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-- a war stories.
From the homefront sacrifice and day.
That's kind of -- the area.
To the front lines is a very dangerous place.
Where we witness a powerful shake join the fight against al-Qaeda.
Also fixed -- -- we are a threat to them and you make a difference.
Each of these soldiers as advanced our mission.
All that's just ahead on war story.
These are American heroes.
Fighting terrorists and some of the most difficult and dangerous streets under.
Good evening I'm all over north this is war stories coming -- from ramadi Iraq where were embedded with the first battalion sixth Marines.
A hero as a person who puts himself at risk for the benefit of another.
That certainly describes these Marines and more than -- 130000.
Other members of our armed forces serving -- 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 terror.
For these young Americans that this war begins before dawn.
After a fast shaved showered cleanup and a plate of breakfast they head out on patrol.
Or you're out.
Quick reaction force.
The routine for anxious families back in the states isn't carried out in flak jackets and helmets.
But there's this often.
A day that's -- his challenge.
Tonight what it's really life.
For the heroes here and their families on the home -- I've committed more than 20000 additional American troops to Iraq yeah I got a -- -- -- we're told the new strategy change America's course in Iraq.
Countless families are also sacrificing.
As -- support and -- you have to.
If you think back up underneath you and regroup.
First the giants six -- was part of the American expeditionary force.
Which -- on the black -- urging fellow woods and the other battles won't.
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.
-- -- -- -- Thought everywhere from Guadalcanal the Marines landed -- surprise attack and what they -- the hill.
Don't want -- The site and.
Finally finding of the Pacific island.
And then -- Okinawa.
And end -- victorious island -- thing.
Tell the Marines every day that -- -- same -- that -- canal.
You once played linebacker for the University of Cincinnati.
Today he leads the to -- men of Charlie company first battalion sixth Marines.
It starts right now just look through his career with the six marine regiment and just.
And it's amazing and and -- -- global war on terrorism and Afghanistan and our second time here 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 here support the -- -- -- -- Iraqi Security Forces.
Security and stability.
-- -- Now on their second tour of duty in Iraq 16 is assigned to the city of ramadi.
Capital of the volatile a lot of our profits.
They're part of the first brigade of the first armored division under the command of colonel Sean McFarland.
We're five -- -- and that doesn't include the Iraqi Army soldiers who also by.
-- this 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 dedication each other is symbolized.
In the 16 insignia.
India had was the insignia that the American expeditionary force uses while fighting in France don't -- We're tribal and then we take care of one another.
The 11100 men and -- -- -- inhaled from cities and towns all across the United States almost three quarters are under the age 25.
We gathered -- -- the time discuss the circumstances.
And what our priorities are.
These young Marines there but -- commander lieutenant colonel bill journey as a father figure leaving encouraging and admonishing is appropriate.
He never asked them to do that which he -- -- skies over a thousand Marines and sailors there.
Looking to him for direction and guidance in this content it.
Back at Camp Lejeune his wife sue as an unpaid but equally challenging task.
Keeping up the morale on the home for a.
Married for eighteen years of journey is no stranger to the Marine Corps she is a key role with a battalions families back in the states.
-- and the beauty to the families of kids back here you try to help them.
With the challenges that they may -- in the phone I was not prepared for an appointment for Barack.
Julie vehicles husband his staff sergeant might be able to sacrifice that he has at home it's.
Unbelievable now -- his third tour of duty in Iraq she's become all too familiar with the challenges deployments create.
For more prepared but -- -- in some ways it makes it harder.
Because you know what they're both -- -- the full.
We have survived eight deployment they don't get any easier because that every appointment you're at a different stage in your life.
This -- -- appointment.
Jennifer white -- husband -- while he was sacking quarterbacks at Cincinnati.
When we know who's about to deploy we always tried to think that it can't about it -- -- know it's coming and he's got to leave our.
Had some really hard hard question.
And -- and hope you -- He wanted to know about that -- dying and what will happen what will happen.
But she's been able to handle everything that that and recorders from that.
-- Many children of our servicemen and women have questions when their parents deployed to a combat -- -- journey is no exception.
An easy thinking about us how old he flees into over there he gets the okay.
And Miami gets out of behind every.
Military member there's there's a family behind them.
Rachel Allen is the -- of selfless somebody gunnery sergeant -- and her mother and daughter in the father.
Husbands and wives and children.
Anything that affects them affects apple -- 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.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It is absolutely critical things.
And the strength.
Of our military organs and.
-- war stories continues.
On the home front it's often a challenge to keep the motor pool of the running.
This thing starting her home.
And on the front lines in Iraq.
At a news paper proves it still.
A very dangerous place.
There's a very dangerous place make no mistake.
Located seventy miles west of Baghdad deep inside the Sunni Triangle.
-- is a city of 400000 mostly peaceful Iraqis.
The living among them a ruthless terrorists determined to make the city a living hell.
When we first got here there was more of a mixture now it's.
The al-Qaeda and -- and terrorist organization.
The insurgents -- improvised explosive devices -- ICDs.
A constant threat on the streets.
Over fifty another American servicemen and women have died from deadly weapons.
Today this tactic is augmented by enemy snipers.
-- throughout the city they target both Americans and their own police like lieutenant colonel Jabbar.
And it's been good so we're both it's probably more if you see the -- -- here's the medics.
I love the battle of the absolute -- from its definitely -- -- it's.
A matter that you.
The same time the other night and got shots.
So I think.
We'll take -- -- okay very brave.
-- -- -- -- -- -- To combat the threat the Marines playing no notice patrols with soldiers -- the first brigade.
Tough month for the -- Tiger is sort of just.
They -- here.
All right we'll get up there in the combat operations that are COC lieutenant -- -- briefs his men on the operations.
-- -- -- -- every team owners thought about weapons company's CEO kept -- -- my car offers some final instructions.
Just -- And I choose.
Since the start -- -- -- -- -- -- -- At make sure that the Marines and -- -- here and go back out.
Do our vehicle checks and turn things -- all right -- The Marines and soldiers moved over to an area of town known to be infested with enemy fighters moving -- the left for the health.
First let's put it.
They spotted armed insurgents.
Let's fire station back to the COC kept in the heart receive radio reports from the field.
-- Another hole over -- to -- up.
-- -- The black.
You wanted by the Marines or soldiers are injured in the symbol.
That is the video it tests the enemy from seemingly appear out of nowhere.
Is a lifestyle and it affects everybody.
In your family what -- that they feel individuals.
Household going and -- one now.
The world still turn you still have a -- Kids.
Birthdays holidays and you have to do between soccer and dance and meetings the other night and philosophies.
Who didn't attack my son actually this appointment.
Had his -- -- To everything -- easy seven months away from my wife -- at all files like it should probably come from.
And who do you think he handles all the finances.
Including writing the checks I don't think I have heard one -- McGwire -- You are the dad you are the moms you're wearing all those different hats -- deployed and you're trying to juggle -- all and keep it all balanced.
Now -- -- ever be ready -- that can do best they -- Welcome Perez might hear Lance corporal Courtney Roush and his wife Vanessa have been married only seven months and via Cisco draw this.
Basically you know -- lived alone for first time their life.
Young marine is also concerned about his parents I don't want to weigh in more than necessary then just -- let them.
-- -- staff sergeant Beagle is well aware just how much his wife has to do -- her own.
Raising two kids very pregnant right now.
He's got to take care of its vehicles.
Any problems arise that do ourselves.
Sometimes it just takes a little elbow grease that truck -- a guest -- please.
Started -- once a week you were going.
Baby girl -- and I -- -- and I doubt if this thing it's starting to get home.
Hands -- he broke down in the past he's stopped that they need some help take some good.
-- played as an experienced.
-- -- -- -- Who's making -- greater sacrifice in this war without question.
Our families have the -- mission.
They have -- learned to adapt.
And live their lives and raise their families.
And I have since.
Military spouses are sacrificing every day.
The way they handle things at home and very important to you in mission in Iraq.
Because if the guys have been there are worried.
About how things are gone at home than I can't stay focused on their mission team -- I have things.
Control here I don't think.
He worried she's been a strong marine officer.
It's amazing but I at a -- most spouses of the United States Marines.
Pretty doggone good strong willed independent wolf I can do -- really it's easier over here I think.
On war stories.
Technology brings the front lines to the living.
In real time.
That's next on horror story.
Excited like -- I spend a lot of -- and I don't know because when I -- it -- for centuries letters from home have kept up the spirit of soldiers of war.
We spent he spent time we could find and written letters from home.
Today new technology has changed everything the front line is closer to the home front than ever before.
Value of the Peterson.
Victory and now we've you know back.
When I call I asked how she's doing.
Home team I don't -- -- operations I'll say the weather's nice he'll be here Marines are doing well.
-- -- -- anything but what exactly don't.
-- -- -- -- We'll tell me how's school going.
I've seen -- this or misuse of what is typical.
Uncle he's thinking about things that are going on him.
And we plan on doing.
I don't want to know everything that goes on over there.
And absolutely I don't tell him every little minute detail that happened over here because we have enough to worry about.
Went from other people and comments women should be -- So my wife of for busy as always.
Trailer for continuing to make a difference.
-- in World War II families packed theaters hoping to catch a glimpse of a -- one.
While watching movie tone news.
-- I did not take this dramatic way of sending a Christmas message is don't give us.
Can send greetings to have folks at home.
-- -- -- -- Merry Christmas to all and by the end of next do all -- it back together again.
Now satellite technology does this in real time.
It's I could erupt in the exclusive interview you don't want to miss.
Hagan and -- good night I guess change or getting ready to.
Going the there here -- believe her kids there.
-- -- well all right.
Got it I'll tell you.
Okay yeah they live at.
-- going to be and when Ali yeah.
-- Now live from ramadi Iraq the host of war stories colonel Oliver North with a special guests.
I'm here in ramadi with the lieutenant colonel William journey.
The commanding officer of first battalion sixth Marines today families like the journeys often see Reports From the Front lines as they happen.
Those folks coming forward to help provide Iraqi solutions to Iraqi problems.
And we're here to support this isn't -- government in that endeavor.
Anybody back at home he wanted to say I should.
Say well -- of like to say.
Merry Christmas to my wife salute him my kids Troy Madison.
Watson now -- Ford -- real soon.
But -- satellites email and iPods some things never change.
-- in Iraq the mail has to be delivered by armed Marines wearing flak jackets and helmets back at Camp Lejeune post man is an arm.
For these equally appreciated.
And you tidal -- -- -- because no no no news is good minutes.
I wait to hear from my -- now he's the one thing you know.
Coming up when.
You know it's just -- -- long list of men that.
Kill me loud and testing day.
In the end here some.
Not quite warm it is -- a lot of automatic fire are -- East Coast I must be today when we get ready for the next couple of days.
I'm really glad they tell me what kind I think my letter on the back to my area and I like to be quiet -- -- just.
It's honestly I'm just.
-- Look forward to hearing from you soon.
And let -- -- as some cases and has its flash him and my.
Coming off a Sunni tribal chief -- the coalition fighting the insurgents.
We are a threat to them.
And later failings on the home front where they'll have to sacrifice.
All that's coming up on war story.
Still heavily contested.
The soldiers and Marines and alarmed -- have a difficult.
What -- the cutting edge of a new way of training equipping and advising Iraqi police and soldiers.
To rebuild and secure their country.
We'll -- -- -- ball come together in this in the does that help when truckloads of them for.
So they're looking -- -- for more mobile.
This -- these are really our natural allies in the war and stuff and -- have terrorized these people.
The point where there are afraid to go out of.
Just in basic things like go to school.
The senior Iraqi official in Milan -- a businessman and governor let Hiroshi.
More stories visit with the governor more than a year ago.
Shortly after we came to office.
He's faced with a tough task of bringing stability to the province.
-- Obama -- redundancy there.
Lose last year this done this before that much.
When we left for the chance to quote you from Fox News.
Is the situation.
In -- a lot -- problems.
That is today -- worse than it was less well thought.
But of Qaeda has increased activity and Alomar proud we are beginning to change.
Tribes are now.
Getting the courage to stand up to al-Qaeda and fight back and we're helping them do that.
The suns well all barred from Fallujah a time have risen up to fight terrorists -- young sons of -- Are fighting very strong -- although.
Thank you very much I hope to see you once again -- ramadi were stories set up.
To meet these sons of -- bar and a key tribal leader Sheikh Abdul Sattar we go from here to six ourselves.
For remarks he myself because it's real fault like -- -- -- six by Sheikh Sattar -- that -- The evolution track will have a long history of fighting for the people Al Anbar bigs out the gate make a left -- -- Hagel have done more.
-- write off mobile it is big.
-- -- -- Yeah OK okay joining thank you very much inches of we welcome centers located at carton and -- out.
During our -- Sheikh Sattar made it quite clear -- he considers the enemy.
First the terrorists have the upper hand.
There were also spreading the word that the coalition forces are the enemy of the ice hockey they -- -- see if the conflict with the American forces.
They fear that we have a force here and all -- that we -- -- threat to them what is the biggest challenge that you face today.
When dealing with the fact that.
You know what I told the deputy prime minister in Baghdad but they're not paying enough attention Lombard.
-- initial public -- votes of people should understand along Mars possibly the most important progress.
-- -- what happens in Iraq -- -- -- If we see a stable Lombard I think you'll see things in Iraq change but it also takes brave men really men and good leaders.
I can think for our charge your friends with the United States and -- and good relation with the America.
Through his movement called the awakening shakes its tires -- the prime motivate -- in the push to encourage the Sunni sons of all on hard to volunteer for service.
We have this window of opportunity where the young men are coming forward and enjoying the security questions.
-- There yeah smile or these guys here.
Showing tremendous courage by doing in this.
After passing their initial test these -- are sent to the international police training center in Jordan for two months when an Iraqi policeman comes back from training and Jordan we've put into an additional week of training here at camp from money.
And that's supervised by American soldiers but it's run by Iraqi Army soldiers.
More stories join shakes its tires -- -- the training at camp Phoenix where else we get recruited spirited Iran and and and I get reminded reduced minutes again in sixty seconds.
There are cultural or social dynamics and everything that we do.
Major Joseph Jones heads the military transition team more myth from 16.
He's also on the cutting working with Iraqi Shia army soldiers who train Sunni Iraqi police or -- feet.
That I work with beautiful.
Southern Iraq -- -- -- Social problems you know I.
-- a local man there is some level of just pure misunderstanding.
They won't -- -- table yeah.
One of those leading this unprecedented effort at cooperation as Iraqi Army colonel salaam a Shiite.
He coordinates with the local Sunni police to secure ramadi one neighborhood at a time.
Always make these searches are going to try extremely hard to separate us we'll.
-- -- All across.
More and more -- Very positive.
Doctor for -- once equipped and trained the Iraqi police and soldiers conduct joint operations with the US troops.
-- every mission is to hunt down and destroy the enemy.
Sometimes it's as simple as -- opening -- school close by al-Qaeda.
You know you.
Their ability to transition.
Ten seconds -- -- her fifteen minutes later turning around sixty minutes who cross.
Tonight we elected he'll be around if you like -- That's what he's -- Big boys school just down the street is also being real good about that I'll have enough that it would -- -- this is their country.
-- among them that we are simply here's where it exists around.
-- -- just ahead don't go.
The formidable task of stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq to millions of US troops hit the top of their game.
And on -- the Marines of 16 are constantly training ensuring they're always prepared for the dangerous missions it and United States Marine Corps very much -- team.
Back to begin -- -- morning trip to this range of these rooms would zero in their weapons.
-- then again there.
Weapons come to -- there is sergeant John Thompson leads the drill.
Don't -- fire safety.
At the firing range -- requires patience and precision.
Elements essential for snipers.
I'm always approach whether the equipment company -- -- -- -- -- -- have things.
-- team has a job.
This case -- I think my children and relate to that we'll play soccer.
Basketball baseball at home.
They're pretty active group this journey kids aren't alone in their local sports.
My oldest sons and also football player.
The company from Notre Dame on Tuesday there but -- very good at soccer.
My old daughter did -- Patrick -- it.
Came in third.
And down my round if she gets out there can -- Devotion to -- results -- the back -- the Britons Americans and Iraqis together incoming calls.
The Iraqis excellent content.
Can move forward from our friends.
Despite being -- by an enemy sniper police chief lieutenant colonel -- stays in the fight eager for his family's future.
Hopefully we will begin always -- -- We'll begin.
Let me ask us once you have -- picture.
My son and -- soccer.
That's the one.
The young man.
They were taken a look at their sons also play football and things -- -- that that.
So what's in the news -- the phone rang it was my husband.
And he says it's up.
And 10 January 2007.
President Bush ordered more US troops to Iraq.
The new strategy I outline tonight will change America's course.
For the Marines and sailors have won six this means an extended deployment by up to three months.
War stories travel to Camp Lejeune North Carolina.
To hear what this means to their families.
And I started ranting and raving and going into this oh my god for -- -- a daily news that suit.
We've got to get this message out our families so we sent the word out through -- -- volunteers.
The key volunteers -- KV network is an essential means of quickly disseminating information to every family member.
-- the deployed Marines and sailors.
-- -- -- Please be advised him.
And then from that each company has coordinators.
He's and why we call.
I'm making basis to -- through processes that help make these calls -- So these girls were making their phone calls at 11 o'clock at night from midnight just to get the word out to.
It definitely I felt like I got punched in with -- and I I think I'll really you have to.
Get your feet back up underneath you and regroup.
For these marine families and extended tour for the loved ones means more of the same.
And continuing to send letters and packages to the Marines and sailors on the front lines.
At lit up it can't seem like things when he doesn't make it if he I've always kind of but I'm working on got a couple of movies and some pictures -- conforms.
They've got a critical time.
Weren't the Marines exchanged and -- -- Britain ramadi Iraq.
This -- really exchange is limited to the bare essentials and -- this is -- -- -- him.
-- this episode I hear you -- those -- got mobilized -- a joke.
We're sporting goods out of away.
Flooding here how little it's all on aisle number one is that -- Here at Camp Lejeune the marine exchange offers an entirely different shopping.
The PX here is a mega mall the electronics.
Everything you'd find at any mall in America.
When it comes to sending something to their loved ones on the front lines what's most valuable money can't.
-- -- -- Stallings from -- from home it's making closer to my hands where we'll see afternoon.
We're praying for him.
Coming up next a marine wife learns her husband's being wounded in action I -- -- Holland about.
1:30 in the morning in in an unprecedented tribute Sheikh Sattar joins US soldiers and Marines been paying respect to the fallen.
All that and more when war stories returns.
Marines take your own.
Whether it's morning in harm's way or some mornings I am.
Simpler for -- us always faithful the spirit extends the Marines on the battlefield.
And -- those on the home front.
In ramadi Iraq the headquarters of the first battalion sixth Marines and one of Saddam his old palaces.
When they return here to Camp Lejeune.
It's this modest World War II era brick building.
We have a full complement.
-- -- -- To assist when our families my job that was.
-- sixth and -- a staff and CEO.
The key role stateside to staff sergeant Jose Martins plays is all too well known that fuel ran.
Wife of weapons company lieutenant Jim -- how did you find out who's wrong.
I got -- some call -- at bat in the middle of the night.
And I knew that a phone call was better than -- the -- And -- on October 2006 an idea exploded next to lieutenant brands humvee.
Who injured in a previous -- Iraq this explosion left 50% of his body was second and third degree burns.
The F staff sergeant -- our breath daily readiness non -- officer.
Let me know that this time it was more serious.
I send to organization that helped mount.
The -- of Iran is recovering at the Brooke army medical center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
From the moment my -- and was injured.
The Marine Corps has been separate and everything I'm with the questions would be questions I have answered.
-- me organize my name suggests then and.
At Camp Lejeune came -- Camp Pendleton California the Marines established the wounded warrior barracks.
Here injured Marines recuperate.
It's hopefuls Ellis got some Marquardt who held that all -- from 16 remained committed to their Brothers in arms.
-- until new prognosis.
Look over here about -- Iverson.
-- -- -- -- -- The first thing my hasn't suddenly woke up I -- -- wounded.
Much on the plan better and -- I'd be able to go back memories.
So I'll make the ultimate sacrifice.
And a war stories was embedded with the first brigade of the first armored division army captain Travis -- Specialist Vincent -- wanted.
Marine major Megan McClung were killed in action.
Major -- became the highest ranking female marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In an online video her fellow Marines paid tribute.
-- you're kidding me.
Your -- isn't always.
Captain Patrick and specialist for Monty in major -- it'll work with tribal chief Sheikh Sattar.
When Sheikh Sattar received -- -- back.
He was devastated.
On 9 December he and other Iraqi leaders attended the memorial.
The first one and I've been through that -- -- The first.
And offer their condolences and heartfelt since these -- people who.
-- -- It is a sacrifice.
Each of these soldiers that we've lost has advanced our.
And on this tour of duty today twelve Marines from first battalion sixth Marines also made the ultimate sacrifice.
I'm always felt strongly and United States Marines don't have a job it's much higher calling -- and I think you can see the selfless.
Sacrifice and calling that each one of these young men and women represented.
For many of these families the sacrifice of those who have fallen.
-- news of an extended tours in perspective.
And then her husband bill and he's here he's -- very calming and some lives out there not even good night anymore we're not asking.
-- -- Nor -- but I think it's worthy recognize the sacrifice.
Service and commitment and now he's brave young.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- There's more from the home front to the front lines just ahead.
Don't go away.
Would you miss most about being home they'll be this simple movements.
Gets Lieberman on either they're playing in front yard I have seen dinnertime.
In time is when commandments just kind of stops.
All at the table just didn't go to movies -- -- ability.
The sacrifice of those -- the home is equally important.
We are all together as a family and when one of us now.
-- our our guys get extended or whatever the bad news is we all rally around each other she homeless.
Many other family members.
Mom fans -- Was reported there SunPower also played very key role.
The strength of our military who's making the greater sacrifice you.
She does she always tells.
There's so it's gonna do -- -- And come back and she wants.
She knows -- He hates to be away from us and me pay for him to be away -- lovely.
I could see him anything now we'll hope we'll -- they have to stay close.
Want to come but there's no doubt that every wounding him and this -- -- Their thoughts -- echoed in the words of a marine combat correspondent 63 years ago.
As the weather and explore -- -- during the Pacific island campaigns of World War II of them.
Look forward -- between the fire happening in the world right.
Alright my little brother -- Typical -- fifty years.
Of the eleven -- Marines who Korman of the first battalion sixth Marines serving in Iraq for a 105 -- married all have them.
The sacrifices being made by those young Americans are now part of the legend.
Of this -- -- -- war.
On the home front and the sacrifices made by those who loved.
We'll be remembered.
And handed down -- generations this is the legacy of every soldiers sailors airmen Guardsmen and -- And their -- Serving in the war on terror theirs -- a war story that deserves full.
I'm Oliver North tonight.
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