“I was point man entering the house. As soon as I turned the corner in a hallway I saw a head poke out of a doorway, followed by an AK. My rifle was already raised and I fired two shots at him. The first round missed him entirely but the second one grazed his head.

He retreated back into the room, and myself and two Marines took advantage of his injury and immediately followed him in. He tried to raise his rifle again and I fired two more shots directly into his face.

The top of his head came apart, leaving only his nose and below intact. It looked like a canoe. After we had cleared the house, I held a strongpoint in the room with the dead insurgent until our second squad came in and we could take a breather.

Two Marines and I sat down and lit cigarettes. I leaned against the wall and we all just listened to the sound of battle a few blocks away. For a moment it was dead quiet and we heard a, ‘BrrrAAAAAAP. Braaaaap’ come from the corpse on the floor.

We all just looked at each other and my buddy said, ‘Dude that dead guy just ripped ass.’ And we all had a good laugh. ‘Excuse you.’ I said. ‘No one in this city has any manners.’”
– Anonymous US Marine. The Battle of Fallujah, November 11th, 2004
This interview was conducted by Battles and Beers and the Marine in the post requested to remain anonymous.

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