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10 years later; local veterans reflect on the Iraqi conflict
Tuesday night News 5 Video Journalist Kevin Rempe, had the chance to catch up with two local veterans who were part of the Iraqi invasion a decade ago today.
“That day seemed like every other day we didn't know exactly one. Everything would start happening we were on our way to the port city of Kuwait to pick up our Humvee and vehicles and we were on our way back up to Camp New York when were listening to basically the whole war straight on little more than a walky talky basically,” said T.J. Frazier, Iraqi War Veteran.
“I was on night watch that night, kind of testing my marines out with passwords you know to change pass words to let them in and off base and the call of word of mouth they we're going over. Saddam didn't back down. You know we're going over the next day it was plans and helicopters ever were filled the sky,” said Travis Karr, Iraqi War Veteran.
We went to every small little city in Iraq and we set up the military base there. Set up an EPW catche then we move north after about 2 days so I was in I think 30 different cities in about a month and a half time. It was pretty exciting we thought it was over this is great it's done there wasn't a lot of fire fight there wasn't a lot of stuff going on so we can call it quits and go home,” said Frazier.
“A lot of them were saying thank you we're happy to have you here. There were only a few bad seeds in that crowd and those were the ones who had something to lose by Saddam falling,” said Karr.
“I want to say what they all were looking for were immediate results not the process of rebuilding their cities. And that's when they started to more discouraged by the whole process. Going after him was the right decision because who knows what he could have come up with or his sons could have came up with,” said Frazier
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