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The anniversary of the start of the Iraq War has been marked by the same kind of bloodshed prominent.
In the past decade a wave of bombings in the Baghdad area today but at least 65 people dead more than 200 wounded.
Tonight senior correspondent Rick Leventhal continues his look at the war by talking with the man who was there literally.
At the beginning of shock and all.
On March 20 2003 with the US on the -- war.
It was the third light armored reconnaissance battalion that -- the historic first shots on the ground.
Over the Kuwaiti border.
Sargent bill globally as the man who pulled the trigger.
The explosive rounds from a 25 millimeter bushmaster chain gun leveled an Iraqi guard post helping clear -- path for the invasion.
The enemy responded firing mortars and a couple days later ambushing the battalion.
The firefight lasted an hour -- may never leaving his big gun.
Before engaging all around looking out.
See what I see him.
Seen a couple of -- troops.
Fired -- and didn't -- anymore once a car found him.
What do you remember most about it.
The the lack of sleep.
The longer hours.
-- basically pushing my body.
To the Max just make sure once again squared away plumbing is still on the court promoted to first sergeant helping train reservists in Joliet Illinois.
-- -- -- Carry go good job.
And spending quality time with his wife and two young sons -- says he doesn't -- -- -- -- his service and still believes our troops made a difference in Iraq.
It's kind of a culture of about someone always put their foot on their -- and I think the US military.
And getting along -- its allies did a great job of trying to release separate should be -- a little bit more freedom.
And while Marines don't typically travel -- news crews -- says it made a big difference to loved ones back home.
You being with our company and a lot of Marines and a lot of the families.
Including wives had that link directly to LA are.
Every day every night they said -- you watch Fox News this you pop up on their -- they noticed you came upon.
The TV there any update on they're on their spouse whether you were interviewing -- Bluntly says the worst part about having us there was we kept beating his favorite -- Murray's.
And the sixteen year veteran says he'll stay in the Marines as long as the -- we'll have him.
-- -- -- thank you.
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