1LT Travis Manion Posted by: McQ
on Friday, September 21, 2007
Bill Ardolino, who blogs at INDC Journal and is presently embedded in Iraq, doesn't ask for much in the way of links. But he has asked that his story about Marine 1LT Travis Manion be linked if possible. Of course it's possible. And it is a story well worth reading. Manion was with an MiTT team (a team which embeds with the Iraqis they're training) and was killed in action recently. The Iraqis named their Combat Outpost after him. The Iraqi Colonel commanding the brigade of the IA which Manion was with said this at his memorial service:
"The advisors on a MiTT team are very different from the other American forces in Iraq. They are choosing to live with us, in our ways, share the same hardships and dangers, and choose to fight along-side of us. Many days. Every day," said Jafar. "Their blood is spilled alongside of ours on the battlefield. It mixes with ours. This is why Mulazam (lieutenant) Manion was, and will always be, our brother."