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  • there is no going back to the person that I was before I did the dam.

  • This was unlike any mission we'd been taught about in Ranger history.

  • We sent 100 guys and they had, like, a battalion, So we were outnumbered.

  • My chief here was, um are gonna have the guts to go forward.

  • You're gonna have that that courage has a 19 year old private.

  • Well, I was truly gave myself into I had no clue.

  • The Haditha Dam was essentially very important strategic point for the invasion of Iraq.

  • It provided one of the only main highways across the Euphrates.

  • It provided hydroelectric power to the western half of Iraq.

  • The initial fear was that the Iraqi army might sabotage the dam and actually flood the entire city of Geetha.

  • This would be disastrous to the people there, but it would also be disastrous to the invasion.

  • The idea was that it would go very, quite simple, and we would seize this hard point and then hold on to it for about 30 hours.

  • And then by then the conventional forces would believe us.

  • And so things just didn't quite go that way.

  • As you pull up to the damn.

  • I remember seeing it for the first time, and it was just so huge.

  • The structure itself was how many stories?

  • But it's in the double digits.

  • I'm sure I need The dam was about two miles long, about 150 feet tall.

  • Okay, Way.

  • Pull it to the damn.

  • My platoon was tasked with taking a series of buildings on near side.

  • As we approached, we saw some members of the Iraqi army, which we sit tight and detained.

  • And we're preparing to take the rest of the hydroelectric facility you know, were hoping we could do it quietly.

  • Don't even think about the fact that I was shooting until after I fired 45 rounds.

  • And, you know, we always stop shooting because their targets weren't standing any longer.

  • It took probably a good 30 seconds to realize that we just shot somebody.

  • It was all those things that always I thought about it, you know, going in the infantry, engaging, you know, the enemy is something that you're supposed to look forward to.

  • Something I always wondered if I'd have the ability to do.

  • And you know, when it happened, it didn't feel like the way I thought it would feel.

  • E didn't really feel anything.

  • Yeah, it didn't feel real at the time.

  • You know, I didn't feel any different than training, and then it just, you know, before I really had time to let it all sink in the battle, you know, kind of just erupted.

  • All of a sudden, these RPGs are flying up in the air and air bursting over us.

  • We began doing gun runs overhead.

  • Must have woke up the village, and everybody knew that we were there.

  • And this thing became the scariest mission that I had ever been on in my life.

  • Felt almost overwhelming at that point because the far got so accurate.

  • One of our Rangers look to peek over his position and at that point was hit by a large piece of shrapnel.

  • Immediately that the call from Medic came as we're running.

  • Remember, rounds continue to come in.

  • We'd run, you will hear the round coming.

  • We'd have to hit the dirt.

  • We get back up, start writing again.

  • When I got there, they had I'm leaning up against the wall.

  • You know, I never I had kind of expecting something manageable.

  • You know, I wasn't inspect expecting you?

  • Nope.

  • Entering head trauma.

  • You know, I felt like I froze all of a sudden.

  • It was with reality, you know?

  • Was was I was scared, you know, Like, it was the worst thing I've ever seen in my entire life.

  • Remember, My pretence aren't saying, you know, you guys got this.

  • It probably wasn't but five or 10 seconds.

  • You know, if that that I was frozen, it felt like eternity.

  • You know, I never want to work on one of my buddies.

  • You know, a guy named Jeremy Feldbusch.

  • I knew him.

  • All right.

  • You know, I knew him pretty well.

  • I think we partied together a couple times.

  • He was a mortar hman.

  • And, um, you know, like I said, those rounds are effective and, uh, got him right in the forehead.

  • It is immediately went to work published, unresponsive, and he wasn't breathing, But he had a very strong radio pulls in his wrist.

  • And that indicated me that, you know, he was very much still alive.

  • I listened for breathing and could hear gurgling, which indicated to me that he had an obstructed airway.

  • And so the automatic was prepared to do a tracheotomy.

  • Nobody wants to do that kind of procedure, you know, in such an Unsterile and chaotic environment.

  • Luckily, we didn't need to do that.

  • I start to suction his mouth.

  • It was essentially try blood and flush in the back of his throat.

  • And when I was able to clear that that blood and flush out of his throat, you know, he was able to choose him breathing on his own.

  • And so we started a lot of moment.

  • Chairman is a big boy.

  • I had him at the shoulders and a couple of guys haven't the legs and hips and had passed him to other guys on the other side of the wall.

  • Things were happening so quickly they pulled him from my grasp.

  • I think I was at that point you and fear for Jeremy's life.

  • We drove to the center of the dam.

  • I had his head sitting in my lab.

  • I didn't want this head to touch the ground again.

  • Is this this this life, you know, most fair minds.

  • I had my life side away for someone to you replace me.

  • They brought him in the back of a Humvee.

  • They had converted into a makeshift litter and they brought him to the center of the control point.

  • It was a lot to take in.

  • I just remember that Look when Matt looked at me, you know, And he was, you know, his mops.

  • He was covered in blood.

  • And, you know, I just remember him handing over and saying, You know, I know that you guys will do what needs to happen, You know, in there in judgment, there's this sense that the medics can save just about anybody.

  • If you're still alive and kicking when you get to us, we'll take care of you and we'll do whatever we need to do whether it be fly a plane fly, have burned down to come pick you up.

  • We'll make sure that you're treated right, whether dead or alive.

  • And that's something that we all live by.

  • For him to be one of the first guys they're t save Feldbusch is life be honest First combat mission ever.

  • I mean, you can't rise to the occasion better than that.

  • He did a good job treating Feldbusch, and, um, you know Feldbusch is alive and there's a lot to say.

  • For that Feldbusch is able to recover, and to quite successfully, he was the first spokesman for the Wounded Warrior project.

  • I don't think that I would develop into, you know, the Ranger that I did if it had not been for documents influence since it was like a dad going, man.

  • I helped that guy become what he is, and I was proud of him.

  • I'm still proud of him.

  • I'll always be proud.

  • Andy.

  • The damn very much was my coming of age.

  • It taught me that courage is not being fearless, but courage is is moving forward and sparred of the fear.

  • Fear is something that's overcome a ble.

there is no going back to the person that I was before I did the dam.

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The Warfighters: Ranger Medic Saves Life at Haditha Dam (Season 1) | History

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/04
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