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OBJ Lynx, Haditha Dam, (Day 02), 01 Apr 2003

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will SOAR on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will run and not be faint.” IS 40:31

This is the scripture that Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) Gregory “Gravy” Coker had written in his journal for this day after some two hours of sleep. He has always felt this was written for all Night Stalkers.

On this day, the organizational strength of American combat forces at the dam was as follows:

* Company B of the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment
* Delta Reconnaissance/Sniper Team of C Squadron of the Delta Force
* TF-160 SOAR — Night Stalkers — 2 x AH-6 Attack Helo, 1 x MH-6 Scout Helo with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera.

Attack helo Team Gravy had a bit of “care-worn” hardware after the first day’s fighting at the Haditha Dam; they sent back to the rear for replacement rotor blade sets to cover for those that were riddled with 7.62 x 39mm Auvtomat Kalashnikov assault rifle bullets. The holes were expected. They were detected at the Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) by listening for tell-tale whistling noises coming from the rotors at idle speed.

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The immediate remedy was to pull out the field-expedient, general-purpose repair kit panacea that all (serious) soldiers carried out in the field: