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How it happened: Battle of Nasiriyah

Published: March 25, 2013

He fired his Stinger missile at an enemy position, then began helping to load nine wounded Marines into a Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle, all while under enemy fire. Blair also got into the armored vehicle to provide security as it tried to evacuate the wounded.

The vehicle was hit at least four times by enemy rocket-propelled grenades before it also came under friendly fire. A forward air controller in another Marine company mistakenly believed the vehicle had been taken by the enemy and called in a strike by an A-10 Warthog that fired a Maverick missile, obliterating the vehicle.

A yearlong investigation could not determine whether those inside the vehicle were killed by enemy fire or the Maverick missile.


U.S. military records