FUHAYLAT, Iraq (Nov. 28, 2006) – Marines assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 rescued one hostage and uncovered two partially buried caches Nov. 28 while conducting a show of force in Fuhaylat, Iraq.
"By rescuing this gentleman and capturing the kidnappers, it shows the Iraqi people we do care for them, their safety and their future," said Lt. Col. William Seely, the 39-year-old battalion commander from Saigon, Vietnam. "I am extremely proud of those Marines. The Marines saved a life and reunited a family. It just doesn’t get any better."
After receiving intelligence from organic sources, Marines raided a house and launched an extensive search of the premises.
"We hit the house, vehicles enveloped it and we cordoned it off," said Sgt. David Evans, a 23-year-old assistant team leader from Natchitoches, La. "We went through it and searched it."
Soon after gaining entry into the facility, Marines discovered three suspected insurgents reclining in beds and a local national hostage huddled on the floor whose body bore marks of torture.
"It looked like they had beaten him pretty bad with a cane," said Cpl. Eric Maxwell, a 21-year-old pointman from Fort Pierce, Fla. "He couldn’t stand on his own; we had to pick him up. Our corpsman provided medical attention to the guy."
The three insurgents were detained.
Story by 2nd Lt. L King