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« on: May 27, 2010, 02:16:19 PM »

In honor of memorial day weekend, here are some of the pics I took while deployed in Iraq


Sitting in the defense - Nazariyah



Manning the .50 cals - ship security



This shows the staging area for the tracks at Camp Victory, later renamed Camp Liberty



Scud missle attack incoming - Gas masks on



Track (AAV) staging area. Camp Victory



Boom! Airstrike if I remember correctly

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 02:22:42 PM »

Thanks, man. Seriously.

I hope everyone gets to come home soon.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 02:24:07 PM »



My original dirty 3-dozen. I will remember them always



Nazariyah has been secured. Digging into the defense



Budweiser Time!






Burning our own shit.  Well somebody has to do it  icon_wink




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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 02:27:19 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 02:32:43 PM »

Love the pics dude. I especially like how someone has the presence of mind to snap a photo during the Scud attack. And then the thumbs up. That's awesome smile
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 02:33:09 PM »


Found a stash of these babies in an abandoned bunker. Smoke 'em if ya got em



Helping EOD detonate ordinance



Tank Graveyard






One of the many abandoned puppies I found during patrol






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Checkpoint duty sucks








Small anti-personel IED that went off on our patrol route









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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010, 02:52:12 PM »






One of my best friends in the Corps.  A Russian immigrant that wanted a better life and joined the Marines lol.  Didn't speak english well, wasn't the brightest of people....but very talented in the combat zone  ninja





Mop up operation patrol after area was blasted by Air strikes









Here's Dogmeat sitting at attention




The local Starbucks =D




Caught some insurgents digging an IED emplacement in broad daylight.  They popped off a few rounds at me so I did my duty





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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2010, 03:03:31 PM »

Dogmeat!  how's he doing?
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2010, 03:16:10 PM »

Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing. Just curious how your Russian friend is doing. Still in the Corps or did his service help him get that better life?
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2010, 03:21:17 PM »

Amazing pics.  Thanks for all you do Kato.   thumbsup
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2010, 03:24:40 PM »

There's nothing like seeing pictures from someone who was actually there. Great pictures!
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2010, 03:37:43 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 27, 2010, 02:24:07 PM



Budweiser Time!


 icon_eek  I had no idea how rough you guys had it!

But seriously, thanks for the pics! 
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2010, 03:38:13 PM »

Quote from: Jag on May 27, 2010, 03:16:10 PM

Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing. Just curious how your Russian friend is doing. Still in the Corps or did his service help him get that better life?

He's doing fine. He re-enlisted for another 6 years so I think its safe to say he's a career Marine now.  
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2010, 03:41:12 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on May 27, 2010, 03:37:43 PM

icon_eek  I had no idea how rough you guys had it!

But seriously, thanks for the pics! 

they're drinking Coors, Bud and Bud Light.... they must have been confined to Abu Ghraib for something.
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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2010, 03:46:01 PM »

Great pics Kato!
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2010, 04:10:17 PM »

I am under the moon......................now

Thank you for the pictures, thank you for your service, and rest assured that at our Memorial Day BBQ we'll continue the annual "Toast to Kato."  Probably 20 or 30 times.   wasted

Cheers my friend.  And thanks.
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2010, 04:24:13 PM »

Amazing.  Thanks.
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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2010, 04:44:29 PM »

Great screenies, but there's no way my rig will ever run that.

Thanks for sharing and for serving.
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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2010, 04:50:02 PM »

Those are excellent pictures Kato - really appreciate you sharing them.
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« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2010, 04:57:05 PM »

I'll add on.  As a son, grandson, and nephew of military members, I am extremely thankful for your service and that of your brothers in arms.  Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your lives during that time.  This country owes you so much more than we will ever be able to pay. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2010, 05:07:28 PM »

rock on Kato, thanks!
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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2010, 05:31:31 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on May 27, 2010, 04:10:17 PM

I am under the moon......................now

Thank you for the pictures, thank you for your service, and rest assured that at our Memorial Day BBQ we'll continue the annual "Toast to Kato."  Probably 20 or 30 times.   wasted

Cheers my friend.  And thanks.

Thanks Pete, and like my Russian friend Geverich would say, "I may not be smart, but I sure am physical.....just like Bear."
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« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2010, 05:34:23 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 27, 2010, 05:31:31 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 27, 2010, 04:10:17 PM

I am under the moon......................now

Thank you for the pictures, thank you for your service, and rest assured that at our Memorial Day BBQ we'll continue the annual "Toast to Kato."  Probably 20 or 30 times.   wasted

Cheers my friend.  And thanks.

Thanks Pete, and like my Russian friend Geverich would say, "I may not be smart, but I sure am physical.....just like Bear."

Does Geverich spend a lot of time lamenting the fact he could never catch moose and squirrel?
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« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2010, 05:47:16 PM »


Iraq can be scenic at times....




Boarding a C-130, read to ship out









Final shot I took before leaving Camp Victory



Happy Memorial Day to all Veterans past and present
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« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2010, 06:12:59 PM »

Thanks to you and all those who have and do serve the country.
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« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2010, 06:31:28 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2010, 07:04:45 PM »

Kato, thanks

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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2010, 08:44:53 PM »

Wonderful shots, Kato.

Love this one:

Glasses and the grin make the shot.
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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2010, 11:18:34 PM »

Sweetwater personified!  icon_biggrin

Nice pics and thanks as said above!
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« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2010, 11:24:36 PM »

Quote from: lildrgn on May 27, 2010, 08:44:53 PM

Wonderful shots, Kato.

Love this one:

Glasses and the grin make the shot.

Thank you gentlemen for your sacrifices.



I wish to say thank you to all of the Police and Fire departments too.
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« Reply #31 on: May 27, 2010, 11:30:51 PM »

Thank you for the pictures Kato...brought back memories. My Son just got home last June from Iraq, and I thank God every day. It was the worst year of my life, worrying about him every day, but I and his father were always so very proud of him, and all of you that served there. Bless all who serve and bring them home safe. He also had some amazing pictures, a lot are really beautiful, a lot are really scary. He's Air Force.
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« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2010, 11:56:41 PM »

Great Pics Kato.  Thanks for your service, your a better man than me.

I particularly like the tank graveyard one.  Not sure why but it just speaks to me.
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« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2010, 12:00:22 PM »

Amen.
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« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2010, 12:18:40 PM »

Great pics man.  I had completely forgotten about having to burn our crap.  Thanks a lot for reminding me!

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« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2010, 12:36:53 PM »

Great job, Kato! On the pics and the service. I'm sorry about the Budweiser. We need to treat our troops better than that.
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« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2010, 05:45:42 PM »

Quote from: lildrgn on May 27, 2010, 08:44:53 PM

Wonderful shots, Kato.

Love this one:

Glasses and the grin make the shot.

Thanks again Kato to you and all that serve!

BTW What is Matt Damon doing there?  icon_wink (for clarification, the guy behind the guy with the glasses)
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Quote from: lildrgn on May 27, 2010, 08:44:53 PM

Wonderful shots, Kato.

Love this one:

Glasses and the grin make the shot.

Thanks again Kato to you and all that serve!

BTW What is Matt Damon doing there?  icon_wink (for clarification, the guy behind the guy with the glasses)

I think that may be a girl...
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« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2010, 05:51:32 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on May 28, 2010, 05:48:11 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on May 28, 2010, 05:45:42 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on May 27, 2010, 08:44:53 PM

Wonderful shots, Kato.

Love this one:

Glasses and the grin make the shot.

Thanks again Kato to you and all that serve!

BTW What is Matt Damon doing there?  icon_wink (for clarification, the guy behind the guy with the glasses)

I think that may be a girl...

Yep, those are lady-type Marines.  Those two were attached to us so they could search/question Iraqi women at checkpoints
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« Reply #39 on: May 28, 2010, 06:03:04 PM »


A couple of years later, our unit was finally issued better gear (still not Army standard though  icon_confused)

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