Worth Fighting For

By Andrew J. DeKever '95

May 2, 2003; an airfield south of Baghdad:

GAS! GAS! GAS! GET YOUR MASKS ON!!!”

The anonymous command came just seconds after a massive explosion rocked the building serving as our battalion headquarters. I immediately darted out the door and ran 50 or so feet toward the adjacent building that was serving as our makeshift barracks. Other soldiers were doing the same. Holding my breath, I looked to the left and saw the source of the explosion—a mushroom cloud that rose hundreds of feet into the air, not more than a mile from our location.…

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