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This profile was last updated on 4/16/03  and contains information from public web pages.

Shawn Michael Basco

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Forward Air Controller

Bravo Company
 
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Employment History

  • F-18 Pilot
    Bravo Company
  • Forward Air Controller
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CBS News | A Happy Belated Birthday | April 16, 2003 11:49:33
www.cbsnews.com, 16 April 2003 [cached]
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Kythe Blog
www.pozar.com [cached]
"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.
War Reflection: Origianlly 4-21-2003 - SuperBastard.Com V.04.2.6
www.superbastard.com, 21 April 2003 [cached]
There is Capt. Shawn Basco, a forward air controller, who handed out candy from Meals Ready to Eat packs to village children and food to their parents with the same personal sense of mission that earlier had saved scores
AP Wire | 04/10/2003 | Marine Killed in Fierce Baghdad Battle
www.aberdeennews.com, 10 April 2003 [cached]
"It's absolute chaos around here, but it actually is going pretty well," said Marine Capt. Shawn Basco, a forward air controller."We're getting our people out of here and we're getting them to safety immediately, within about three minutes of the time they get injured."
U.S. troops manned checkpoints around the city, and the Marines discovered an enormous cache of weapons that included 250 to 300 82mm mortar systems, enough for more than 30 battalions.
They also found as many as 300 rocket-propelled grenade systems, hundreds of machine guns, million of rounds of ammunition, and two working T-72 tanks, as well as several others that were being repaired.
United Press International: 5th Marines near circle of Baghdad
www.upi.com, 7 April 2003 [cached]
"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.
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