Yesterday my platoon lost another brother. We were conducting a platoon sized raid on a known insurgent meeting place. We came in fast and wrapped up 60 detainees. We had been there for a little over an hour, tearing the place apart looking for weapons caches and doing initial interrogations on key suspects.
I was with a fire team on the roof of a house about 150 meters away, trying to establish radio communication with COC when I heard a single snap ring out. I looked down and saw Lance Corporal Nathan Windsor go down. Immediately our platoon was under fire from about 4 automatic weapons positions. I got the RO to call in a 9 line medevac request and then myself and my machine gunner started firing on a vehicle that was being used as a mobile platform. After the radio call was sent up, I took my team off the roof and made the dash across the field under the cover of of our turret gunners.
By the time I got to Windsor he had been stabilized by our docs. He had been shot in the neck.
Our turret gunners were firing pure hatred out of their barrels. We expended over 5,000 rounds of ammunition, launched over 30 high explosive grenades and were still under attack. The people that came after us were not Iraqi. This was a complex ambush that only foreign trained fighters could have pulled off.
When I carried Windsor onto the bird he was still alive. Unconscious, but alive. Sometime after that God decided to take him from us.
He was 19. He was Blake Howey's best friend. We called them 'the twins'. They have been reunited.
We managed to get some of his murderers. Between 4-6 of them went down. But probably 10 got away.
Our platoon has been hit hard. This is the second brother we have lost in 3 weeks. Three others have been sent home for their wounds. Please keep praying for us. Windsor and Howey were good friends to a lot of the younger guys here. I knew Windsor since the School of Infantry, I was his Guide there. He was my first roommate when I got to the fleet. I am handling it okay, but others are struggling.
We few. We precious few. We band of brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me shall forever be my brother.
Lance Corporal Nathan Windsor
Selflessly gave his life on 11 March 2007
May he rest in peace