Doc: Day two came and we broke down our patrol base and began to move again. I noticed one of the squad leaders lingering around a rock formation, the same squad leader who didn’t want to take the IV bag I gave him. Once he moved away from the area I walked over to see what was so interesting to him, and no shit there was the IV bag which he tried to hide and leave behind.
Movement on the second day was more of the same, with more miserable terrain, and we were barely covering any distance. You have to take into account that just days before we were at sea level in Georgia, and now we were over 9,200 feet high traversing the Afghan mountains.
We finally made it right outside of the gorge where intelligence says that the initial firefight took place. We could also see houses in the distance.
Archaeo66 375DOC You are right, there are some timeline discrepancies that appear to be way off. My fault in not doing the necessary homework. - The firefight occurred on June 28th, 2005 in which led to the death of Matt, Danny, and Michael as well as the shootdown of the Chinook on that same day. - Marcus Luttrell was rescued by elements of the 2nd Ranger Battalion on July 3rd, 2005 - The bodies of Danny Dietz and Michael Murphy were recovered on July 4th. - Matt Axelson's body was recovered on July 10th, 2005. So Doc's story takes place between July 8th - 11th I apologize for any confusion!
Old PH2 ...and consider the fact that photos always cheat the vertical relief.There is one shot from the book , showing Marcus's egress route, and the steepness is indicated by the slope of the avalanche chute.Mean stuff indeed.....and "what you said", in spades.
Been busy, today I am just relaxing at home. Reality hits when the guys recovers the bodies after many days. I imagine the condition of the bodies, and how hard it's for these guys to deal with that. Iam just happy that they were found and taken home.
@375DOC Would you show them if you blacked out their faces? Only interested in seeing the battlefield and the mountain.
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