(AP) — For an entire night, Marine Sgt. Colin Archipley crouched low atop a roof as U.S. artillery slammed insurgent hideouts in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
At dawn, when orders came to destroy a suspected enemy weapons cache, Archipley discovered his unit was on top of the same building, and insurgents were holed up floors below. American forces blasted the structure, scattering the fighters.
The savage combat inflicted heavy casualties on Lima Company, and dozens of American soldiers were killed before the house-by-house battles ended in late 2004.