A ‘Happy 4th of July’ message, starring EOD in Iraq


With the 4th of July right around the corner, I set out this morning to find something appropriate to celebrate our nation’s birthday in the spirit of Battle Rattle.

And, well, here’s what I came up with. A slight warning is necessary that it includes some mildly rough language toward the end that may make your grandmother blush:


The video shows Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians and Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, out of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., deployed in Hit, Iraq, in 2008. The guitar riffs are courtesy of Boston.

I have to say: There’s something to be said for fireworks coming in the form of controlled detonations. Smells like a successfully located weapons cache, to me.

Happy 4th of July, everyone. We’ll be back on the blog after the holiday.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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