Update: This event is open to all Marines, not just ones who fought in the Battle of Fallujah.
A decade after the Battle of Fallujah, California-based Marines are holding a reunion and ceremony to honor those who were a part of one of the most significant fights in Iraq and some of the heaviest urban warfare in the Corps’ history.
Members of 1st Marine Division is will host the Nov. 7 event for veterans ranging from privates to general officers at Camp Pendleton, California. Now-retired Lt. Gen. Richard Natonski, the commander of 1st MARDIV during the battle, is attending.
By 2004, Fallujah had become a hotbed and stronghold of Iraqis loyal to Saddam Hussein and religious fundamentalists. It would become the bloodiest battle of the war, and was the first time that coalition forces would fight against non-government insurgents. Dozens of Marines were killed over the course of two separate campaigns in the city.
The reunion at Pendleton will include a luncheon, and Marine Corps officials are trying to get as many veterans of the battle to attend as possible. It will be held at 1st Marine Division Headquarters, Building 1133, across from the 11 Area Parade Field at Camp Pendleton, California. It starts at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7.
To attend, RSVP by Oct. 28 to to Margaret Williams at either 760-763-2808 or Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org.