This picture was taken sometime during April 2003. I was with the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade, “The Spartans,” and as a young corporal, spearheaded the invasion into Iraq, and stabbed into the heart of Baghdad.
Well, not me personally, mind you, but my brigade led the charge.
I think my brigade commander at the time was a little nuts, and may have decided to go into Baghdad and just stay. Fortune favors the bold, right?
Some of my battle buddies from my company took one of our mechanic vehicles to help take down Saddam’s statue in that famous scene.
Author Zachary Yost, then a corporal with the “Spartans” of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade, holding a photo of Saddam Hussein he set alight during the April 2003 Battle of Baghdad. Yost was part of the Spartan’s Thunder Run, a probing thrust into the heart of Baghdad that exposed the total collapse of the regime’s restistance.
At any rate, I was in a mechanized Infantry platoon, attached to a tank company. It was the Army’s first real foray into the world of “combined arms;” my platoon was attached to a tank company, and one of that company’s tank platoons was attached to my parent company.
There was one point where I was staring down the barrel of an M1 Abrams tank during the Battle of Baghdad. I was pretty sure I was going to die. I glad I didn’t sh#t myself.