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May 5, 2011

New York Marines

"Bin Laden's death is a moment of special symbolism for the men of the 6th Communication Battalion Marines, writes Online Editor Ed Fraser. They lost three of their number to the 9/11 attack.
File picture shows firemen working around the World Trade Center after both towers collapsed in New York (Reuters)
For the 6th Communications Battalion Marines, the eve of the war in Iraq in 2003 was personal.
The battalion, a reserve force based around Brooklyn, New York, included an assortment of policemen and firefighters who were dubbed heroes after the 9/11 attack.
Those same men who had rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center towers that September 11 morning were now back in the combat desert uniform of US Marine Reserves - called back into military action to join the manhunt for Osama bin Laden."

We worked with this unit on a number of exercises in the 1980's.  Good Marines. They had a large number of minorities, as did our unit from Chicago. I remember young Marine calling to his buddy from 100 feet away, "Hey, Mon, have you got any hotsauce?" "Yes, Mon", and he proceeded to produce a bottle and handed it to our Marine. Our Marine used the hotsauce on his C Rats, saying "I love hot sauce, Mon, I put it on everything, even my chocolate", and he did so, eating his hot sauce chocolate with relish.

We competed with this unit a lot. We always wanted to show them that Chicago Marines were superior to New York Marines. A great competition between to great Marine units. And both units have now served in Iraq and or Afghanistan.

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