I am reposting this post from 2008, as Feb 22. is the 20 year anniversary of Cpl. Aaron Pack losing his life in Kuwait, we me laying under a truck 200 yds away.
I never met him, didn’t know his name till years later, but I think of it every year at this time.
Found an excellent excerpt from a book that describes our mission and what we did those few days in February as well as any that I have read. Really took me back.
We were Task Force Taro, and we walked in the day before the actual ground assault took place to provide security on either side of the main advance. At the time, it was no big deal, certainly not the scariest moment of the war for me. Of course, reading all the information leading up to that night, now, with all that the generals knew, etc. and in retrospect it was a bit dicier I guess!
Hence, the most important rule of running a military unit – the mushroom rule: keep them in the dark and feed them shit.