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.
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
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.
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
, 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.