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Shaffer
07-30-03, 09:30 AM
Careful what you wish for.

Just like the Marines in Charlie Company, I wanted to see action. We all knew the risks, but we were eager to get into the fight.

On March 26, along Ambush Alley in An Nasiriyah, we got what we asked for -- in spades.

As the convoy cleared the south bridge over the Euphrates River, we were ambushed. Iraqi soldiers sprayed us with gunfire from a line of woods to the right, and the Marines began blasting back.

The noise was blistering. You don't know loud until you've been in a close-quarters firefight. Think of firecrackers going off in your living room -- big firecrackers.

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