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10,000 miles from home, the 4th of July is celebrated as enthusiastically as ever

The paratroopers of C Co 2-505 PIR (82nd Airborne) celebrate the 4th of July at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq -- halfway around the world from their home country.

This video was taken by a regular digital camera, so the sound of the guitar bleeds in and out as the "fireworks" go off. Specialist Alexi Scalco, RTO for C Co commander CPT Buddy Ferris, is on the guitar, and his fellow paratroopers are providing the sound and light show (with a little help from a Special Forces team in the area).


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At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved it!! We forget that the "rockets red glare" came from the battle field! God bless our troops and their love of freedom...

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Aubrielynn said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing. As a woman who knows nothing about guns and war, it was actually quite scary. My heart was pounding the whole time. I can't imagine having explosives like such coming at me. Soldiers are a special breed of men, I suppose.


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