“An IED had been placed and detonated under a large diesel tank on “Saints” Street, just south of a large traffic circle. I was dismounted along with our brand new FO, our brand new 1LT, and my Platoon Sergeant, SFC Yakop. We were doing post-blast analysis, and immediately I knew this didn’t feel right. The Iraqi National Police checkpoint had been moved several hundred meters north of where it should’ve been and the IED was just pieces of cast iron that had been duct taped to some HME. It didn’t detonate the diesel tank, just blew a large hole in it. It seemed set up so Coalition responders would come to the scene.

We were on the ground about 10 minutes, and medevac status had gone red due to dust storms before we rolled out. Now, normally my Platoon Sergeant trusted those of us with prior deployments if we said something didn’t feel right, and it really looked like a set up. I told him we needed to leave the AO, time now. Complacency must’ve set in because I was told “Those mothersuckers ain’t gonna do shit!” Shortly after, the wind died down and I looked towards the LT and Smoke (platoon sergeant) just in time to see red spray from the side of his head and he immediately dropped. I had time to register what happened, and heard the “Snap” of the round. I grabbed the FO, who was next to me and threw him behind one of the Iraqi Police trucks that had been abandoned near the IED site.

When all was said and done, he was treated at the Green Zone CSH, and was evacuated out of the country. He survived, and retired as a CSM/SGM.
– SGT Daniel R. Ames. Blue Platoon, A 1-319th AFAR, 3BCT, 82nd Airborne Division. Baghdad Iraq. 16 June, 2009
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