Letters To Dougie

Dougie Hardesty's family business was enrolling in the military. His father did it, his father before that did it, and so did his father. So it wasn't a surprise when he did. But what Dougie didn't know, was that his trainer, Kelly Rose, was one of the best. She was one of the only trainers who went one on one with each of her men. She was tougher than half the men that came through the MEU Ground Combat Element. She never let any man phase her. She never let any one man get into her head. Untilthe tragedy..until Dougie..

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6. Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

~Dougie~

It was almost time for the squad leader to call his into action. I laid in my bunk waiting for his command to get suited up and into the truck. If Kelly thought I was ready for this, then I must be.  She was the best wasn't she? 

"SQUAD 8 GET SUITED UP AND INTO THE TRUCK GO GO GO GO!!"

Everything in the room then turned into chaos. All the squad 8 members, there must have been at least 15, leaped out of their bunks and suited up for combat. I was one of the first ones ready, so I jogged out to the truck and pooped a squat next to Bill. Bill was a nice guy, at least I'm told, but he has been  in the service way too long. 

"It's a hell hole out there ya know." He said to me.

"Yeah. If it weren't we wouldn't be here."
"Damn straight."

"What should I be preparing for right now? What are we going up against."

Bill chuckled. "We bring hundreds, they got thousands. We bring knives, the got guns. We bring boys, they got men."

"So basically what you are telling me, is that  we are all going to die." The truck started moving.
"Time DOES fly when you are having fun now, kid."

What the Hell?

Before I could ask anything about the hell he just said I heard the leader yelling over the rumbling of the truck.

'"WE HAVE ONE GOAL TODAY, BOYS AND THAT IS TO SAVE AS MANY CIVILIANS AS WE CAN. THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN SHOULD BE OUR FIRST PRIORITY, BUT IF YOU DO FIND MEN THEN GET THEM THE HELL OUT OF THERE. THE MEN WILL MOST LIKELY BE FIGHTING ALONG SIDE US. DON'T WORRY, IT WON'T BE HARD TO TELL OUR ENEMIES FROM OUR FRIENDS......" He went on, and on and on.

Just as he finished speaking, we heard gunfire. i turned around, and through the dark of the night all I could see was fire. Guns were firing, people were screaming, and explosions were constantly booming, 

"GO GO GO GO!!"

We all piled out of the truck, some of us were running some were firing our guns. 

"FIND CIVILIANS! FIND THE CIVILIANS! Our leader shouted commands at us through the chaos.

I ran through the dirt streets searching frantically for any kind of civilian. Huge trucks blew past me. Just as I looked ahead of me, I saw a small boy crying for his mama. A giant truck was barreling towards him. I ran as fast as I could towards the boy, and saw squad leader running towards him too. He wasn't going to make it to the child on time. Just as I reached the boy, the truck was feet away and moving fast. I pushed the boy to my leader. The last thing I saw was my leader grabbing the boy up from the ground and yelling "ANDREWS NO!!" As the truck collided into my body. 

 

 

 

 

 

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