Commander, R. Platoon, Sergeant Lonnie Wells discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)


In and clearing out flu which is what came to pass us <hes> so our mission was to go in there to retake the city establish nominal Iraqi control over the city in order to deny it as a safe haven to the insurgents who are operating out of there so that was sort of the the Moore wrote Tactical Nicole Mission in other reason. If you ask why people are fighting there. I think it goes to kind of what you said before. It's being part of this legacy. It's doing right by the Marines who've become your friends by your your comrades. I mean that's what I think. Inspires aspires people to go the extra distance in those situations but you knew going in at the casualty count could be nervous. Yes and how does it feel carrying that knowledge walking in I think that the number you gave in the book because you are expected potentially lose seventy percent in fact the number was higher. There is a moment before we went in when my same company commander my platoon had been tasked with an our company which is three platoons about forty marines H.. R. Platoon was passed as with the call the main effort so we were going to be the lead platoon going in and you know if you've studied kind of urban combat and tactics the casualty rates for the Filippo Turner usually very very high and I remember my company commander just quietly pulling me aside and pulling a friend of mine decide who is the commander of Neo platoons in saying. Hey you to need to just have talked through the plan for how Elliot Elliot how your platoon is going to get back filled because I don't expect you guys to be combat-effective by the end of the first day combat effect of basically means. I don't expect enough of the lieutenant to be left that you'll be a you know a healthy fighting organization anymore soon that's pretty sobering <hes> but on at the same time I mean you know it's not like I woke up one day and found myself as Marine infantry officer you know I was seventeen years old. When I decided I wanted to go into the marines I worked very hard hard my senior year of Highschool to get in on R._O._T._C. Scholarship? I then spent five years in university working for a bachelor's degree in a master's degree all the while knowing I was going into the Marines and then when I became a lieutenant trained for a year before ever showing up to the infantry sorry so you know about seven years of my life I've been preparing for this and so in the moment arrives they look at you and say you know you might need to get back filled you. You've known that there's a chance at this might be where your career is heading and so I think you just feel ready afford to accept a it's to feel ready for it in anticipation but it's another thing to watch men fall in front of you or your comrades and you tell a story about how what rainy nights let's remind you of a moment on Highway Tan with Gunnery Sergeant Ranch chain and Sergeant Lonnie Wells what happened well Lonnie Wells. <hes> was a squad.

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