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March 23d - Deadliest day of the war
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Author:  RichardLowry [ Wed Mar 17, 2004 1:05 pm ]
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Author:  Mudwalker [ Sat Mar 27, 2004 8:15 pm ]
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I was with 1st Bn 2nd Marines TF Tarawa. I am currious where you got the information for this.

Author:  RichardLowry [ Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:15 pm ]
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Good Question. I first interviewed BGen Natonski; Cols Milstead, Bailey; LtCol Mortenson and Dunahoe; and Captain Brooks last October. Since then I have made two more trips to Camp Lejeune and I have interviewed almost 60 Marines from TFT, including LtCol Grabowski, Major Peeples, Captains Wittnam, Newland, Blanchard; Lt Reid; Gunner Dunfee;Sergeant Schaefer; LCpl Will Bachman and many more.

I have collected more than 1000 photos, hundreds of pages of documents and several CDs worth of information.

Would you like to contribute?

Author:  Mudwalker [ Tue Mar 30, 2004 4:00 pm ]
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I would definitely consider it. Especially in lite of the release of the DoD investigation of the friendly fire incident.

The reason I asked where you had gotten your information was because of what was written about the Bn Commander. There are some inconsistancies with what I know. I won't go any further here but feel free to contact me through my site at and we may be able to set something up.

Author:  MarineTanker [ Thu Apr 29, 2004 7:24 am ]
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Major Peeples was not ordered to rescue the remnants of the 507th on that day. He took that action on his own, and was criticized by the Battalion Commander and the Regimental Commander for doing so.

Author:  RichardLowry [ Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:46 pm ]
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Funny! Major Peeples never mentioned that to me. If you have more info about the battle for Nasiriyah, I would like to hear your story. Please email me at I am still conducting research for my book and I would like your input.


Author:  RichardLowry [ Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:25 pm ]
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I believe that Major Peeples should get the MVP award for that day. He silenced the Iraqi opposition at the southern bridge. Then he went forward and silenced the Iraqis at the Saddam Canal. Then he returned to Ambush Alley to evacuate the wounded Marines in the Alamo.

I went back and listened to my interview with Major Peeples and you are absolutetly correct. Major Peeples moved forward of his own volition. I have actually made a critical sequence error. Major Peeples went forward and rescued 10 soldiers of the 507th, then Natonski, Bailey and Grabowski met. Natonski's words to Grabowski are correct, they just happened to talk AFTER Peeples rescued the 10 soldiers.

Thank you for pointing this out. It is quite difficult to sequence all the events of the day. Some reports are in local time, others Zulu. Most of the Marines cannot tell me what time things happened.

If you can help me put this puzzle together I would appreciate your assistance.

Author:  Guest [ Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:28 pm ]
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Just a quick note...I was with Echo 2/8 and spent some time with our tank unit. I have nothing specific to add for you to reference, however, I did speak with these tankers in great length and I remember them saying that same thing...that Major Peeples was an absolute hero that day. I recall them saying that he continued to bring wounded soldiers aboard the tanks even while under fire. It is quite rare for an enlisted man to ever give praise to an officer, so I always thought this was a remarkable story.

Author:  RichardLowry [ Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:19 am ]
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Dear Guest,

Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Peeples when I went to Ft Knox for a book signing. I also had the opportunity to speak with the Reserves of what had been Alpha Company, 8th Tanks.

They are all a great bunch of Marines and to the man they could not speak any more highly of their former company commander. I feel privledged to have had the opportunity to tell Major Peeples story in my book.

Author:  fabio [ Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:00 pm ]
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The deadliest day?
Why don't you report the deadliest day for Iraqi civilians?

Are they less important than American soldiers? Paid to be the servants of a corrupted government? Paid to gain and protect foreign natural resources?

No matter what real freedom is? Have you ever tried to watch beyond this faked reality? Or are you so sorry that you need to convince yourself that what you did is right, that it is in the name of God, of freedom, and all that bullshit that you have been brainwashed during your recruitment?

How can you be so blind? How can you be so short of views? How can you talk with the arrogance of someone who establishes whether a life could be more important than another?

For your marine and soldiers, you got a plate. You got a ceremony. You got TV shows and programs dedicated to them. For all and all the innocent dead Iraqis people, just a short news on CNN. They are less important than you, probably.

You should show regret on what you did, instead of auto-celebrating yourself as heroes.

Put that medal in your a.. and enjoy.


Author:  RichardLowry [ Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:05 pm ]
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Author:  fabio [ Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:23 am ]
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Nasiriyah is where a refinery and an oil pipeline are located. Again the soldiers were there for this reason, not to free Iraqi people from Saddam, whose now are having a worse time than during the regime. It's actually pure demagogy that you report those "teary" letters about people who lost their sons saying that it was for a good cause. Shame on you.

For the benefit of memories, and just to mention something else rather than american soldiers, in Nasiriyah a troop of 19 Italian soldiers died during a suicide bomb attack to their base. The Italian government at that time sent them for "humanitarian" purposes, but actually they were there to protect the oil pipeline.

We in Italy are all fed up with the american government and we want to free up our country from all the american military basis that abusively occupy our territory. The actual government is following this line, and, guess what, some bombs have been placed near the house of those politicians who want to kick off the americans from Sardinia Island.

Yet the real terrorists are the Americans.


Author:  liznoraas [ Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:56 pm ]
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Have you ever served? If not then BITE ME! I am a proud wife, sister in law, niece, and granddaughter of vets from all eras. If you want to trash talk on the vets then start your own page and leave the ones that appreciate what the men and women that are serving and have served with out your brainless hateful words.

Author:  fabio [ Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:09 am ]
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liznoraas wrote:
Have you ever served? If not then BITE ME! I am a proud wife, sister in law, niece, and granddaughter of vets from all eras. If you want to trash talk on the vets then start your own page and leave the ones that appreciate what the men and women that are serving and have served with out your brainless hateful words.

The fact that you are a proud servants of the liars doesn't improve things in Iraq. Now go back to serve and don't write any of this crap again, unless you have something useful to say.


Author:  Dispacther [ Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:01 am ]
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While attending a N.A.T.O. school in Latina Italy, I met some good
people in The Italian Air Force. It was during the winter Olympics of 92.
Despite the language differences we had some good times, and got to
know each other a little .They were decent people working for the future.
However the total disregard and lack of respect the residents of Rome
showed for the Tiber, coliseum, and other ruins/relics of their past awed
me to speechlessness. I wonder about You. What has caused you to have
such boundless hate for people you've never meet; your complete lack of
thought of the lessons of the past. Your eagerness to consume the trype
spewed forth by those who despise the world view that has grown from
the ideas of liberty and individual responsibility that became the Roman
and Greek civilizations.

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