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Forward Air Controller
"This is a crazy war," Capt. Shawn Basco said.
"They come to us in civilian clothes, see what we've got, get some food, go back to their own vehicles and then decide not to fight." Basco, from Cleveland, Ohio, is an F-18 pilot acting as the forward air controller for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.
CBS News | A Happy Belated Birthday | April 16, 2003 11:49:33
Capt. Shawn Basco said to his wife. (CBS) For Shawn Basco, a U.S. Marine captain in Iraq, his 33rd birthday was one he'll never forget.That's because he was wounded that day when his unit came under fire in a presidential palace in Baghdad. While he is recovering at a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, his wife, Sonia is holding down the fort at home in San Diego, Calif. So The Early Show made the most of television and gave them a chance to connect. "I'm up walking around and things are doing good.Doing a lot better now that I'm looking at you.This is pretty cool," Basco told his wife. The couple had not seen each other since Feb. 4; they were so excited to talk to each other that they talked at the same time.Each was happy to see that the other looked well and both expressed the hope that they could be together soon. "I should be heading out of here pretty soon, getting back to my wife," Basco said. Six days ago, Basco, an F-18 pilot attached to Bravo Company as a forward air controller, was in Baghdad at the al-Azimiyah palace compound after fierce fighting earlier in the day against Iraqi soldiers and other gunmen.The fighting began before dawn as the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, rolled down highways and streets in east Baghdad toward the 17-acre compound. Basco rolled into the presidential palace, providing air support for the infantry. "But once the fighting got on and we started to collect casualties," he explained, "unfortunately, my role shifted a little bit to bringing in medevac helicopters and trying to get those guys out of there, to get them back to a safe area before things ran out for them.Basco said his injury is nothing compared to injuries other Marines got. "During the course of the battle, we were trying to get medevacs in to the landing zone," he said.Basco, who is from Cleveland, braved enemy fire throughout the day and coordinated miracle evacuation flights while carrying the wounded to a grassy area near the compound's river-side swimming pool.Capt. Shawn Basco, a U.S. Marine in Iraq, was wounded when his unit came under fire in a presidential palace, Julie Chen talks with him about his ordeal.
United Press International: 5th Marines near circle of Baghdad
"This is a crazy war," Capt. Shawn Basco said."They come to us in civilian clothes, see what we've got, get some food, go back to their own vehicles and then decide not to fight."Basco, from Cleveland, Ohio, is an F-18 pilot acting as the forward air controller for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.Iraqis in civilian clothing often walk by U.S. positions, but are not challenged unless they appear to show hostile intent.Apparently some are Iraqi troops, who check out things out and decide whether or not to return to their units.Copyright © 2001-2003 United Press InternationalView printer-friendly version
United Press International: 5th Marines reach outskirts of Baghdad
"It topped it off just like a zit," Capt. Shawn Basco said, viewing an Iraqi armored personnel carrier destroyed by a Hellfire missile."We're giving them a real beating.I'll bet they aren't going to sleeping well tonight."Basco, from Cleveland, Ohio, is an F-18 pilot acting as the forward air controller for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.As of Saturday morning the Marines were on the southeast outskirts of Baghdad, within 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of the city's center.No immediate move was apparent to advance farther into the city.The positioning of the Marines, the exact details of which could not be disclosed for operational security reasons, coincided with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division capturing Baghdad International Airport on the southwest side of the city.The Marines and Army have been running a two-pronged advance on the Iraqi capital.
Ruse draws Iraqi forces into air, artillery fire -- The Washington Times
"We really lit them up," added Capt. Shawn Basco, an F-18 pilot acting as a forward air controller for the company.Earlier in the day, the Marines had vacated an area near a highway where militia had ambushed a Marine column.In a regiment-sized movement, the Marines took to the road and swung toward the airport to the northwest as if to attack it in force.As hoped, the Iraqi tanks and infantry, which had been turned back Tuesday when they approached the column farther south, then moved in to exploit what they thought was a situation that would bring them in behind the Marines on the move.