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April 18, 2005

In Case You Missed This Story

[T]hat's the critical error the insurgents made. They thought they could keep the Marines' heads down. But he gets back up.
Hell yah.

Three important lessons for the would-be terrorist, from this story:

1. This is why we shoot when a vehicle doesn't stop.

2. Terrorist attacks are becoming fewer in number, but sometimes reflect more sophisticated planning.

3. Marines will still kill their ass dead.

Knocked down by that blast, with bricks and sandbags collapsing on top of him, [Lance Cpl. Joshua] Butler struggled to his feet only to hear a large diesel engine roar amid the clatter of gunfire. It was a red fire engine, carrying a second suicide bomber and passenger. Butler says both were wearing black turbans and robes, often worn by religious martyrs.

Amid the chaos of that first bomb blast, supported by gunfire from an estimated 30 dismounted insurgents, the fire engine passed largely undetected on a small road that leads from town directly past the camp wall, according a Marine report.

'I couldn't see him at first because of the smoke. It was extremely thick from the first explosion,' Butler says. When the fire engine cleared the smoke, it was much closer than the dump truck had been.

As the driver accelerated past the 'Welcome to Iraq' sign inside the camp's perimeter, Butler says he fired 100 rounds into the vehicle. The Marines later discovered the vehicle was equipped with 3-inch, blast-proof glass and the passengers were wearing Kevlar vests under their robes.

Pfc. Charles Young, 21, also of Altoona, Pa., hit the fire engine with a grenade launcher, slowing its progress and giving Butler time to recover. Without breaching the camp wall, the driver detonated the fire engine, sending debris flying up to 400 yards and knocking Marines from their bunks several hundred yards away. Butler, less than 50 yards away, again was knocked down by the blast, which partially destroyed the tower in which he was perched. After he crawled for cover, a third suicide bomber detonated outside the camp. That blast caused no damage or injuries. Sporadic fighting continued for several hours.

Meanwhile, Cpl. Anthony Fink of Columbus, Ohio, 21, fired a grenade launcher that the Marine unit says killed 11 insurgents. The Marines' 'React Squad' swiftly deployed against the remaining insurgents.

'We were able to get the momentum back,' Diorio says. He also says that Husaybah townspeople later reported 21 insurgents dead and 15 wounded. No Marines were seriously hurt.

Posted by annika, Apr. 18, 2005 |
Rubric: annikapunditry


Being a Cali-girl, and a Berkley Bear, you wouldn't know that we grow these fellows by the bushel out in the midwest. Those with an adventurous red blooded spirit, go off and join the Marines. Playing football has a lot to do with it.

I think that it was General Holcomb who after WWII, when Truman was trying to disband the Marine Corps, went and testified before Congress, and closed debate when he said, "Our Corps has a history of long and storied traditions, of which the bended knee has never been one."

Posted by: Casca on Apr. 18, 2005

My bday is the same as that of the Corps...which is really nothing compared to the actual sacrifice shown by those young guys wearing the uniform.

Posted by: Scof on Apr. 18, 2005

Ooh-fuckin'-rah! Get some, Devil Dogs!

Semper Fi!

Posted by: Matt on Apr. 19, 2005