I am starting this forum trying to encourage other 88m to tell their story, we were very lucky to have served when we did. This is not meant to be sad, just my experience I hope other Transportation Specialist tell their story as well.
Take care and may all of you have a wonderfully long life, keep fighting and NEVER GIVE UP.
WE'RE SPECIAL, LETS MAKE SURE THE NATION REMEMBERS WHAT WE DID, WE ARE NOT DEFEATED!!!!!!
I was in Iraq in 03-04 and 06-07 once again as an 88m. My unit ran over 90,000 miles worth of convoys, mostly as Gun Trucks.
In 04 we were hit by everything, RPGs, small arms, IED multiple, VBIEDS multiple, we lost an LT because of a VBIED. I was on that mission, Anti tank mines, we lost an NCO because of one of those, was not on that mission. But it happened.Our unit took 36 WIA. in 2004 there were 906 casualties in Iraq, 550 of them were Combat Service Support, and Combat Support.
On 25-December-2003 I was in a firefight at 7:05 in the Morning, it lasted five minutes not much, however, it was amazing, I felt alive. That night for Christmas, at Camp Pacesetter, at our chow hall our Army cooks cooked Cornish game hens, ham, roast beef, mash potatoes, green beans, sweet potato pie, Pumpkin pie, pecan pie,etc.
That was the best Christmas meal, and Christmas I have ever had. That night we were mortared for 3 hours.
For months we would get rocketed other convoys would get hit, in Baghdad, a mission I was not on, unfortunately, a convoy was pinned down for an hour and a half. Other convoys would get hit as well I would be on multiple convoys hit by IEDs, and multiple convoys that got hit in Tel Afar.
We lost our first Soldier on 17- July-2004, to an Anti Tank mine as I mentioned above. By that time my unit had moved to Camp Diamond Back Mosul. There we experienced constant mortaring and rocketing. On 05- August-2004 the base was attacked on the Northern Side. It was short, we would be mortared and rocketed for hours that day as well.
22- August-2004 On a humanitarian mission we were hit by a VBIED on route Sante Fe in Mosul. It was crazy, like in the movie the Matrix the bomb went off and it was like the world expanded for a minute then went sideways and back to normal. I crossed through a door that day, we drove through the cloud of smoke and braced for a second impact that never came. I remember looking through the passenger window and seeing two children twitching on the side of the road, along with a guy dressed in black smiling at me. This is not made up, that is really what I saw. Once we boxed up, I heard LT is hit over the radio, once I got to his window we realized he was done.
All I could do was scream, I am sorry for that.
Two weeks later, we were on ASR Hershey or the Baji bypass, and were hit with small arms I unloaded from the driver side. That was the last of my firefights. I was only able to shoot twice, however, I drove through multiple engagements. I drove through multiple IED attacks, and watched my gunners destroy everything around them.
Even though these events happened, and some of them were bad...
THESE WERE THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE!!!!!! To all Transportation Corp or Motor T, we are the luckiest POGs in the history of the military. Thank God for giving us the adventure of a life time.
Do not let country forget what we did in Iraq, Our war was on the road and that was a beautiful war.