View Full Version : Good luck Marines, they're on the move

stan v
03-20-2003, 10:50 AM
Ground troops on the move. Wonder how many Iraqi's will surrender today?

High C
03-20-2003, 10:56 AM
Nearly all, I bet.

Mr. Know It All
03-20-2003, 10:59 AM
When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight......The U.S. Marines :D

Just the smart ones High C. :D

[ 03-20-2003, 11:00 AM: Message edited by: Mr. Know It All ]

Chris Coose
03-20-2003, 10:59 AM
Hoping the whole nation will be waving the white today.

03-20-2003, 11:08 AM
what will happen to the small arms carried by the Iraqi soldiers? I've heard there is no intention to coral/imprison iraqi soldiers as there was in GWI

Joe Dupere
03-20-2003, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by LeeG:
what will happen to the small arms carried by the Iraqi soldiers? I've heard there is no intention to coral/imprison iraqi soldiers as there was in GWIAccording to this article the military has learned from the past, and there are plans in place to deal with POWS.



Joe Dupere
03-20-2003, 11:24 AM
My son is with the 2nd Marines and is in a scout company. If the Marines are moving out, it means he's already out way ahead of the main advance. By now he's in the thick of it.

Proud and worried at the same time.


km gresham
03-20-2003, 11:27 AM
Godspeed to him - and all of them, Joe!

On Vacation
03-20-2003, 11:29 AM
Joe, my thoughts and prays are with you.

03-20-2003, 11:38 AM
Joe, thanks for the info. There are so many unknowns here, thank god for faith and training. Best wishes to you and your son.

03-20-2003, 12:40 PM
Joe -- My prayers for you and him.

03-20-2003, 12:45 PM
My nephew is with Air Force Special Ops (C-130 gunships out of Hurlburt Field) he's been real busy for a couple of days. Hopefully, I will have some pretty good stories to pass on as soon as I talk with the young lad.


km gresham
03-20-2003, 12:58 PM
We'll be waiting for those stories, Tom smile.gif God willing all will go as expected - maybe with a slight deviation or two (like last night).

Alan D. Hyde
03-20-2003, 01:34 PM
This sums it up pretty well:

"Message to All Hands"
Major General J.N. Mattis
United States 1st Marine Division

"For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped and murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring countries without provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction. The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind.

"When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them. Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression.

"Chemical attack, treachery, and use of the innocent as human shields can be expected, as can other unethical tactics. Take it all in stride. Be the hunter, not the hunted: Never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down. Use good judgment and act in best interests of our Nation.

"You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.

"For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in past battles -- who fought for life and never lost their nerve -- carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is 'No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy' than a U.S. Marine."

M/G J. N. Mattis, USMC