PART ONE: APRIL 6, 2004
© David Robert Swanson, USA, The Philadelphia
Iraq. April 6, 2004. This day marked the Marines' heaviest
fighting since Vietnam and was the start of the Iraqi insurgency. By the
end of the day more than 40 Marines and hundreds of Iraqis were dead.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a day that transformed
the war in Iraq. General Sanchez, commander of US forces that day, will
give us his perspective. And, we'll talk with the Marines who were there
about a day they'll never forget.
This hour takes a look back at one momentous day during
the war in Iraq: April 6, 2004 saw the birth of the Iraqi insurgency
and the heaviest fighting the U.S. Marines had encountered since Vietnam.
Donovan Campbell commanded a platoon of Marines in Ramadi. He
tells Steve Paulson that to understand the events of April 6, you have
to know what went on the night before. He also tells the story in his
memoir, "Joker One."
Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez served as
Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq from June 2003 to June 2004. He
shared power with Paul Bremer, the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional
Authority. Sanchez commanded Coalition Forces during the capture of
Saddam Hussein, the revelation about Abu Ghraib and on April 6, 2004.
His memoir is called "Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story."
General Sanchez recalled his service in this candid discussion with
Steve Levin is the producer of a documentary
film, "Jerabek," which follows the family of a young Marine
killed in the ambush at ar-Ramadi on April 6, 2004. Levin talks with
Anne Strainchamps about his film and its subject - Ryan Jerabek, his
family and community. Also, journalist David Swanson was embedded
in ar-Ramadi with Ryan Jerabek's unit the day Ryan died. He tells Jim
Fleming the Marines knew that location was dangerous and resented having
to patrol there every day at the same time. David Swanson is
a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. His war photography
is available at http://edafe.org/2005/05/echoes-of-war.
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Wiser In Battle: A Soldiers Story (Harper)
Lt. Donovan Campbell, Joker One: A Marine
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