Monday, June 14, 2004

Good Friends 
Five Iraqi soldiers--members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, were decorated for saving the life of a marine when their joint patrol was ambushed near Fallujah in May.

The awards, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals — all with combat “V”s — were presented by Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of the 1st Marine Division, and Col. John Toolan, who commands Regimental Combat Team 1.

According to award citations provided by 1st Marine Division, the Iraqi riflemen and members of Charlie and Bravo companies, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from Camp Pendleton, Calif., came under fire about 9 p.m. May 30 in Kharma, a village near Fallujah.

When gunfire struck one Marine in his lower left leg, ICDC Pvts. Kather Nazar Abbas and Imad Abid Zeid Jassim rushed to his aid and dragged him to safety. Both soldiers continued firing at the enemy gunmen while a Navy corpsman treated the wounded Marine, who was not identified.

The Iraqi soldiers’ gunfire and fire support from three other Iraqi troops ultimately drove the gunmen from the area.

This according to the Navy Times.

No, the New York Times doesn't have the story. It's been three days.

This link comes courtesy of the latest addition to the Mil-Blogs ring, Digital Marine.

Semper Fi, Mac.

Splash, out


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