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Ramadi remembered

forces in the Anbar province of Iraq.

Southern California troops from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force had deployed to the province a month earlier, planning to win over the people by restoring government services and economic activity disrupted by the 2003 invasion.

Then on March 31, four American security contractors for Blackwater USA were ambushed in Fallujah, their bodies mutilated, burned and hanged from a bridge.

The 1st Marine Division and the Army’s 1st Infantry Division fought street by street in Ramadi and Fallujah, against militants allied with al Qaeda terrorists.

Camp Pendleton’s 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, the first Marine unit to take command of the provincial capital of Ramadi, lost 12 killed the
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During its six month tour, the battalion of about 1,100 known as the "Magnificent Bastards" lost a total of 34 Marines and one sailor killed in action, and more than 250 wounded a toll considered the heaviest
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"Our partners were bankrupt and the people
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The 1st Marine Division is commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Battle of Ramadi with a ceremony and luncheon Sunday at Camp Pendleton. Gold Star families of the war dead, Iraq combat veterans and Marines currently serving with the battalion have been invited to attend.

"The Battle of Ramadi was pivotal for coalition operations in the province," the 1st Marine Division announced. Marines and soldiers killed an estimated 250 rebels from April 6 to April 10, and "the fighting shattered the insurgent offensive."

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