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Combat Report - Iraq

Discussion in 'Legal' started by 280PLUS, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    From a Non-Pentagon nameless source of unknown ranking :D

    Combat Report from Col Bob Chase, G3, 2dMarDiv in Iraq Robert

    Chase wrote:

    Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 21:39:50 -0700 (PDT) -

    Was talking to Gino and he asked for some details on the MATADOR fight.
    Figured, by now since many of you might have caught some of the
    interviews, you'd like to hear, 'the rest of the story..."

    Matador is now officially over, supposedly, they were going to fight our
    way back and destroy us. Guess they missed the turn at the dairy queen.
    We are back and the final tally was Good Guys
    125+ enemy dead, many more wounded, and 39 detainees of some
    significant value. The bad guys, who talk a real good game 9 Killed (6
    in the one Amtrak) and 30 wounded (most will return to duty). Not a bad
    weeks work.

    As we have said, our intent was to make ourselves big by leveraging our
    firepower and mobility. This area was a real ????? hole for AMZ
    criminals. We knew it, 1st Division knew it, but working it on a regular
    basis was tough. We kept some recon there and got the timing pretty
    well, brought up a bridging unit from the Army in Baghdad, then went
    across in the middle of the night (that was probably the only part that
    didn't go on sked - the bank gradient was poorly assessed), but we had
    near and far-side security already in and a blocking position near the
    Syrian Border.

    The enemy figured out after about 4 hours that we were there in force.
    They came down with about 100 fighters (no, scratch that they were
    TARGETS) and made the poor decision to take on a battalion in open
    ground. They withdrew. We went after them into a place called Ubaydi.
    Many mounted boats and tried to escape N, we pushed Air and the Cobras
    sunk a bunch of trash-barges that night. Meanwhile, we continued to push
    west across the river.

    Our far-side units started to see pockets of insurgents move to key
    areas to emplace mines/IEDs. They came out, snipers took them out; their
    friends came for the bodies; they, joined them on the deck permanently.

    The force started getting the tanks and LAVs across later than we had
    hoped; but when they did, our first casualties came at a high-rise where
    the enemy had prepared positions; a platoon moved in under fire, 2
    Marines, a SSGT and a LCPL were first in the hatch and received a burst
    of MG fire. As the unit assumed they were dead (no additional fire/no
    one came out), they lit up the house and dropped it with a couple of
    500-pounders. As we moved to recover our Marines (NO ONE LEFT BEHIND),
    we discovered that the LCPL, though wounded was still alive (he is
    serious, but stable). Unfortunately the SSGT had taken a round to the
    grape and had been killed by the initial burst.

    We moved on; portions of the task force moving along known rat- lines
    and others working intel developed in the cities of Ramana and Karabila.
    Fighting was sporadic, intense, and one-sided in outcome. We followed
    individuals into buildings; we leveled the buildings; all night, every
    night. Marine Air had eyes up and shooters on-station talk about a
    guardian angel! Each night we re-assessed, looked at the intel and
    developed the next target sets. We stayed down there until a few days
    ago; then shifted to a series of caves in the north. The caves were on
    an escarpment and rumors abound about whether these were, Bin-Laden like
    Answer no, mostly small caches and some protection from about everything
    but a hellfire with a laser designator. We exploited some and closed
    most of them permanently. The enemy propaganda talked a lot about how
    they were going to kill us as we retreated etc., they showed pictures of
    devastation in Al Qaim (caused by an intramural fight between the tribes
    and foreign fighters, no
    less) and blamed the Americans. Al Jazeera called to speak to me and
    interviewed me twice on air. Yes, I called the enemy cowards, again,
    that hid behind women and children in the cities and caused their death
    by their cowardice. Played well, enemy swore they had captured/killed
    the enemy commander. Went on again last night to ridicule them for their
    lies and continued fear of death, told them the destruction of AQ was
    evidence that, the noble tribes of Iraq also reject those that deface
    their holy places and dishonor their dead. We'll see if a wanted poster
    appears tomorrow. Bad news is, they still didn't get p!ssed off enough
    to come out and play.

    We went back across the river without incident, decided to poke a stick
    in Ubaydi (where the big fight was), just ONE MORE TIME before we left.
    NOTHING, they wanted no part of these Marines again. We're all back at
    base camps and Forward operating Bases, maintaining, cleaning, talking
    ?????, and prepping for the next smackdown!

    NBC interviewed me again, last night, good stuff, but they harped on the
    casualties. I told them it was war; they wanted to know if a whole squad
    was killed in the track. As I told them a squad's worth of Marines were
    killed/hurt (6 KIA, 14 WIA) but it was NOT the catastrophic loss of a
    squad (it was a HQ track). NBC wanted to know how to refer to them, as a
    squad, company, etc., I told them, pretty bluntly, refer to them for
    what they will always be:
    US MARINES! They continued to push (I was starting to become a bit
    agitated); they wanted to know how we considered this a success with the
    deaths. I nearly lost it and how would we remember them, would there be
    a ceremony? You know what happens when I get into this mode thought you
    might appreciate the

    We can never replace a fellow Marine or best friend, but I can attest
    that he died doing what we all hope to be doing as Marines, they were
    advancing, leading, and setting the example, they were being MARINES! It
    may not matter in the grand scheme of things to anyone but us, but we
    are singularly proud that we have and know Marines that fought and died
    like these. We remember and memorialize them and keep them alive every
    single time we put on this uniform -- we are just honored to wear the
    same eagle, globe, and anchor as these warrior/heroes. We don't make
    policy, we don't decide on the fight, but we do fight and win. And when
    we win, it is because every one of these Marines fights with us in
    spirit, and we will not, we cannot let them down. To we Marines, Semper
    Fidelis is more than a motto. It was to them, and to us who were
    privileged to fight with them, a way of life.

    Not sure that will get on the tube. Unfortunate, because I think we
    should all be such Marines when our time comes.

    S/F, Bob [Chase]
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2005
  2. Arc-Lite

    Arc-Lite Active Member

    Dec 2, 2004
    280...thanks for sharing this letter, still makes my throat tight, with respect...for a warrior, doing a warriors job....so similar to all battles, just with a name change of the AO.... honor, is universal...among the honorable, give my blessing to your bud.... ........... >De Oppresso Liber<
  3. dasmi

    dasmi Senior Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    NBC disgusts me. You can bet they will edit out, or at least hack up his closing comments.

    I guess they aren't entirely stupid.
    These people are insane. They cannot comprehend someone giving their life for something they believe in, or even something that is their duty, even if they disagree. Yes, Marines dying is very sad, and I wish it never had to happen, but that does not mean the mission was a failure. Stupid NBC...
  4. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    You're welcome

    Glad to do it.

    He's not in direct contact with me but I'll pass it back up the line, Thank you!

  5. Arc-Lite

    Arc-Lite Active Member

    Dec 2, 2004
    dasmi... you hit on something deep.....most people have NEVER been so commited to something...that they were willing to risk it ALL....once you have tasted that, life becomes a different place...seen threw new eyes.
  6. dasmi

    dasmi Senior Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    That's just it. Most people do not understand what duty and commitment mean. They can't fathom giving up personal comfort and safety for someone, or something else.
  7. Arc-Lite

    Arc-Lite Active Member

    Dec 2, 2004
    ...when you deny the reality of life, you appreciate it less.
  8. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    I'm going to forward the link for this thread to my friend, maybe it will get back to the Col.

    No guarantees I'm afraid.

    Just heard from him, he will likewise forward back the way it came.

  9. rock jock

    rock jock Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    In the moment
    The insurgents may be committed, but they will never have what our Marines have....honor.
  10. bg

    bg Active Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    When you find out, let me know..
    Should this thread get to those who are sticking their necks out and
    taking care of business for our Nation, I just wanted to say thanks
    for your service, God Bless, and get home soonest ! Words can't
    describe how proud I am of these Marines and our other Military
  11. BigG

    BigG Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Semper fi, Devil Dogs! Thanks for passing on the good news, 280Plus!
  12. IZinterrogator

    IZinterrogator Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Huachuca City/Fort Huachuca, AZ
    All I have to say is wow. Nice to know that there will always be Americans willing to live up to my sig line.

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