: NONE
     
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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Appreciate you sharing that.

    I guess I've been out long enough that I'm no longer fluent in acronym speak. What the hell is an EPW?
     
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    Enemy Prisoner of War.

    Great e-mail jimmy. Post more if you get them!
     

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