By Salvatore Anthony Esposito Jr.
In March 2003 the USA army introduced an invasion of Iraq. Months afterwards rumors all started circulating approximately human rights violations in army felony amenities all through occupied Iraq. In January 2004, a military MP serving in Abu Ghraib legal left a disc containing photos of prisoner abuse at the mattress of an army investigator. the pictures have been notorious the instant they got here to public cognizance, and the face of the Iraq battle was once re-drawn to be that of sadistic American squaddies. even if, infantrymen have lived and bled and died retaining the human rights of detainees at Abu Ghraib. the current paintings information the braveness, get to the bottom of, and mercy of the warriors of the 344th wrestle aid health center, military reservists from long island who have been additionally current on the dual Towers scene on September eleven, 2001.
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Soldiers pursuing similar degrees were in the right place. They were not in college, but they were learning in the forward area from the detainees, docs, nurses and lab techs. SSG Mace took out several packs batched together. “Level Four, TB meds. ” SSG Mace touched my shoulder and told me there were six pair of glasses for my hajis at the optometrist. Detainees were allowed complete eye exams and eyewear. ” He raised his voice. “Move out, Wire Wolves. The docs and nurses had only sixty new detainees to exam this morning.
I had lost touch with all the Persian Gulf vets I served with. If I was to know anything real about war, I would have to experience it myself. Certain chapters of my life suited me for the present mission; others did not. My personal history mostly contradicted my candidacy as a soldier slated for service in Abu Ghraib after the scandal. I grew up in an infamous little blue-collar town on Long Island named Farmingville, the subject of unﬂattering documentaries. Over decades day laborers from various countries swarmed there seeking work.
They had been in country months longer than us. The ﬁrst part of their tour was spent on the road protecting convoys. The unit out of Kentucky had suffered casualties and was keen to the mindset of dangerous insurgents captured and conﬁned in Abu Ghraib. They made the Wire secure. Yet my Wisconsin training and its mock scenarios had sunk in deep. Fears now intertwined with my duties like poisonous vines, and trust was as foreign to me as these men. I saw in every detainee the Fort McCoy actors who tried to stick a shank in my exposed neck, who stole medica44 Chapter Five tion, who feigned sickness for ulterior reasons or tried to escape.
Abu Ghraib After the Scandal. A Firsthand Account of the 344th Combat Support Hospital, 2005-2006 by Salvatore Anthony Esposito Jr.