The Patriot Files Forums  

Go Back   The Patriot Files Forums > Branch Posts > Marines

Post New Thread  Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-08-2003, 11:02 AM
thedrifter thedrifter is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 4,601
Cool Marine copters rescue 2 U.S. soldiers lost in desert for 7 days

Marine copters rescue 2 U.S. soldiers lost in desert for 7 days

By Sara Olkon, Knight Ridder
European edition, Tuesday, April 8, 2003

AN AIRBASE IN IRAQ ? The two soldiers from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division were lost and alone in the Iraqi desert.

Seven days had gone by when a pair of Marine helicopters, three miles off course, flew overhead and spotted the two waving their arms wildly. Beside them were the letters "SOS" carved in the sand.

"I see them and think, `We gotta help these guys,'" said Marine Capt. Christian "Mac" Ward, a pilot with Marine Aircraft Group 29, which is based at New River Marine Corps Air Station, N.C., and now flies out of a captured Iraqi airbase that can't be named under agreement with the military. "But we knew they could be Iraqis, posing as Americans."

Ward was flying a CH-53 heavy lift helicopter and was heading to a refueling station when he spotted the two last week in an area scattered with Bedouin camps.

Ward tried to radio the base, but he couldn't get through. The helicopters circled overhead. Suddenly, the pilots spotted a white pickup truck speeding toward the two men below.

The men on the ground wrote another message in the sand: "7 days, no comm."

"I'm thinking, `Definitely they are American,'" Ward said.

One of the helicopters landed to retrieve the two men, as the other circled overhead and kept aim on the speeding vehicle. The truck turned around.

The two soldiers had just eaten the last of their rations and were out of water. The pair said they'd been trying to pull a Humvee out of the sand when they lost contact with their unit. It was unclear how they got left behind.

The men, identified by the Marines as a Sgt. Johnson and a Sgt. Jones of the 3rd Infantry Division, could not be reached for comment. There was no confirmation of the incident from the Army.

Ward said the two men had no idea their unit was long gone, and at first had insisted on remaining in the desert after getting fresh food and water.


SSgt. Roger A.
One Proud Marine
Once A Marine............Always A Marine.............
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Task Force Liberty Soldiers Rescue Hostage darrels joy Iraqi Freedom 0 03-17-2005 09:16 AM
Group against Marine copters cites higher levels of pollution thedrifter Marines 0 12-17-2003 05:26 AM
Rescue squadron moves injured Marine thedrifter Marines 0 07-04-2003 05:30 AM
Priest, Marine Reunite in Desert thedrifter Marines 0 05-20-2003 05:32 AM
Two U.S. Soldiers Stranded in Desert for Seven Days MORTARDUDE Iraqi Freedom 0 03-30-2003 12:58 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.