Ten years ago I deployed with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine division to Kuwait. My unit was the "tip of the spear" all the way to Baghdad. We even made the first amphibious operation by the Marines since WWII (I think, someone said that once, I believed them.) I made 2 more trips back to the sandbox. Ask me anything!
Here's me! http://i.imgur.com/AWXIB9z.jpg
Here's a link to story about the guy in the front left that looks like he's trying to kill himself.
and a story about the guy in the front right with the awful haircut. He was my room mate and best friend.
For further info on my unit specifically, there was a documentary made in 2008 that is on netflix (Severe Clear By LT Scotti!) and a book www.amazon.com/Battle-City-Dead-Shadow-Golden/dp/0760340064 about the whole thing
I submitted proof to mods cause someone demanded it. No word back from them but I assume it was sufficient. EDIT: As someone pointed out I accidentally a word in my unit. I am not a phony, I submitted proof to mods.
EDIT: I found this great video of my unit getting ready to go on a very successful raid. At 1:45 is a great speech from a great motivator. I know it is paraphrased from another person, no need to inform me. It still sends shivers down my spine though. NSFW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozxBaZhEWpA
EDIT DOS Thank you all for the interest. Sorry to anyone who got trolled by oobermen. I shared some very personal stories with you all because I truly feel like people need to hear how real this war was for some of us. I imagine reddit as largely people of my age range, and it is up to us to demand real justification for putting our children's lives on the line. These are kids that fight these wars. Look at an 18 year old kid and think about that. I hope some of my answers helped enlighten you all! I'm off for now but I am a regular redditor so I will always be around.