Unscheduled pit stop in a Stryker

Where’s AAA roadside when you need it

Matt Misterek:

The right-rear wheel fell off the Stryker behind us as we traveled Wednesday with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. We dismounted about 3:30 p.m. in a quiet neighborhood east of the Tigris River and were rolling again in 10 minutes.

A mild pyrotechnic show of smoke and sparks trailed the Stryker as it limped back to base on seven good wheels and one broken hub. Soldiers predicted it would be back in service that evening.

Michelin 1200R20 XML. Gotta love it.


  1. lol… I thought the marines were going to be kicking ass? The explosion enveloped the armored vehicle in flames, sending orange balls of fire bubbling above the trees along the Euphrates River near the Syrian border. Marines in surrounding vehicles threw open their hatches and took off running across the plowed fields, toward the already blackening metal of the destroyed vehicle. Shouting, they pulled to safety those they could, as the flames ignited the bullets, mortar rounds, flares and grenades inside, rocketing them into the sky and across pastures. Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Hurley emerged from the smoke and turmoil around the vehicle, circling toward the spot where helicopters would later land to pick up casualties. As he passed one group of Marines, he uttered one sentence: ‘That was the same squad.’ 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.

  2. I guess you never joined the Marines, don’t worry, neither have I, but… you did not have the guts to leave a real e-mail adress, neither did you have the guts to leave a name to call you by… I think everyone here is willing to listen to you, do not worry, if you make a point with some kind of reasoning behind it, please justify your point with real statistics, not a beautifully written piece of text. Correct me if I am wrong, but by your justification a suicide bomber is the biggest pussy of all, with no time in combat whatsoever and instant death. Maybe the insurgent deaths are not interesting enough for you… precision weapons don’t really provide much gore, just instant death. So if time in combat is the scorecard, I know who is winning, who do you think? btw. Look at the statistics, and you will see who has more kills :) and who is losing, and a pussy ;P (pussy score reckoned by your own scoring method)

  3. Trying to decide whether the previous comment warrants deletion or not. It’s ‘truly hateful’, so maybe it does. The sender has an IP address from St. Louis area. He came in via a Google for ‘murdoc marines’ which took him to post 1803 but he went and posted his ‘comment’ on this post about the Stryker. Apparently saw something he wanted to share (stories about Marines dying) and came looking. Hung around for a while, probably looking for a response. I’m thinking the comment stays up. Our guys ‘lol’ at videos of insurgents getting taken out by missiles, so I don’t see any reason why the enemy can’t ‘lol’ at our misfortunes. But don’t question his patriotism…

  4. Forgot to mention that besides his courageous ‘lol… I thought the marines were going to be kicking ass?’ comment everything else is a quote from an article I already quoted (including some of what he pasted in) in an earlier post. Probably just a kid with nothing better to do.