BALAD, Iraq ó Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, hit two convoys in the
Samarra area Monday, damaging a 1st Infantry Division tank and injuring two 4th
Infantry Division soldiers.
In the first explosion Monday morning, a remotely detonated bomb struck an
M1A1 Abrams tank from Company B of the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, in the city
The M1A1, attached to Task Force 1-26, was traveling at the end of a
five-vehicle convoy. Capt. Henry Delacruz, Company B commander, said none of
the four-man crew was injured, but the blast knocked a track and two road
wheels off the big tank.
He said the attack would have been much worse had it struck one of the other
"It was a blast powerful enough to kill anyone in an armored Humvee," he
The second explosion occurred shortly before 4 p.m. along Highway 1, about
two miles from Samarra. A small bomb planted in the median exploded next to a
northbound 10-vehicle truck convoy from the 4th IDís 244th Engineer Battalion.
The attack came moments before a convoy of four Humvees from the Task Force
1-77 approached from the opposite direction. That convoy carried the
battalionís commander, Lt. Col. David Hubner, and Command Sgt. Maj. John
Fortune, who were returning from a memorial service in Tikrit for two 1st ID
soldiers killed last week by a roadside bomb.
Hubner halted the convoy, and its soldiers helped secure the road while a
combat lifesaver from the 244th Engineer treated two injured soldiers. The two
soldiers suffered cuts to the face, Fortune said, and after about 45 minutes
the truck convoy took them to an aid station at a nearby Army camp.
Steve Liewer is an embedded journalist with Task Force
1-77 in Balad, Iraq.
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