Hell in the Streets of Husaybah

The April 2004 Fights of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in Husaybah, Iraq

Lt Col David E. Kelly USMC (Ret)

A unique perspective on the intense fighting in Husaybah during the Iraq war, told through a series of interviews with those who were there, from the battalion commander to infantrymen and squad leaders.
Publication date:
May 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
30 photographs
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ISBN : 9781636241500

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• A unique perspective on the intense fighting in Husaybah; a series of first-hand accounts collected from the 3/7 Marines within days of the battle
• The uprising in Husaybah was part of the insurgency that erupted in Iraq in March 2004 with the killing of American contractors in Fallujah
• Collated and contextualised by Marine Field Historian, Lt Col David E. Kelly USMC (Ret).

During the April 2004 fights throughout Iraq, most media attention was focused on the city of Fallujah. However, at the same time, out on the border with Syria in and around the city of Husaybah, fighting was equally intense.

This book tells the story of that period through many first-person accounts of intense fighting in the town of Husaybah, Iraq, during. It is based on interviews with Marines at all levels of the fight, from battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Matt Lopez, USMC, to infantrymen and squad leaders. When the Lima Company commander Captain Richard Gannon (Call sign Lima 6) was killed on entry to an enemy-held building, the company's executive officer, Lieutenant Dominique Neal (Lima 5) informed his Marines that he had assumed command with the radio message, "Lima 5 is now Lima 6.” It also details the heroic actions of Corporal Jason Dunham who saved the Marines around him by covering an enemy grenade with his body.