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11-27-2007 06:05 PM  9 years agoPost 1
SSN Pru

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I've been meaning to post these for quite some time now. I don't see many if any OIF pictures floating around RR. These were mostly taken by me during my time there from Feb 04 to Feb 05. I also have pictures taken by soldiers during the invasion from OIF I. I'll post some of those someday...


Fun with NVG's while on guard duty


More fun with NVG's while on guard duty. this photo is interesting because the dark "stripe" down the middle is the edge of the milky way. I looked that up while I was there.


Me on Guard duty with my trusty SAW (M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon)

This was a palletized loading system truck. It only had 7 wheel s at that point. An anti-tank mine was embedded in the road surface and the driver failed to avoid it. The blast blew the wheel off and proceeded straight up into the cab under the driver. It obliterated the driver and blew the gunner out of his spot over the passenger seat. An anti-tank mine is designed to penetrate armor and so the blast was very directed...

These are some nasty dust devils. they were known to knock over tents and port-o-potties. I got caught in one walking down the road and sand got everywhere!

These are photos of a C-130 that landed where it shoudlnt have. Apparently the pilot was told of the obstacle and was told to use the other end of the runway. The landing was at night using NVG no doubt. I don't think this pilot was flying anymore after this one.
This sort of thing apparently happend a lot becuase the Iraqi AF runways were not in the best of shape after the invasion.

these photos show an M-1 after an encounter with a VBIED (Vehicle born improvised explosive device). The car drove into the tracks and detonated. The mechanic told us tank was a write off. The crew survived unscathed however.

This was my humvee gun truck for 4 months over there. It served me well and never broke down. Top speed with 3000lbs of add-on armor: 60mph.

This truck is the mother of all gun trucks. Two rotating gun mounts. It was originally designed to haul heavy heavy equipment such as M-1's and the like. It worked quite well, all be it slowly, as a gun truck.

this was a Hemmit tow truck that was trailing a convoy in which i was lead gun truck commander. It was hit with an IED. EOD told us after the fact that the IED's used in that area were predominantly 10lbs of high explosives with 1in. diameter ball bearings embedded. The cab of the truck was surrounded with 3/4in. (or 1/2in. cant remember) add-on armor. The bearings penetrated the ballistic windshield sideways. They traveled within the windshield about a foot. The inner spall shielding finally stopped the most stubborn bearings from penetrating the cab. The driver and passenger in this truck were members of my mobile maintenance team. Funny enough, the driver has just told the punch line of a joke to the passenger and just when they started to laugh they got hit by the IED. The radiator on the truck was holed but the truck survived largely unscathed. We had to shut it down as we still had 20 miles to drive. the truck was towed by a '60's vintage tractor trailer rig at 15mph to the base where we had to go. the only damage was to the radiator and the add-on armor. The driver and passenger were unhurt.

This truck was hit by an IED and caught fire. It was burnt to a crisp and literally a write off. I have no idea how the driver or passenger made out on this one.

got lead? Thats me posing behind MAH Duece!

Thats my regular gunner. He was dressed head to toe because the temperature during our convoys in december was around 25-30 degrees. Combine that with 45mph speeds and you get cold quickly! thats a MK 19 Auto grenade launcher.

that was the rear gun truck in our convoy. It's former life invovled towing trailers. It made an "ok" gun truck. It only toted an M-249 because anything bigger was not easily mounted on top. The cab was just not strong enough to handle the recoil from a Mik19 or a .50.

me behind my Mk19 playing gunner. I had mad respect for my gunners. The armor we had on our humvee was only 3/8 hardened steel. Not protection if any in an IED.

big explosion. EOD routinely blew up stock piles of ammo/bombs there so insurgents couldnt get ahold of them. We supplied Saddam with so much that EOD just couldtn get rid of it fast enough. EOD said that there were fields littered with howitzer rounds. The locals liked to strip the casings from the explosives for scrap and then they sold the explosives to insurgents...


Directions? We used GPS's to find our way around.


This was my office in the humvee for 4 months. Pretty tight quarters once you have a full load of ammo and all of your armor on...

Like Angels from above providing protection. this was rare but this AH-64 apache followed us for an hour just flying circuits around our convoy. We think there was a threat that day...

This was a Turkish truck that got caught in the middle of an ambush. It looked like it was hauling toilet paper or something. One of my company's other Mobile teams responded before we did. The survivors of the ambush told us an RPG hit between the trailer and rig of this unit and set it on fire. The US Military contracted primarily with turks to drive our supplies in from Turkey through northern Iraq. They had no armor, weapons or any other means of defense. It was common practice to provide a convoy of 50 of these trucks with 3 gun trucks. When an ambush happened, the convoy just sped on/through it and never stopped. Tragic...

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11-27-2007 06:42 PM  9 years agoPost 2
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Wow thanks for the post. I'm sure there are some very interesting stories behind every one of those pics.

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11-27-2007 06:49 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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there sure are.

I have to put descriptions up there, I'm too lazy right now.

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11-27-2007 07:13 PM  9 years agoPost 4
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A more accurate description would be:
Operation Iraqi oil theft conducted by the the united vassal states of Israel.

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11-27-2007 07:26 PM  9 years agoPost 5
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hey
thanks for ruining the thread SPOG

real class

thanks for the post umdpru...it will be interesting to hear the stories behind those....thanks for serving

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11-27-2007 08:01 PM  9 years agoPost 6
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Spog is gone. I don't appreciate that crap at all!

I didn't post these pictures to boast about anything or push any kind of agenda. I thought that my fellow RR members could be enlightened somewhat by seeing these.

I have thousands more and I'll post em here as time permits.

Enjoy (or not).

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11-27-2007 08:04 PM  9 years agoPost 7
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Great pictures. Spog is a dick.

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11-27-2007 08:17 PM  9 years agoPost 8
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For posterity:

Spog wrote:
A more accurate description would be:
Operation Iraqi oil theft conducted by the the united vassal states of Israel.

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11-27-2007 08:18 PM  9 years agoPost 9
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Great pictures, Thanks not only for sharing them, but for putting it all on the line and serving your country.

I sometimes believe that only a veteran can truly appreciate those serving and who have served.

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11-27-2007 08:31 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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Great pics umdpru. Thanks for posting.

It's always great having pictures to look back on.

Cheers, Shayne

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11-27-2007 08:52 PM  9 years agoPost 11
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Thanks for sharing, and for serving - whether western forces are justified being over there or not, I'm not discussing that and you were just doing your job.

I'm surprised the Abrams was written off - a new set of tracks and a couple of wheels and it'd be 60+ tons of rolling death again

Tach.

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11-27-2007 08:54 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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I think that tank received major internal damage in the engine bay...

something other than the tracks was definitely damaged but the mech's only told us that it was a write off.

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11-27-2007 09:01 PM  9 years agoPost 13
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Thanks Pru.

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11-27-2007 09:08 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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Thanks for posting those. Very interesting, good photos, and somehow they combine to tell quite a story.

I don't want to be critical (quite the opposite) but were you driving past those wrecks and burned out vehicles all the time, or did you just photograph them whenever you saw them because they were interesting? We hear about death and destruction and money being poured into Iraq every day, but somehow your pictures really bring it home.

What's life like when you're not on duty - or is it simply a case of eat, work, sleep?

K

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11-27-2007 09:12 PM  9 years agoPost 15
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I have thousands more and I'll post em here as time permits.
Please do!! We'd like to see and hear about the real $hit!

Thank you!!!!

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11-27-2007 09:13 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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I'll post some pics tomorrow of some leisure time activites there. It wasnt always wartime for us there. We did have some time off. My company was lucky enough to get Sunday's off, although our company commander "cooked the books" for Battalion to show that we weren't off duty. Technically, we were always on duty, and when sh!t hit the fan, we didn't have any time to ourselves.

Our convoy escort missions were from just northwest of Tikrit to Mosul and back along the road called Tampa or US-1 locally. that particular stretch of road was rife with IED's as it was the main supply road from turkey into the entire theater of operations.

We drove past many craters and burnt trucks made by IED's. Our company was EXTREMELY LUCKY in that we had mobile maintenance teams recovering wrekced vehicles all over northern iraq and our mobile team was on convoy escort missions and we sustained not a single injury and had no one receive a purple heart!

We liked it that way and preferred it to any action although we saw our fair share.

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11-27-2007 09:14 PM  9 years agoPost 17
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I want to make it clear that this thread in no way shape or form is meant to support the war. It's sole purpose is to enlighten RR members and show you all what it was like, atleast from my viewpoint.

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11-27-2007 10:31 PM  9 years agoPost 18
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its great to see real pictures taken first hand , great post

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11-27-2007 11:39 PM  9 years agoPost 19
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Pru, these pics and stories have elevated my respect for you and for all who have and are serving in such perilous situations. I add my "thank you" to the others

I have a good friend there now, and mostly he avoids sending out pictures showing the obvious dangers, in order to spare us the worry I guess. We hope he comes home well and stronger.

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

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11-27-2007 11:57 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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UMDPRU

I too would like to thank you for posting these pictures. It gives us somewhat of an ideal of what our soldiers are going thur over there.

Again Thanks and I would love to see more.

Larry

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