On October 10, 2004 in Ramad, Iraq, the mission for the night was to shut down an Iraqi Police compound filled with Iraqi police who were really terrorists or terrorist sympathizers. Their job was to disband the police “department” and confiscate any weapons they might have.
They were ordered to take the same way out as how they came in, which is a big no-no in combat tactics. To no one’s surprise, the column is ambushed and people died.
One of the people in the convoy saw the video and wrote the following information. This seems to imply that Patton was not actually in the convoy, but in the rear with his gear. The company commander may have been an Army captain, but if true, it appears that Patton did his level best to cover-up what occurred.
“(I) was in this convoy that day in Ramadi as the driver of one the M113 with B Co. 44th Engineers, the initial ambush was intense as the all were down Route Michigan at that time in Ramadi. I would end up doing another tour in 07-09 and it paled in comparison to Ramadi with the 44th Eng. 04-05.
I never spoke about those days in the rest of military career and don’t still, I just seen this and felt I should speak on it. Unfortunately one hundred percent the leadership was at fault here, eventually the Brigade Commander Col. Gary S. Patton now a Major General was relieved and sent back stateside to push doctrine paperwork.
Even more unfortunately it wasn’t because of this incident, it was because he was not shit of a leader compared to the Marine Commanders on Camp Blue Diamond next door whom owned the battle-space.
That day immediately after clearing at the gate on the FOB we heard the reality that there we were out there still and turned our squads around from B Co. only to be stopped with threats that we could not go back out.
Lux was a fuckin warrior that night in a situation he shouldn’t have had to been stuck in. I took the sad lessons learned during that deployment and was probably seen as a fairly cold angry leader on subsequent deployments.
I learned the hard way that we went to war with a lot of men in leadership positions that knew nothing about combat and had no more experience than that of their lowest subordinates when it came to intense tactics in urban ops.
From the early days in this war the best leaders were often made during shit like this because they were learning at the same speed than those actually calling the shots and we were the ones doing the ground work of combat actions there in the capital of the Sunni Triangle.
Those of us who did our time over there completing our task to complete our jobs and objectives know who and who were not the heroes. Getting medals for your rank and simply doing your job isn’t what the policies were written for. Continue mission boys, keep up the fight!”
The video speaks for itself. It’s 20 minutes long and worth watching.
And this the kind of person the United States Army believes is worthy of holding the rank of a flag-ranking officer…