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Bill Hobbs

Date Posted:November 19, 2008
Personal Website:Not Disclosed

I was a platoon commander with Charlie Company 7th Engineers. After the air war started I went to see Marines with 8th Engineers and saw that a camel had been "blow up" with some type of anti-tank rocket by the Marine Infantry unit guarding the road leading to the 8th Engineers. The chunks of the camel had been pushed to the side of the road with a road grader. On my first trip by the site I could smell the blood for maybe a quarter mile before we came to the site. One thing that I recall that was very strange was that there were no flies or other insects feeding on the chunks of camel meat on the side of the road, yet most of the time when we ate our MRE's, we shook the spoon or blew on our food to dislodge the flies before we shovelded it into our mouths. I passed by the blown up camel several times and never saw any flies or other insects feeding on the meat along side of the road.

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