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NAYLOR: Boy, you know, we didn't know who was and who wasn't an insurgent. Wehad no idea. Like I said, we worked with Iraqis during the day and then we'dcatch 'em at night. You know. Basically--oh, I was gonna--I lost my train ofthought. I had a story too. As far as their skill level, go back to like,February 19th when we were basically attacked, we were handing out flyers forthe upcoming election and we caught fire from a house. And the Iraqi ran out ofthe house, we ran around the backside--a couple guys ran around the backsidewith their M-4s and they drew fire from a guy shootin' with a pistol. And therewas a guy shootin' a machine gun and then they got shot at by the guy with the00:25:00pistol, and the guy with the pistol was running about thirty yards away and shotone of sergeants in the face. And--which is--that takes some skill, I mean,that's a piece of junk pistol and he shot him right in the face. And then weended up shooting him back but not after he shot a couple of our guys.
NAYLOR: --think--we worked with a couple--we worked with interpreters too. And00:29:00the interpreters were in such a tough position. I just remember having aconversation with one of the interpreters one night and we were just--I think itwas after an assault and we were sitting there after everything was gettingcleaned up and we were talking and he was just so emotional. He's like, \"I lovemy country, I love my country.\" I just remember him saying that. And I felt sobad for him, you know. Because he didn't have anywhere to go after this. Hecouldn't go back to his home, you know, because--and he lived in Baghdad and theinsurgents knew all about who he was, they'd see him out on missions and wetried our best to have him concealed but they knew who he was and so--you know,who knows if he's still alive at this point. But, you know, he cared. Theinterpreters cared. I'm sure some of the soldiers did but it was just so earlyon and it was going against the grain to work with us at that point. Definitely.
NAYLOR: There's a couple. As far as being--there's, I'd say three. Threedifferent times when the training really kicked in and the first was when, likeI said before, we were attacked from a house when we were handing out electionflyers. And we weren't expecting much, but again it was new territory where wehadn't been before, we were kinda going outside of our usual AO [area ofoperation]. So, we were attacked from the house, we returned fire at the house,a couple NCOs ran around the back of the house, they drew fire in the back. Wesaw four or five individuals run out of the house. And Sergeant was shot in theface, or through the jaw, basically here to here. And I was in the back truckand I remember them calling over the radio that Sarge was shot in the face and00:35:00get the medic up here quick, \"Get Joe up here quick.\" And so basically while wewere in the fight, I ran from the back of the truck to the front of the truck. Igot up there and he was conscious and everything. He was kinda holding his facelike this. And you know, we were still drawing fire at that time so it was justa quick reaction, bandage it up. We were in a pretty rural area so we had tocall in a medevac 'copter and we couldn't get the one from our base so we had tocall the Khalidiya. And they wouldn't come if we were drawing fire, so basicallyI had to tell them that we weren't drawing fire to get the bird in the air.
NAYLOR: Well--yeah, the triage of the whole thing, you kinda go back to what youwere trained on. Obviously facial wounds, chest, the breathing, you go back to00:44:00that. I made a mistake 'cause I couldn't strip everybody down and look ateverybody 'cause we had to get back 'cause Sergeant Craig wasn't breathing, youknow, barely. So, you know, I made a mistake because one of the guys had ashrapnel wound to his face and he looked like he needed to get back but therewas also another NCO that had a chest wound at the time. And he was in about thesecond to worst shape and I--you know, just a quick judgement call. And we dohave help, you know, everybody's doing their best to help out and treat theseguys. We have first responders, basically. You know, first responder trainingfor a lotta the soldiers so they're able to help out and try to get IVs startedand everything. But that's basically all you have. You just have to go on yourgut feeling.
NAYLOR: Holy crap, I'm in a fire fight. I mean, holy smokes this is actuallyhappening. We didn't have it as bad as some people did. I know that. But we didhave instance where we were--I thought we were gonna for surely die. I mean,going into--when we were spear-heading a mission into Fallujah where we had toclear these roads for the Marines. And we had to clear these roads that we knewthere was insurgents on. And we kinda leap frogged each other, one platoon would00:46:00go so far and then another one would come back. And we were pulling security atan intersection when a platoon up front was catching all kinds of fire. And wewere called upon, our four trucks were called upon to go up there and assist.And I remember just driving up there--like, you could see the tracers going upin the air, you could hear the explosions and you know you're just about to getin the middle of this. And, you know, soldiers died that night. And people wereinjured. We didn't know who was shooting at us. We didn't know if it wasfriendly fire, we didn't know where it was coming from, it was in the middle ofthese fields and there's berms and ditches. And it was difficult. I mean, it was horrible. 781b155fdc