“For those who were there and those who know about it, Ramadi was a tough fu*king fight and there was plenty of killing going around. I don’t think a single guy in my squad had less than 3 confirmed kills.
I was a designated marksman. So like a sniper, but not. Basically you get handed a high performance rifle and a few weeks training on marksmanship. Still cool.
One day we are patrolling the streets when it seemed like every Jihadist in the city opened up on us. An RPG came from a rooftop about 150 meters away and exploded right in the middle of my squad. Miraculously no one was hurt.
I took cover behind a car on the street and started scanning for targets. I saw rapid muzzle flashes coming from the same rooftop the RPG had been fired from. A machine gun.
I did a quick range estimation, aimed my rifle, and aimed a few inches above the muzzle flash. They say time slows down when you kill, but not for me, I just squeezed the trigger and felt the recoil of my rifle. Immediately the muzzle flashes stopped, and we gained fire superiority.
Afterwards, we moved forward to clear the buildings we had just taken fire from. Out of curiosity I checked the room I had seen the muzzle flashes from. Inside were two dead Jihadists. One holding an RPG, and another laying on top of him (the one who had been shooting the machine gun.)
When I inspected them, they both had been shot in about the same time. I knew for sure I shot the machine gunner, but I don’t know who killed the RPG gunner. The gunner had an entrance wound on his forehead and an exit wound on the back of his head. The RPG dude had a neck entrance wound but no exit.
‘I’ll be damned,’ my buddy said. ‘You got them both with one shot.’
I have to admit. I was pretty proud of this unintentional accomplishment. After checking both their corpses I found two nice Seiko watches.
My oldest son is now a Marine, and asked why I have two watches in my man-cave. I just smile and say ‘Two for one sale, boot.’”
– Anonymous US Marine. 3/7, Ramadi, 2006
The Marine who submitted this requested to remain anonymous.
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