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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
As luck would have it, 1LT Prakash was monitoring the net and happened to be in the right position at the right time. He was still over 1500 meters away, but since he was clearing the edge of the city with the rest of the troop, all that he had to do was drive a couple hundred meters and he had a clear shot all of the way down to the houses that were firing at us. In what had to be one of the most awesome and beautiful sights I have ever seen, I watched the red streak of a HEAT round – one that I didn’t even ask for – fly from across the horizon and explode in a giant ball of fire in one of the houses that was shooting at us.

“Outlaw 1, was that the house that was shooting at you?”

“That was fucking awesome! Can you do that to the rest of them?”

“Roger, where are they, south or west of that house?”

“Just keep working your way west of the house you just shot at”

“Roger, they’re all lined up like ducks in a row. Round on the way.”

After that, I watched as LT Prakash lobbed HEAT round after HEAT round, systematically destroying every house that had been shooting at us. Within a minute, he had silenced every single enemy gun. We still dropped 15 or 20 artillery rounds on the area after he finished, just to be sure that any bad guys who were still thinking about living didn’t make it out of there, but it was more of an afterthought than anything.

And that is how Red 6 saved the day.
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