Written by Shannon P. Meehan, IVMF Media Relations & Communications Specialist
“WAR” by: Shannon P. Meehan
Taken: Jan. 2007
Photo taken by then-Lieutenant Meehan of 1-12 CAV, in the Third Brigade of the storied First Cavalry Division. An unexploded mortar round that had targeted his platoon during an afternoon mossion lay in the roadway near the city of Baqubah, in the Diyala Province of Iraq. The mortar round was destroyed by the platoon following the picture. The Brigade would suffer over 110 deaths during the 15-month deployment to the Diyala province of Iraq. Many of the deaths were caused by such mortar rounds burried in rodsides and used as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).