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Jun 4th, 2012 by Richard Lowry

June Remembrance – USS Herring (SS-233)

We lost 84 brothers and the USS Herring to the sea on the first of June 1, 1944. According to Japanese records, these brave men and their submarine went down fighting, all perishing at sea[1].

Herring was a young submarine. She was under construction when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After the attack, Herring was rushed to completion – launched on January 15, 1942 and then commissioned in May. The brand new submarine participated in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, where she sank the 5,700 ton cargo ship – Ville du Harve. For the next year, she made a total of five war patrols in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, returning to New London on July 26, 1943.[2]

Two weeks later, Herring sailed for Pearl Harbor. After her transit and a stint of rigorous crew training, she sailed again on November 15th for her sixth war patrol. This time, Herring’s fury would be unleashed on the Imperial Japanese Navy. Herring sank two cargo ships on that patrol; the nearly four thousand ton Hakozaki Maru on December 14th and the sixty-one hundred ton Nagoya Maru on New Year’s Day of 1944[3].

Lieutenant Commander David Zabriskie, Jr. assumed command of Herring after her sixth patrol. Zabriskie, a Naval Academy football star, was an experienced submarine officer. He had six war patrols under his belt, on which he had participated in the sinking or damaging of seventeen enemy vessels[4]. His courage and skills on those patrols earned him a Silver Star and command of his own boat. David Zabriski, Jr, was a rising star in the US submarine service. Zabriskie, Herring and a seasoned crew set sail for the boat’s seventh patrol and on March 24, 1944, she almost sank a Japanese carrier. The carrier’s escorts detected Herring as she moved in for the kill and drove her deep before she could get a firing solution. Herring escaped the attack and returned to port to prepare for its eighth and final patrol.

Under Zabriskie’s aggressive leadership, Herring’s last patrol would prove to be her most successful. Herring motored out of the harbor at Midway Island for the last time on May 16th, 1944. She rendezvoused with USS Barb (SS-220) on May 30th and the two captains coordinated their upcoming combined operations. That night, Zabriskie and his crew encountered three Japanese cargo ships, accompanied by the Japanese destroyer escort Ishigaki. Herring attacked Ishigaki first, sinking the convoy’s only protection. Then Zabriskie turned on the Hokuyo Maru, sinking her too[5]. The other two ships bolted, but were hunted down and sunk by Barb.

Zabriskie then headed for the Japanese anchorage at Matsuwa Island. He moved in close to shore and sank two Japanese cargo ships at anchor in the shallow waters near the island on the morning of June first[6]. During the bold attack, a Japanese shore battery opened fire and Herring took two direct hits to her conning tower, mortally damaging the ship[7]. She led a short life – loved by her crew – so much so that they all battled the sea with her to the end.


[1] The Navy Department Library, Herring (SS-233) www.history.navy.mil/online/sublosses.herring.htm.

[2] Wikipedia, USS Herring (SS-233), http://en.wikipedia/wiki/USS_Herring_(SS-233).

[3] Ibid, Wikipedia.

[4] Silver Star citation for David Zabriskie, Jr., MilitaryTimes.com.

[5] Ibid, The Navy Department Library.

[6] Ibid, The Navy Department Library.

[7] Ibid, The Navy Department Library.

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Feb 19th, 2012 by Richard Lowry
An unbalanced world

Sgt Oscar Canon

An active-duty Marine major who is currently serving in Afghanistan just sent me this message. It speaks for itself:

Where is the outrage with our media and with the consumers of that media? Where are the priorities of our countrymen? A hero dies and receives not one ounce of media coverage. A drug addict dies, and flags are lowered to half-mast while receiving untold amounts of media attention. Maybe this is the way it is supposed to be.

On Valentine’s Day, former Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Oscar Canon, a Marine that I had the honor of serving with in 2004 when I commanded Company K, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, succumbed to a staff infection. That staff infection appears to have been directly tied to the 87 surgeries on his leg that stem from injuries he sustained on September 23, 2004.

I first met then Corporal (Cpl) Canon immediately after taking command of Company K in June 2004. He was impressive, competent, hard working, and eager. He absolutely loved his wife Jennie and talked about her all the time. During the initial invasion of Iraq he was referred to as “Contact Canon” because he was continuously engaged with the enemy. When we first met he was the mortar section leader in our company and had a competently trained section–not bad for an organization that is supposed to be led by a much more senior Marine wearing the rank of Staff Sergeant. During our final work ups prior to deployment a Sergeant reported in to take charge of the section, so Cpl Canon stepped down and filled the role of Gunner/Mortar Squad Leader. On Sep 23, 2004, on our last day of relief in place w/ Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, driving down the same road that E 2/1 had driven down countless times, less than 500 meters and in plain view of the observation post along Main Supply Route Mobile where Cpl Canon was to stand duty, the 7-ton in which Cpl Canon was riding struck an improvised explosive device (IED), wounding Cpl Canon and others. The IED initiated a complex ambush. Many Marines fought with valor to break the enemy’s will and save Cpl Canon.

Cpl Canon was medevac’d back to the States. He and his wife divorced and he underwent 87 surgeries on his wounded leg in an attempt to recover to normalcy. I know at one point he ran Marine Corps Marathon with a senior officer while he was still in uniform. I just learned that Canon donated his kidneys and his liver to 3 people and will be buried in Arlington in a few weeks.

Attached is a link to an NPR article written about Canon in 2005, when he had a mere 33 surgeries under his belt.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4867889

Through it all one must wonder why Canon and others like him receive no attention and why the consumers of media care about drug addicts instead of heroes that gave all defending their country. Where is the outrage?

SF
Drew

Richard S. Lowry has been writing about the Marine Corps for many years. To learn more about his writing and how to purchase his latest book, visit www.richardslowry.com.

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Mar 24th, 2011 by Richard Lowry
This Just in – 22 MEU headed to Libya

———-MEDIA ADVISORY———-
22d Marine Expeditionary Unit
Advisory #05-11
24 Mar 2011
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to deploy

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C. received deployment orders to support the commanders of the U.S. European, African and Central commands, and will leave in April.

The MEU has been instructed to deploy to relieve the 26th MEU and maintain an uninterrupted regional presence to provide the President flexibility on a full range of options. There is no speculation about possible missions nor can we provide more detail about movement of forces in the region.

With the expertise and ability to perform a wide variety of missions, the 22nd MEU provides theater commanders with flexible, agile and responsive force able to respond to potential contingencies.  Marine Expeditionary Units are fully capable to conduct a variety of missions from humanitarian assistance to non-combatant evacuations to combat operations.

The 22nd MEU will deploy with Amphibious Squadron 6, and will embark aboard the USS BATAAN (LHD-5) Amphibious Ready Group.

“We began with four different elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force,” said 22nd MEU Commanding Officer Col. Eric Steidl.  ”We are now a fully integrated MAGTF, giving the nation a potent worldwide Navy/Marine Corps response force completely capable of conducting a full range of operations from humanitarian assistance to combat.”

Over the last several months, the Marines and Sailors of the MEU conducted training across the U.S., not only in Camp Lejeune, but in Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and California.  Realistic exercises and countless hours of individual unit training were conducted during the MEU’s pre-deployment training in order to ready the Marines and sailors for deployment.

The training focused on a broad number of missions and honed the unit’s ability to plan and execute missions from U.S. Navy ships and from ashore.  This training enhanced interoperability between the Marines and their naval counterparts and formed the 22nd MEU and BATARG into a seamless Blue/Green team.

“I fully expect the Marines and sailors of the 22nd MEU will perform magnificently, and we will do this with professionalism and a mastery of the basics,” said Steidl. “The Marines and Sailors of the 22nd MEU are prepared.”

The 22nd MEU is a Marine Air Ground Task Force comprised of Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced); Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; and the Command Element.

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Feb 17th, 2011 by Richard Lowry
USS New York – Memorial Library
USS New York

USS New York

A former New York City Firefighter was invited to the commissioning of the Navy Amphibious ship, USS New York. He was so impressed with the ship and its crew that he wanted to do something to honor their service to our nation. John contacted me a few months ago to ask me if I could help him in his project.

John was assembling a collection of books to donate to the New York’s library. He wanted to provide a selection of books written about New York, its fire and police departments, 9/11 and the current war on terror. John wanted to make it a world-class collection, worthy of filling the shelves of USS New York’s library. And, he wanted to have each of the books autographed by the author. That’s why John contacted me. He asked me if I would sign a copy of New Dawn.

The USS New York LPD21 is taking the war on terror to our enemies. USS New York, whose bow is forged from 75 tons of steel of the fallen World Trade Center, is now an active participant in the Navy/Marine, Blue/Green team. New York can carry 1,000 Marines and their equipment to any hotspot in the world and can forward deploy as part of an Amphibious Ready Group to stand ready near potential hot spots.

The Blue/Green team provides the United States military with a unique capability. They provide a mobile platform that has staying power anywhere in the world. And, while remaining in international waters, they can send a message without creating an international incident. They provide a credible deterrent because they stand ready to protect Americans, provide disaster relief, or project American military force where necessary.

It is safe to assume that at least one Marine Expeditionary Unit is afloat today and they are standing ready to evacuate American citizens from Egypt, Bahrain or Tunisia.

Only the Navy/Marine team can provide the expeditionary capability needed in our turmoil trodden future. Multi-million dollar fighter jets won’t protect us from the hazards of the 21st Century but the Navy/Marine team stands ready to deal with real crises now and in the foreseeable future.

Please help John and me to promote USS New York’s new library. If you know an author of books that would be appropriate for this library, please contact me through my website at www.newdawnbook.com.

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Jan 29th, 2011 by Richard Lowry
Cairo’s rioting in the streets

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”[1]

Cairo

Cairo

The people rarely benefit from modern-day revolutions. Typically, the people who mass in the streets to protest are the pawns of back-room power brokers who are scheming to grab power for themselves.

Mao, Che, Fidel and the Ayatollah Khomeini all used the people to consolidate their power and to gain prestige and personal wealth. And, they did it at the expense of the people.

Today, we are seeing social unrest in many third-world nations. Surely, the people in these countries have legitimate concerns and are worried about where their next meal is coming from. These people are on the edge of despair and have long-ago lost hope that their children will have a brighter future. Their minds are ripe for harvest by religious and political radicals.

While the scenes of protest in the streets in Cairo and Tunis are compelling, the real stories lie in backrooms. Who are the real instigators in this story? Answer that question and you will be able to predict the real outcome.


[1] The Wizard of Oz.

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Jan 25th, 2011 by Richard Lowry
General Petraeus provides campaign assessment to troops

Afghanistan PetraeusGeneral David Petraeus has recently provided his assessment of the current situation in Afghanistan to his troops. Please take the time to read the entire document. It is not often that you get the entire story from the media. If you are lucky, they will provide one, or two, sentences:

General Petraeus’ Assessment

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Jan 14th, 2011 by Richard Lowry
Twenty years since Desert Storm

coverIt is difficult for me to believe that January 16th will mark the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. It is one of few historical events that stand out in my life. I remember our first man in space and the Cuban Missile crises. I remember walking across the football field in my high school and someone coming up to tell me, “The President has been shot!” I remember walking between buildings at work in Orlando and looking up to see a large ball of smoke where the space shuttle Discovery once was.

Most everyone remembers where they were when they first learned that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I was arriving at my office with my wife. I had pulled into my parking space when the newsman broke in and said, “We have just received a report that a plane has crashed into a building in New York City. We will have more on tomorrow’s news cast.” I don’t think any news event in history could have been more under-reported at that moment. Within minutes, America knew that this was no ordinary incident.

And, I remember the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. I had been following the events in Kuwait since Saddam invaded the tiny oil emirate in the previous summer. I had closely followed the American military deployments and when I stepped on an airplane on the morning of January 16th, I knew that the war would be starting soon. I was on business travel, flying from Orlando to Los Angeles to make a presentation to a perspective customer – the Air Force Space Command.

We landed in Los Angeles in mid-afternoon and I checked the television in the closest bar to my gate when I got off the plane – nothing. I collected my luggage and rode the bus to the rental car parking lot. I got into my car and turned on the radio to hear the first report that planes were in the air and Operation Desert Storm had begun. I remember it like it was yesterday, but it was twenty years ago.

When the Operation was over, seven weeks later, I sat dumbfounded. The media did not give us the details of the fight. I immediately started researching to learn the details of our fight to eject Saddam from Kuwiat. And, twelve years later, I published “The Gulf War Chronicles.” Following is an excerpt from chapter 1:

THE FIRST NIGHT: THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES

Before midnight on the 16th of January 1991, the wheels had been set in motion for the most devastating air attack in history. Ships carrying Tomahawk missiles were in their assigned launch positions. E-3 Sentry, Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft were flying in four surveillance racetracks just south of the Saudi/Iraqi border. One hundred eighty tankers were orbiting south of the AWACS, just out of range of the Iraqi early warning radar. Fixed wing and rotary aircraft were being readied for battle.

The staggering firepower of the United States Armed Forces had been brought to bear on the northern Saudi Arabian border in just a little over five months. The Marines were concentrated along the Persian Gulf and thinly dispersed along the Kuwaiti border in small, fast moving screening units. These Marines were mounted in High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs). The forward units were deployed to signal advance warning of Iraqi offensive thrusts into Saudi Arabia. Farther to the south, the remainder of the American force was positioned for counterattacks on advancing Iraqis or massed around forward supply and air bases. Every airfield within striking distance of Iraq and Kuwait was crammed full of Allied aircraft.

Six Navy Aircraft carriers ringed Iraq in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. Hundreds of aircraft from America’s newest F-117A Nighthawks, to the venerable B-52 Stratofortresses, were being readied for war. The airfields were so crowded that there was no room for the B-52s. They would fly their first missions directly from their bases in Spain, Diego Garcia, and even Louisiana.

The largest logistic chain in history stretched from Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf all the way back to both coasts of the United States. The pipe was full. Supplies and additional heavy armor units from the United States and Europe continued to pour in to Saudi Arabia. The hammer was cocked. There were rounds in the chamber and the trigger was being squeezed.

January 17th heralded the culmination of years of acquisitions of high-tech systems and the build-up of a highly motivated and trained all-volunteer professional military; months of deployments, planning, and “sharpening the sword”; weeks of diplomacy; and days of tension. The U.S. was planning to fight a four dimensional war (Air-Land Battle) for the first time. It was to be orchestrated in a precise time sequence. The Iraqis, on the other hand, were preparing to fight a two dimensional war of attrition. They had no concept of air superiority, timing or tempo. The Coalition would fight World War III while the Iraqis would fight World War I.

At 0001 on the 17th, two-dozen F-117 Stealth fighters from the 415th Tactical Fighter Squadron started taking off from a secret airbase located deep in the mountains of Saudi Arabia. These ultra-high tech aircraft would lead the manned air assault deep into Iraq. Within an hour, over three hundred additional attack aircraft began taking off from aircraft carriers and airbases all over the Persian Gulf. These attack aircraft were refueled and stacked up south of the Saudi border like jets on approach to O’Hare airport on a snowy Christmas Eve. At exactly 0140 the USS Wisconsin started launching Tomahawk Cruise missiles to join other Tomahawks being launched from the USS San Jacinto in the Red Sea. Tomahawk missiles would be the first to penetrate Iraqi airspace, flying under the radar and racing toward their targets at an altitude of fifty to one hundred feet above the terrain. The Tomahawks were launched at precise times so that they would reach their targets in concert with the rest of the first attack.

At a remote base in Western Saudi Arabia two teams (each consisting of four AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 101st Air Assault Division and an Air Force Pave Low helicopter from the 20th Special Operations Squadron) took off at approximately 0100. Each Apache was armed with four Hellfire missiles, two 2.75-inch rocket pods containing fleshettes and 1,100 rounds of 30mm ammunition.

The Pave Low helicopters accompanied the Apaches to provide the GPS navigation needed for the mission, additional Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) and rescue capability. This small but deadly force, commanded by Army Lieutenant Colonel Richard Cody, was code named TASK FORCE NORMANDY in honor of the “Screaming Eagle’s” spearhead operations nearly a half century earlier behind the beaches in France.

At 0215, the two teams of TASK FORCE NORMANDY crossed the border into Iraq in separate locations. Their objectives were two Early Warning RADAR facilities in Western Iraq. The Apaches of the 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment approached their objectives at high speed, acquired their targets at the maximum range of their night vision sensors, locked on with their lasers, dropped down to only a few feet above the ground, and advanced on the objectives ‘low and slow’. All the lights in both facilities were on, suggesting that the Apaches’ approach had not been detected. When the Apaches came within range they ripple-launched their Hellfire missiles.

At exactly 0238, the first missile struck its target “like a thunderbolt from the skies.” Several missiles knocked out the facilities’ electric power generators. The Apaches (firing twenty-seven Hellfire missiles) destroyed radar antennas, operations centers, generators, and barracks. All of the missiles hit their targets. When the Apaches ran out of Hellfire missiles, they raked the area with rockets and thousands of rounds of 30-mm cannon fire. Both facilities were disabled within thirty seconds and completely destroyed in less than four minutes! Eight U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles streaked into Iraq behind TASK FORCE NORMANDY and destroyed the local air defense command and control center. These three attacks created a twenty-mile wide blackened radar corridor for our attack planes to enter Iraq.

Within minutes, F-117 s from the 415th Tactical Fighter Squadron bombed a radar control center one hundred sixty miles southwest of Baghdad, a radar facility in western Iraq, and an air defense site outside Baghdad extending the corridor farther into Iraq. Swarms of waiting attack aircraft then swept north through the corridor and fanned out toward their targets. EF-111 Ravens, EA-6B Prowlers, and EC-130 Compass Call Aircraft led the charge through the night sky. These electronic marvels of the night bombarded Iraq’s surveillance and communications equipment with billions of electrons. The Compass Call aircraft attacked the communications airwaves, disrupting military radio traffic. The Ravens and Prowlers targeted surveillance and air defense radars. F-14 Tomcats and F-15C Eagles raced into Iraq to their assigned Combat Air Patrol (CAP) areas. Their mission was to fly cover for the allied planes and engage any approaching Iraqi aircraft.

Air Force Captain Steve Tate approached Baghdad in his F-15C, along with his four wingmen just before 0300. Their assigned CAP area was over Baghdad and extending sixty miles to the east of the city. Captain Tate had a bird’s eye view for the opening moments of the war. “Baghdad was a really pretty city that night. As we started flying over the populous areas…F-117 s started dropping their bombs and then we started getting concussions all over the entire country. You could see it. At that point then, the sky started lighting up with AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery)…It looked like little sparkles going off all over…I figured we had some kind of cosmic weapon system out there just sprinkling all over the city…Then I started looking a little closer and I said, man-that’s triple-A that they’re shooting.” Shortly after 0300, Captain Tate was alerted to the approach of an Iraqi fighter, by an AWACS controller. He maneuvered his plane into attack position. At 0315 he shot down an Iraqi F1 Mirage with a single radar-guided Sparrow missile. This was the first air-to-air kill of the war and one of nine Iraqi aircraft to be shot down on the first night.

Read the entire story of Operation Desert Storm in Richard S. Lowry’s first published book – The Gulf War Chronicles.

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Jan 1st, 2011 by Richard Lowry
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Aug 19th, 2010 by Richard Lowry
Operation New Dawn begins
New Dawn

New Dawn

American combat operations have ceased and our work in Iraq has shifted to a support role under a new operation name. Now, with the departure of the last combat battalion, the effort will change to Operation New Dawn.

When LTG Thomas Metz, CG of The Phantom Brigade, began preparations for the final fight to free Fallujah in 2004, he named the US military Operation – Phantom Fury. Generals Metz and Casey worked very hard to bring the Iraqi Army on board. They wanted the new Iraqi Army to become a partner in Operation Phantom Fury and to help bring peace and stability to Fallujah.

When the Iraqi Army made the commitment to participate, they assigned their own name to the Operation – Al Fajr or “The Dawn.” Al Fajr is a passage in the Koran. It speaks of wrongdoers returning to the graces of Allah and of a “New Dawn” of peace and enlightenment.

I could have easily named my book “The Dawn,” but I took literary license and used NEW DAWN. There has never been an operation named “New Dawn.” The 2004 attack on Fallujah was Operation al Fajr.

Earlier this year, after reading an advance copy of New Dawn, General David Petraeus requested that the name of America’s operations in Iraq be renamed. Today, the Iraqis are free to forge their own destiny and Operation Iraqi Freedom is over. Many wrongdoers have returned to the graces of Allah and there is a New Dawn of hope for the Iraqi people.

But, in the words of one of the 21st Century’s foremost experts in counterinsurgent warfare, David Kilcullen, ““In modern counterinsurgency, ‘victory’ may not be final…”

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Jul 22nd, 2010 by Richard Lowry
Fallujah birth defects
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SABOT Round

For months now, I have been reading post after post on the internet about “American war crimes in Fallujah.” I have carefully read many of these articles. Many show photos and videos of horribly disfigured children and now many are citing studies that indicate a higher rate of still births and birth defects than is normal in other parts of the world. These statistics, photographs and videos are disturbing but I have never read one credible connection to the Coalition’s fight to free Fallujah from the grip of murderers, criminals and al Qaeda terrorists.

Many of the people posting point to the United States Military’s use of depleted uranium. As a military historian, I am familiar with the US Army and Marines use of DU weapons. Before the Gulf War in 1991, the American military was preparing for a Soviet Armored assault into Europe. At the time, the Soviets had thousands of tanks. So, in response to this threat, the United States developed many tank-killing weapons.

You have to be able to punch through several inches of high-tech armor in order to disable a tank. So, American engineers searched for a high density coating that was stronger than steel. They developed SABOT tank rounds for the new M1 tank. A SABOT round is a canister filled with a projecting charge that can hurl a high-density dart at supersonic speeds toward its target. That high-density dart is a solid depleted uranium and titanium alloy rod.

The A-10 Thunderbolt was armed with a 30mm cannon that could also shoot DU rounds. Our Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Light Armored vehicles also had the capability to kill tanks with 25mm DU rounds. Our military stockpiled DU ammunition in Europe to repel a massive armored assault.

Then, in 1991, the US Army and Marines faced five Iraqi Republican Guard divisions ladened with Soviet tanks. A-10 aircraft and M1 tanks killed hundreds of Iraqi tanks with DU and SABOT rounds.

In 2003, we faced Iraqi armored divisions again, so A-10s roamed the skies ahead of the American invasion and M1 Abrams tanks probably carried some SABOT rounds (although, I have no personal data describing tank ammunition loads during the initial invasion). The 2003 invasion force stayed far away from Fallujah. Baghdad and Tikrit were the targets.

I spent three years researching the battles for Fallujah. I have spoken to tankers, Light Armored Vehicle Marines and Bradley commanders and I have obtained logistic reports. Nowhere, in all my extensive research, have I found a single piece of data to indicate that SABOT or DU rounds were even carried in the armored vehicles that were used in Fallujah. Furthermore, no A-10s were ever used in Fallujah.

My research not withstanding, it makes no military sense to employ DU munitions in an urban environment. They are tank-killing weapons and the enemy had no armored vehicles in Fallujah. A DU projectile would travel through wall-after-wall, leaving a golf cup size hole. They wouldn’t do much damage and would do little more than scare the enemy. The benefits of using DU would not justify the expense.

So, lets all drop the discussion of DU causing all the birth defects in Fallujah. It is fantasy.

That begs the question. What could have caused this tragedy? Let me refer you all to an article I found many months ago produced by CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/05/world/main4235028.shtml Tuwaitha is less than 50 miles from Fallujah. Is it possible that Saddam wreaked this havoc on his own people?

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Since 9/11, Richard S. Lowry’s mission has been to tell as many of these stories as is possible. He has strived to tell the stories of decorated heroes and of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, as well as just plain ordinary men and women who are serving their nation in these turbulent times. He has recorded the story of Operation Desert Storm and the 2003 battle of Nasiriyah in three published books. Now, he is about to release his most compelling book yet. New Dawn: The Battles for Fallujah. It tells the story of America’s sons and daughters at war in the 21st Century. It tells the story of the largest fight of the war in Iraq. It is the first book to tell the entire story of Operation Phantom Fury and it honors many of the men and women who fought to free Fallujah. Their sacrifices turned the tide of the war in Iraq.

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