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These are American heroes.
Fighting terrorists and some of the most difficult and dangerous streets under.
Good evening I'm all over -- this is war stories coming -- -- from ramadi Iraq where -- embedded with the first time in six Marines.
A hero is a person who puts himself at risk for the benefit of another.
That's certainly describes these Marines and more than a 130000.
Other members of our armed forces serving here in Iraq.
On 10 January 2007.
The commander in chief ordered 21500.
More US troops to the mission here.
That means a longer tour of duty for many on the front lines of the war on.
-- for these young Americans that this war begins before dawn.
After a fast shaved showered cleanup and a plate of breakfast they -- out on patrol.
Outposts training or you're up.
Quick reaction force.
The routine for anxious families back in the states isn't carried out flak jackets and helmets.
But there's as often.
-- -- -- -- -- Tonight what it's really light for the heroes here and their families on the home front.
I've committed more than 20000 additional American troops to Iraq yeah I got a -- of them it.
Required when we're told the new strategy change America's course in Iraq.
Countless families are also sacrificing.
-- -- support.
You have to.
Get your feet back up underneath you and -- group.
Perfect science experience was part of the American expeditionary force.
Which fought under blackjack pershing.
Fellow woods on the other battles home.
Major Dan zappa hails from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
The city of the Three Rivers he's now serving as executive officer of first battalion sixth Marines on the banks of the Euphrates.
North of what to do.
Thought everywhere from Guadalcanal the Marines landed in surprise attack and what they -- the hill.
-- The most violent fighting of the Pacific island.
And then -- Okinawa.
And end -- victorious island.
Tell the Marines every day when -- -- same -- that -- canal.
You once played linebacker for the University of Cincinnati.
Today he leaves the to -- men of Charlie company first battalion sixth Marines.
It starts right now just look through history with the six marine regiment and -- just.
And it's amazing.
And here in the global war on terrorism in Afghanistan and our second time Iraq every day we we treated as -- first day.
States don't North Carolina native lieutenant colonel filled journey his commanding officer of the first battalion sixth beliefs.
The Marines and sailors are here to support Iraqi Government.
Iraqi Security Forces.
Security and stability.
-- -- Now on their second tour of duty in Iraq 16 is -- side to the city of ramadi.
Capital of the volatile -- -- our profits.
They're part of the first brigade of the first armored division under the command of colonel Sean McFarland.
-- -- -- -- -- And that doesn't include the Iraqi Army soldiers -- also by.
With us all together we're pushing 101000 soldiers.
And Marines fighting side by side.
Marines are making a difference every day I volunteered to serve their country.
Committed courageous young man.
The battalions longstanding tradition of dedication each other is symbolized.
In the 16 insignia.
India -- with the insignia that the American expeditionary force -- while fighting in France on one.
We're tribal and then we take care of one another.
The 11100 limited today and -- from cities and towns all across the United States almost three quarters are under the age 25.
-- -- morning.
We gather as of the time discuss the circumstances.
-- parties are.
For these young Marines there but I commander lieutenant colonel bill journey as a father figure leading encouraging and admonishing his appropriate.
He never asked them to do that which he -- He's got over a thousand Marines and sailors there.
Looking to him for direction and guidance in this -- Back at -- Lejeune his wife sue is an unpaid but equally challenging task.
Keeping up the morale on the home for us.
Married for eighteen years of journey is no stranger to the Marine Corps.
She is a key role with the battalions families back in the states.
-- -- -- the beauty to the families of kids.
You know you try to help them.
With the challenges that they may think it's the phone I was not prepared for an appointment -- Barack.
Julie Beatles husband his staff sergeant might be able to sacrifice if she -- home -- -- -- -- now and his third tour of duty in Iraq she's become all too familiar with the challenges deployments create.
I'm more prepared but -- think in some ways it makes harder.
Because you know what they're both for the default.
In the separation.
We have survived eight deployment they don't get any easier because that every appointment here at a different stage in your life.
Let's -- sixth appointment now.
Jennifer white -- husband -- while he was sacking quarterbacks at Cincinnati.
When we know who's about to deploy we always try to think that it can't about it today you know it's coming and that he's got to -- our.
-- -- -- Had some really hard hard question.
And who can help you -- anyway now about that -- dying and what will happen what will happen.
She's been able to handle everything -- that.
And records room that.
Many children of our servicemen and women have questions when their parents deployed to a combat self.
Troy journey is no exception.
Sneezing thinking about so how will you please -- -- over there -- gonna -- okay.
In Miami gets out of behind every.
Military member there's there's a family behind them.
Rachel Allen is the wave of -- -- gunnery sergeant -- out you know whether it's an honor the father.
Husbands and wives and children.
Anything that affects them affects sample -- I mean I don't think ordinary Americans.
In my perspective would really understand unless they had to go through it when you think in the marine you think of how strong.
-- And although Edwards could drive the corporate side.
And the strength.
Of our military organization.
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