1st Platoon of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment

Demise of a hard-fighting squad

This MSNBC.com story is currently about a squad of Marine Reservists that has had every memeber killed or wounded in the past four days. They’re part of Operation Matador near the Syrian border with Iraq.

I meant to mention yesterday that the 25th Regiment is made up of Reservists.

Among the four Marines killed and 10 wounded when an explosive device erupted under their Amtrac on Wednesday were the last battle-ready members of a squad that four days earlier had battled foreign fighters holed up in a house in the town of Ubaydi. In that fight, two squad members were killed and five were wounded.

In 96 hours of fighting and ambushes in far western Iraq, the squad had ceased to be.

Every member of the squad — one of three that make up the 1st Platoon of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment — had been killed or wounded, Marines here said. All told, the 1st Platoon — which Hurley commands — had sustained 60 percent casualties, demolishing it as a fighting force.

“They used to call it Lucky Lima,” said Maj. Steve Lawson, commander of the company. “That turned around and bit us.”

Wednesday was the fourth day of fighting in far western Iraq, as the U.S. military continued an assault that has sent more than 1,000 Marines down the ungoverned north bank of the Euphrates River in search of foreign fighters crossing the border from Syria. Of seven Marines killed so far in the operation, six came come from Lima Company’s 1st Platoon.

Four were killed when their Amtrac was destroyed by an explosive device.


  1. our son in law was in that battle,operaton Matador, and it was worse than reported..he is still alive to tell about it!

  2. My son, Cpl Dustin Derga was in the 1st Platoon in Lima 3/25. He was the first from the squad to be killed on Mother’s Day in the fire fight in Ubaydi. Several others were killed and wounded then and the rest of the squad was hit 3 days later in the Amtrac explosion. These men deserve our utmost respect for their supreme sacrifice and commitment to something greater than self. Semper Fi

  3. Hi, great article@ I am a future Lima member myself but i don’t leave for basic until June 11 next year but i just wanna get over there and get those bastards that are doing this to our guys!! Semper Fi, Tyler De Voe

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  5. My husand is in the 1st platoon , he was injured during that operation but is still over there now. they are all brave and i miss them all and cant wait for their return home to their families. I love you Eric, and i am so proud of you and all them men of the 3/25. Be safe and come home soon.

  6. My husband, Bob (Army Nat’l Guard – 9 yrs) and I just got back from a Hero’s Welcome to Lima Company, here in Columbus, Ohio USA. Rt 317 from Port Columbus Internatial Airport to Rickenbacker (named after Eddie Rickenbacker – WWII Ace) is about 20 miles and was lined by the citizens of Central Ohio with flags, signs, high school marching bands, their families, friends, veterns, city, county and suburb officials, sherrifs, police, fire departments, Harley motorcades and Mayor Coleman, whose son, JD is in Lima Company and just got back home, today. Cindy Sheehan’s not talking for her son or anyone else in the military who follow the orders from the Commander in Chief. I’m so proud of our community. We ARE a ‘Bread basket of Patriotism’ here in Columbus, Ohio!

  7. I’m a member of H&S company. I didn’t get to go with the unit to Iraq, due to finishing training, but I did feel the pain of losing my brothers. I shall not let my fallen brothers done. I will pick up where they left off, and hopefully they will be satisfied with my work.

  8. i dated jeff schuller 3 years ago! he called me when he got back from iraq. i just hope this gets to him, i love you still jeff you were my one and my only! i pray for you everyday as well as the others of lima 3/25! semper fi…ooohhh rah! you are a true marine and a hero in my eyes! i just hope i see your reflection in them once again!

  9. I watched the program last night about Lima Co. Although there were tremendous losses, I feel it is not in vain. These young Marines are True American heros. Fighting and dying so that others may know freedom. As an Army veteran who has lost friends in the first Gulf War, I appreciate what these men are and have done. God Bless all of you.

  10. I just watched the special on A&E. I am so glad I did watch. This really puts life in perspective for people who are not in the service. One young man said that they would not have been treated so well when they came home had they not lost so many men. I do not believe this is true. They deserve all the attention they get. They should be commended for their sacrifice and loyalty to our country. This country-our beloved USA-does a horrible wrong by these men, women, and their families. I don’t believe there could be enough compensation for these wonderful people. Thank you for your sacrifice so we can live in freedom. Semper Fi-DO or DIE-HOO-RAH!!!

  11. The guys and ladies fighting in iraq are truely brave, but only a fool would go fight for this fool we call a commander and chief.

  12. Ricky Mac said on June 2: ‘The guys and ladies fighting in iraq are truely brave, but only a fool would go fight for this fool we call a commander and chief.’ So basically you are calling these ‘brave’ men fools? you disrespect their sacrifices and the memory of the fallen. The real fool is the one who thinks he is supporting the troops by calling them brave, but in the same breath calls them all fools. You need to take some logic courses so you don’t come across as such an illogical fool ricky mac. calling people fools is not supporting them… even if you try to couch it in an insincere compliment. I am a son of a korean immigrant. and if it were not for the brave sacrifices of men, such as those in lima company, half a century ago, I would be sitting in a shanty in north korea paying lip service to kim jong il. half a century from now, I’m sure the son of an iraqi immigrant will be saying th same thing (albeit substituting iraq for north korea and sadaam for kim jong il)… America has done more the cause of freedom than any other nation on the planet… and has bled more for the freedom of those they do not even know than any society in history… I am evidence of that…

  13. I would like to thank Paul from SF for replying to Ricky Mac’s comment, because I was about to lose it on him if it weren’t for you setting him straight. I lost my cousin Michael who was part of the Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Regiment on August 3rd and it hurts not having him here, but I know he along with his unit made an impact over there and for that I am proud. I just wish he could have made it back to live his life. Whether the war is justified or not, these men and women are risking their lives every day that they are over there for our freedom. Anyone who can’t understand that or appreciate it, doesn’t deserve it…

  14. my cousin was in the marines lima company 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine an im soo happy to say he is here to tell us about all the thing he went through while he was in iraq.i will never forget the day when he came home. it was cold an muggy an rain but i was out there crying tears of join.right when i saw that first bus my eyes light upi knew they where home na they were safe. i willl never forget the feeling

  15. I am happy that many families have their sons back, please remember those of us who do not. My son will never get to hold his Dads hand because the call to protect his family and millions of strangers meant more.