Re-uniting those bonded in the cauldron of combat, honoring our fallen heroes and passing forward legacies..
On 23-25March, 2018 the Marines, Sailors and Families of the Fallen members of the Battle of An Nasiriyah, Iraq "Garden of Eden" will hold a historic multi-unit 15 Year battle reunion in Fort Worth, Texas. We will celebrate our victories on the battlefield, re-unite those bonded in the cauldron of combat, honor our fallen heroes and pass forward legacies.
Dion Brugger is leading our effort to organize the planning committee for this historic reunion. Please use the registration tool below to confirm your attendance and join us all for a weekend you will cherish. Once registered you will receive additional information and coordinating instructions to ensure you have everything you need to attend our reunion.
Additional details and coordinating instructions can be found below.
Five years ago, over 500 Marines, Sailors and Families of Fallen Heroes, reunited for the first & largest reunion event of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 10Yr Battle of An Nasiriyah Reunion. It serves as the catalyst for our own 15Yr reunion and a growing national movement to re-connect veterans/families and strengthen social connections.
Re-connecting face to face triggers personal discussions between warriors, families and mentors that support our mental health and wellbeing. At reunions we maintain and grow our social networks, honor our fallen and pass legacies forward.
The Battle of An Nasiriyah is one of the first, most important and also misunderstood engagements of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battle was fought in March-April 2003 in and around An Nasiriyah, a large city in southern Iraq which lies along the banks of the Euphrates River, very near the ancient city of Ur, known as the cradle of civilization and the site of the Garden of Eden. 23 Marines were killed in action (KIA) and 50 wounded. 9 Soldiers from the United States Army 507th Maintenance Company were KIA, 10 wounded and 6 captured then later rescued. During this action, the Marines secured two bridges spanning the Euphrates River and spearheaded the advance north to Baghdad.
3. Prior to, during and after our reunion, start a profile and upload your own interview to our BATTLE OF AN NASIRIYAH ORAL HISTORIES & ARCHIVES
The Battle of An Nasiriyah community on Story Corps represents our own growing archive: new interviews are added each day by combat veterans and families of our fallen to help us preserve our history and pass legacies forward.
This app was developed by Story Corps as a resource for the public and people who have recorded with StoryCorps, as well as students, educators, researchers, non-commercial media makers, community partner organizations and others involved in scholarly or cultural work. The Story Corps Archive compromises one of the largest collections of human voices, featuring more than 400,000 individuals sharing their stories. In our beta launch, only interviews recorded using the StoryCorps App are searchable on this site.
All interviews are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
500 Northeast 23rd Street
Forth Worth, Texas 76164
Last day to reserve hotel block rooms was Mar 3rd, 2018
1) Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards | 132 E. Exchange Ave, Ft. Worth TX 76164
2) Marriot Worthington Renaissance Hotel | 200 Main Street | Ft. Worth TX 76102
LOCATION: 2.8 miles from River Ranch Stockyards
Garage 1 - Located on Commerce St & E 2nd. (Free after 5pm on Friday and all weekend. Heavy Security + Police surveillance with cameras in elevators)
3) Courtyard Marriot Ft. Worth Historic Stockyards |
LOCATION: Less than 1 mile from River Ranch Stockyards
Please contact Dion Brugger if there are any questions or issues.
You MUST have a PAID RV spot to park your vehicle in the RV area. NO ACCEPTIONS.