MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 28, 2006) -- The planned, insurgent attack against a small police station in Saqlawiyah, Iraq, on the afternoon of Oct. 26, 2005, began with a barrage of machine gun fire followed by rocket propelled grenades slamming against the compound. By the time a Marine Quick Reaction Force from a nearby forward operating base arrived, an estimated 6 insurgents were dead and several more were wounded.
Still standing, were a small band of Marines, Iraqi soldiers and an interpreter who succeeded in holding off the insurgent onslaught. It was a scene which could have ended very badly, instead ending without any loss to coalition troops.
“I stepped outside to check on a Marine in a guard post,” said Sgt. Ronald E. Myers, 41, an instructor training Iraqi police and the senior Marine at the station at a police station that day, recounting the moments before the attack. “Then all hell broke lose.”