March 23, 2003
A day to celebrate and remember
Why were doing WOD Nasiriyah?
March 23, 2003 stands as the day American forces clashed with Iraqi forces at the Battle of An Nasiriyah. It still stands as the greatest loss of life in a single day of the Iraq War (at the time it was still part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and later named Operation Iraqi Freedom). The significance of the battle from a command perspective is that securing the bridges over the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (yes, this is widely considered the location of the garden of Eden) would ensure an unimpeded supply route to further combat operations. The firefight started just about dawn, ceased a little in the evening, and continued over the next few days.
At the battles end, 11 U.S soldiers were killed, our unit lost 18 Marines, and about another 59 critically wounded. It is estimated that we eliminated around 3,000 enemy people.
If you want to read more about it you should visit https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/battle-nasiriyah
This also gives some prespective. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4MpgUeTMFY
Buy in with 59 Wall Balls
3 rounds of:
12 Squat Cleans 135# / 95#
23 Box Jumps 24″ / 20″
1 Clean 165# / 115#
and Buddy carry 100m
59 stands for the Wounded In Action
3 represents for March
12 stands for 1/2 (1st Bn 2nd Marines)
18 stands for the Killed in Action
23 represents the day in March
The clean at 165 lbs symbolizes when Jake attempted to hoist a badly wounded Cpl Carl into a fireman carry after recovering him from under fire. ”I was too weak to lift him. It’s been my motivation since I started Crossfit.” -Sgt. Jake Worthington
Some of Coach Sam’s Thoughts:
While there are so many thoughts that go through my head, the one that stands out the most in spite of being there that day, is to think about what is the best way to honor the 18 Marines we lost that day. These were husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and uncles. These men were United Marines who gladly paid the ultimate sacrifice.
As I have grown and believe the idea that once a Marine always a Marine, my thought along with honor is the Marine Corps motto which is “Semper Fi” which is Latin and means “Always Faithful.” These 18 Marines were always faithful and no matter how constantly varied our days were they showed up with honor, courage and commitment.
Again while there are so many thoughts and memories that come to mind, understand that a workout alone in memory of these 18 Marines is literally the least we can do. Understand while I had the privilege and honor of being there that day, let’s not loose sight of what matters most. What matters most is that we have an opportunity to not understand fully the magnitude of this day, but to always be faithful to our beliefs, ourselves, our families, and to live our lives with honor, courage, and commitment.