Above photo was taken today in Talafar, Iraq at a Purple Heart and Award Ceremony for B/1-187 Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). SPC James Lawrence Ross, B/1-187 IN is pictured in the center flanked by Division Commander MG David H. Petraeus and Division Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill. SPC Ross’ heroic and decisive actions in Talafar, Iraq on 9 Dec 2003 at 0445 hours will be remembered and chronicled in the annals of Rakkasan History for years to come. His singular action in elimination of a Suicide Car Bomber enroute to the Battalion Command Post saved countless lives and preserved the fighting strength of his company, his Battalion, and the Rakkasan Brigade. Congratulations to SPC Ross’s and his superb chain of command.
Rakkasan! COL Mike Linnington
The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. We want to let the world know that “WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN” and are proud to serve our country.”