1st Marine Division, Division Forward COC, March 20-23, 2003
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    Question 1st Marine Division, Division Forward COC, March 20-23, 2003


    I'm researching the combat history of the 1st Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq, specifically the period March 20-23, 2003.

    One aspect or level of detail I've not been able to find is any reference to specific engagements by the division's forward COC during that period. In other words, during that period was the forward COC ever engaged in a firefight or otherwise directly under fire by the enemy during that period?

    I've read a few unit histories and general histories on the subject, but have come up empty so far on this detail. There's one source that strongly implies that the COC was engaged at some point but no details which seems weird. One would think that such an event would be of note.

    Thanks in advance for any help folks can provide. I certainly appreciate it!

    Best Regards,
    A Curios (and frustrated!) Armchair Historian

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    Squad Leader Platinum Member Zulu 36's Avatar
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    I recall reading about the 1stMarDiv forward headquarters being attacked in Desert Storm during the advance through the burning oil wells in Kuwait in 1991. A light armored vehicle company assigned as security was instrumental in beating off the attack.

    I don't remember reading about anything similar in 2003. Could be, but I don't recall.

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    Thank you for your reply Zulu 36, I truly appreciate it.

    I believe that you're correct about GW1.

    Re: OIF, I still can't find anyone or anything indicating that the COC came under attack. In fact, the only indirect reference I have is that an individual who served with the COC during the period in question received the CAR and that was the only period during his entire career during which he could have earned the CAR (I'd rather not name the individual to honor his privacy and service.)

    I guess it's not a big deal, just one of those mysteries that would seem to be easily solvable but to date has proven insurmountable! :-)

    Thanks again!!!

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