21 MARCH

22 MARCH

23 MARCH

24 MARCH

25 MARCH

Mission

Cross LD and screen W flank of RCT-5.

Screen RAO IOT protect DIV flank

Screen RAO IOT protect DIV flank as it moved down MSR

Established SBF Position ISO 1st Marines Crossing of An Naz.

Cross at An Naz and establish screen line E of RCT-1

Location

Western Breach and W flank of RCT-5

N of  MSR Tampa

Hammar Marsh

S side bridge An Naz

North of An Naz

Engagement

None

None

None

A & C Companies w/ snipers, small arms, Hvy Guns

Received small arms and RPG fire during city crossing

Supporting Arms Called

None

None

None

None

None

Confirmed Kills

None

None

None

None

None

Suspected Kills

None

None

None

6 via sniper

6 via suppression

None

Wpns Destroyed

None

None

Small arms (approx 10)

None

BM-21 ID’s and reported

Ammo Destroyed

None

None

Several 1000 rnds

None

Truck with 1200lbs of explosives and truck with 200 mortar rounds

Friendly WIA

None

None

None

None

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

None

None

None

EPWs Processed

3

None

60

None

None

DPs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

COs Remarks

2 Minefields observed, reported to div, and navigated around

 

 

RCTs crossing delayed.  Bn pulled back.  During night received small arms and mortar fire

Ammo and equipment reported to TARAWA.  Destruction confirmed.

 


 

 

 

25 MARCH

26 MARCH

27 MARCH

28 MARCH

29 MARCH

Mission

Screen E of RCT-1, L/U with RCT-1 S of Al Garraf.

Strong point Al Rifa IOT allow RCT-1 and log trains to pass.

Get Eyes on Qulat Sikkur Afld

Observe Qulat Sikkur Airfield

Occupy Airfield

Occupy Airfield

Location

SE of AL Garraf

Al Rifa and Qualat Sikkur Afld

Qulat Sikkur Airfield

Qulat Sikkur Airfield

Qulat Sikkur Airfield

Engagement

Ambushed tripped in town by Bn convoy, 2nd ambush conducted when Bn passed through town.

PID on enemy located in town on rooftops armed.

Seized the airfield and strong pointed.  H & S engaged military 3 ton type truck.

None

None

Supporting Arms Called

1 AF

2 FFE HE/VT I/E

1 AF

1 FFE on enemy OP on rooftop

4 sections of FW engaged reported vehicle column.  3 vehicles confirmed destroyed.

None

None

Confirmed Kills

1 Enemy with civilian clothes

None

None

None

None

Suspected Kills

Plt sized element silenced with I/O fire

6

None

None

None

Wpns Destroyed

None

None

3 military vehicles

None

None

Ammo Destroyed

None

None

None

None

None

Friendly WIA

1  Cpl received GSW to forearm

None

None

Non

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

None

None

None

EPWs Processed

None

None

 

None

None

DPs Processed

None

None

None

15

10

COs Remarks

Civilians providing reports of our mvmt.  All Marines in Bn engaged in fight.  Arty silenced ambush on A Btry 1/11 on adjacent MSR.

Short fuze tasker to support UK airfield seizure.  Received friendly heavy weapons fire while strong-pointing the town.  No injuries. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

30 MARCH

31 MARCH

01 APRIL

02 APRIL

02 APRIL

Mission

Conduct RIP with 1/4 and move to RCT-1 Main

Attack N on Rte 7A ISO RCT-1.  Est BP N of Al Hayy

Conduct movement and screen W of RCT-1 W of Al Garraf River

Screen N to 86 Northing W of Al Garraf River. 2nd Attempt to cross Al Muf bridge.

Clear Al Muf with 3/1.  Move N to 86 Northing along river to screen for RCT-1.

Location

Qulat Sikkur

NE of Qulat Sikkur

NW of Qulat Sikkur

Al Muf

Al Muf

Engagement

Received BM-21 salvo 400m from pos.

Tripped Ambush.

Attacked through Al Hayy

Destroyed several hostile vehicles at BP.

Received BM-21 impacts at 500m from pos.

Received mortar fire.  Located and engaged mortar tubes.

Ambushed at bridge at Al Muf bridge head.

 

Bn led with LAR and tanks to suppress bridgehead positions.  When closing, enemy squad uncovered and destroyed with heavy guns at 50 Meters.  Bridge fouled.

Enemy did not engage 3/1 or the Bn. 

Supporting Arms Called

None

Engaged with Cobras on ambush site as well as direct fire.

1 AF, 2 FFE on enemy Arty.

2 AF and 3 FFE on enemy motorized unit, 10 vehicles.

1 FW air strike with Mk-83s on observed enemy mortar location.

Division of Cobras engaged at bridge, 3 FFE HE/Delay called on enemy positions in buildings

 

1 FFE HE/Delay

1 Section of RW CAS engaged units to the flanks.

 

None

Confirmed Kills

None

1 Arty tube, 5 trucks, 4 personnel

None

6

None

Suspected Kills

None

Enemy platoon sized element

Enemy platoon

Enemy squad far side of bridge.  Rubbled by Arty.

None

Wpns Destroyed

None

None

Multiple mortar tubes

Multiple RPGs and small arms on dead enemy.

Located Bathe Party HQ and demolished several hundred mortar rounds and 10,000 plus rounds of small arms, and supplies.

Ammo Destroyed

None

None

Ammo likely destroyed indicated by secondaries.

Enemy weapons cache located and detonated.  A Co

Located Bathe Party HQ and demolished several hundred mortar rounds and 10,000 plus rounds of small arms, and supplies. B co cache destroyed south of Al Muf.

Friendly WIA

None

None

Sgt team leader received GSW to foot and Cpl received shrapnel wound to leg.

None

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

None

None

None

EPWs Processed

None

None

None

1 wounded enemy with leg shot off transported to STP.

None

DPs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

COs Remarks

Planning conducted on mission to attack up Rte 7A

Mvmt along rte 7A restricted.  Supporting arms was the best approach to reduce ambush geometry.  RW CAS with good effects on sites in treeline.  Far ambush was set off parallel vice converging lines.  Easier to use suppression and use speed to push past.

 

Dead were not Iraqi and most had paperwork indicating they entered Iraq through Syria.  Likely Muslim extremists.

 

 


 

 

03 APRIL

04 APRIL

05 APRIL

06 APRIL

07 APRIL

Mission

Establish BP at 70 Northing to cover RCT-1 withdrawal.

Conduct RIP with TFT and cndct mvmt to RCT-1 Main

Conduct RIP with 2/23 and est blocking Pos at 27 & 6 intersection.

Fwd occupied pos at Div Main and Main conducted RIP with 2nd LAR and rejoined the battalion 

Rest, refit, conduct mission planning.

Location

70 N along rte 7

Enroute to DIV Main

N of An Numinayah at rt intersection

Co-located with DIV Main  east of Baghdad

Co-located with Div Main east of Baghdad

Engagement

None

None

 

None

None

Supporting Arms Called

None

None

 

None

None

Confirmed Kills

None

None

 

None

None

Suspected Kills

None

None

 

None

None

Wpns Destroyed

cache of est 20 RPGs destroyed. 

 

None

 

None

None

Ammo Destroyed

 

None

 

None

None

Friendly WIA

None

None

 

None

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

 

None

None

EPWs Processed

4

None

37

1

None

DPs Processed

300

None

Estimated 60

Estimated 100

None

COs Remarks

 

 

Decided to conduct split Bn ops leaving two companies with Bn main at BP and push Fwd and two companies to division main location for future tasking,

 

 

 

 

 

08 APRIL

09 APRIL

10 APRIL

11 APRIL

12 APRIL

Mission

ATK N to Baqubah

ATK N to Baqubah

Occupy regime complex vic MB521935.

Occupy regime complex vic MB 521935

Conduct zone recon

Location

30 miles N of Baghdad

30 miles N of Baghdad

MB 521935

MB 521935

Vic MB445995

Engagement

 Ambushed by SRG

Multiple fire fights

1 57mm round and 1 sniper shot impacted Bn pos

None

None

Supporting Arms Called

4 FFE 81mm

4 FW sections

3 RW Divisions

8 FFE 81mm

None

None

None

Confirmed Kills

None

6

None

None

None

Suspected Kills

None

Est plt (+)

None

None

None

Wpns Destroyed

None

3 BMPS, 2 T-72s, 6 Mortars

None

1 AK-47

1 12.7mm AA gun

None

Ammo Destroyed

None

100 82mm, 10,000 7.62mm, multiple ammunition caches w/ secondaries.

None

100 RPGs, 55 Mortars, 8 cases 12.7mm, 10cases 122mm.

None

Friendly WIA

None

None

None

None

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

None

None

None

EPWs Processed

1

1

None

None

None

DPs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

COs Remarks

Enemy ambush well placed in restricted terrain.  Received pre-registered mortar fire.  Limited vis in fog and low illum prevented initial tgt location.  Pulled back and sent out patrols to develop situation.

Cleared Al Nida SRG Brigade HQ.  Combined Arms 2 axis attack.  Excellent results.  All A/C checked out “Winchester”.  LAR able to engage inside kill zone IOT develop the sit.  Combined arms opened 2nd axis of attack which caught SRG by surprise forcing most to abandon their positions and flee.  All ensuing mvmt conducted without resistance while engaging fleeing forces.

 

7 patrols conducted, looting observed

No patrols, warnings of suicide attacks by non Iraqi Arabs.

 

 

 

 

 

13 APRIL

14 APRIL

15 APRIL

16 APRIL

17 APRIL

Mission

Conduct zone recon and defend power Grid

Conduct zone recon and defend power grid

Conduct zone recon and defend power grid and adjacent petrol facility

Conduct zone recon and defend power grid on adjacent petrol facility.

Conduct zone recon and defend power grid on adjacent petrol facility

Location

MC 405057

MC 405057

MC 405057

MC 405057

MC 405057

Engagement

None

None

None

None

None

Supporting Arms Called

None

None

None

None

None

Confirmed Kills

None

None

None

None

None

Suspected Kills

None

None

None

None

None

Wpns Located

1 SA-6 Missile and launcher

4 HIP helos

1 AAA gun, 1 SA-60

3 SAMs, 4 T-72s, 3 BMPs, 1 BRDM, 2 S-60s, 2 14.5mm AA guns

6 120mm mortars, 300 SA-16s, 6 SA-14s, 1 S-60, 1 ZPU, 2 BMPs, 4 BRDMs, 6 SA-7s.

 

S-2 Attachment

S-2 Attachment

Ammo Located

Est 100 rockets for helos, 5 cases AAA gun ammo

6000 14.5mm AA rnds

Ammo Dump 100m long, 20m wide, 2m deep.  Est N.E.W. over 20K lbs.  Mortars, missiles, RPGs, MG ammo, 500 + landmines.

S-2 Attachment

S-2 Attachment

Friendly WIA

None

None

None

None

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

None

None

None

EPWs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

DPs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

COs Remarks

4 patrols conducted.  Units reticent to patrol at night with the UXO threat.

3 patrols conducted.  Numerous weapons firing heard.  Not directed at US.  Looting observed and halted.

5 patrol conducted.  Locals request help with looting problem.  Companies chose not to patrol at night.

5 patrols conducted.  Sporadic gunfire observed.  Not at US forces.  Limited looting with gas the main object.

Water and medical aid given to the local community.

 

 

 

 

 

18 APRIL

19 APRIL

20 APRIL

21 APRIL

22 APRIL

Mission

Stage at Baghdad sports stadium

Rt recon S along 1 and 8 to TAA ISO RCT-1 movement

Guide RCT-1 into TAA

Guide RCT-1 into TAA

Mvmt to L/U with DIV Main at the Division AA.

Location

Sports stadium

16KM E of Al Hillah

MA 645955

MA 645955

Ad Diwaniya

Engagement

None

None

None

None

None

Supporting Arms Called

None

None

None

None

None

Confirmed Kills

None

None

None

None

None

Suspected Kills

None

None

None

None

None

Wpns Located

None

None

None

100 (est) AP and AT mines employed.

None

Ammo Located

None

None

None

100 (est) AP and AR mines employed.

None

Friendly WIA

None

None

None

3

None

Friendly KIA

None

None

None

None

None

EPWs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

DPs Processed

None

None

None

None

None

COs Remarks

 

 

 

GySgt Dill lost his foot / lower leg when he stepped on a mine while marking a minefield at night.  2 other Marines suffered injuries, 1 of which was also CASEVAC’d.

None

 

 

 

23 APRIL

24 APRIL

25 APRIL

26 APRIL

27 APRIL

Mission

Occupy TAA at Ad Diwaniya

 

 

 

 

Location

Ad Diwaniya

 

 

 

 

Engagement

None

 

 

 

 

Supporting Arms Called

None

 

 

 

 

Confirmed Kills

None

 

 

 

 

Suspected Kills

None

 

 

 

 

Wpns Located

None

 

 

 

 

Ammo Located

None

 

 

 

 

Friendly WIA

None

 

 

 

 

Friendly KIA

None

 

 

 

 

EPWs Processed

None

 

 

 

 

DPs Processed

None

 

 

 

 

COs Remarks

None