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Written by Alan Nafzger
SUPERIMPOSE: Mozul, Iraq (2004)
INT. COMPOUND – OUTSIDE MOZUL IRAQ – 2004 – NIGHT
Insurgents prepare for a night battle with the American Army. They are intermittently praying and arming themselves.
There is one especially solemn character, RAHEEM BAHRI.
INT. AGGIE FOB – MOZUL IRAQ – NIGHT
About three miles south of Mosul…
The 24th Army Infantry prepare for a night battle with the Muslim insurgents. We see a private alone and clearly new to the unit. There is an especially timid and nervous soldier, HUNTER McCALL.
My life with the 24th Infantry was amazing. They were really free spirits in the hell-hole of Mozul Iraq.
With all the shit falling around us in 2004, I would in time learn a few things about human existence.
The soldiers turn on some loud music and begin dancing and also arming themselves to the hilt. Many soldiers have a M4 rifle, tons of ammo, grenades and some have two or three pistols. They are over prepared for battle, if that is possible.
There is one especially solemn Lt. Colonel, George Prescott Miles. He isn’t overly concerned with equipment. He has the bare minimum and simply waits.
We hardly notice but the Colonel has two 19th century Kodachi swords in the scabbards strapped across his back. Ninja style. A CORPORAL nods to the Colonel that he is ready.
(to the soldiers)
If our intelligence is correct. Then there’s one hell of a big group of rag-heads out there. And they sure as hell ain’t gonna welcome us with a smile. The element of surprise is crucial. We hit them the American way — hard and fast!
A confident smile crosses their faces.
McCall keeps glancing over at the colonel. Finally, it becomes a hypnotic stare. A corporal notices and feels McCall should be packing.
Hey new guy. McCall, dude. What is the matter? You’ve done this before, right?
Yeah. Of course. With my other unit.
Well you are with us now the “Deuce Four” and we don’t fuck up. We fuck other people up. You are with THE fuckers now! Understand?
But, McCall can’t keep his eyes off the COLONEL.
So what is the problem?
McCall stares again at the COLONEL.
What’s the matter? You never saw a fighting Colonel before?
Bull Shit! You haven’t; he is the only one in the entire Army.
No one else goes out with their men?
No one. That’s what they say. And I’ve asked everyone since I got here.
Weird, man. Weird.
He is a brave mother fucker.
What do you mean invincible?
Luckiest son of a bitch you ever saw. Crazy shit, man.
EXT. OUTSIDE MOZUL IRAQ – NIGHT
The insurgents load up into an old beat to hell SUV and two pickup trucks. There are two motorcycles in use as well. They leave the compound and make their way toward Mozul ready to do some damage.
EXT. AGGIE FOB – MOZUL IRAQ – NIGHT – Deuce Four
The Deuce Four load up in vehicles and head out.
EXT. Yarmuk traffic circle, western Mosul – NIGHT
The two forces meet at the traffic circle. They fire at each other but then close the distance. McCall is firing his weapon out the passenger side window. It is mass confusion. Some insurgent vehicles are traveling the correct (counter-clock) direction and the US Army vehicles are not.
Each force is circling the traffic circle. They fire at each other constantly and especially as they pass nearly head on. A great deal of damage to the vehicles is being done, but it there are no casualties. Yet.
The Colonel stands up in his vehicle and then climbs on the roof. Suddenly without any hesitation or warning, he jumps out of the vehicle. He is fling through the air in slow motion. We resume regular motion as he crashes though the windshield of the oncoming SUV.
INT. SUV – NIGHT
Inside the SUV are four/five insurgents. The colonel flies through the windshield and between the two front seats. He lands upside down between the two terrorists in the back seat. They pull their rifles in from the windows but they are too long to quickly point at the Colonel. He punches one and then the other.
INT. ARMY HUMMER – NIGHT
The Corporal is driving erratically. Trying to dodge oncoming vehicles and the bullets.
McCall is in awe at what he has seen. He has stopped firing and it trying to see what is happening with the Colonel.
See I told you. Crazy shit. Every single time.
There is automatic weapon fire from inside the SUV.
Yeah. I see.
He’s gonna be dead.
That is what I keep telling myself. But it never happens.
INT. SUV – NIGHT
The insurgent in the front passenger seat turns with a pistol and fires three times at the Colonel. He twists left and right and the bullets don’t hit him square. So the insurgent keeps firing.
The Colonel pulls one insurgent between him and the firing pistol. The Colonel manages to takes his pistol out and fire two into the chest of the insurgent between the two seats and then the other get two slugs.
The Colonel pulls the dead insurgent aside and aims at the passenger but the driver hits every curb and ditch in the circle. The pistol lurches out of aim with every bump and jar.
Suddenly from the cargo area there is automatic fire. An insurgent in the back is firing at the Colonel and missing at point blank range. The Colonel has a bullet enter his back and exit shattering his collar bone. The SUV hits some potholes and with the kick of the weapon it is unmanageable. The insurgent sprays the back seat and floor of the SUV with bullets.
One bullet enters the left knee of the Colonel and exits his the front of his calf. A second then one hits the seat between his legs and then to the right of his thigh.
The Colonel, who is dodging bullets, fires his pistol into the dashboard, floor, door and what remains of the windshield of the SUV. He misses the passenger insurgent.
The Colonel does however shot the insurgent in the back who shot him in the knee. The bullet enters under the insurgent’s jaw and exits the top of his head.
The colonel is out of bullets. He throws the weapon at the passenger side insurgent, who then shoots the Colonel square in the chest.
But the Colonel pulls his knife and dives into the front. He wrestles with the occupant of the passenger seat. The pistol discharges again we don’t know if the Colonel is hit again. The Colonel plunges his knife seven times into the insurgent’s chest in rapid succession. The insurgent fires the pistol into the floorboard. The insurgent stops firing, dies and drops the pistol. The Colonel drops the knife onto the floorboard.
There is a slight pause. The driver might be the only survivor. No?
The Colonel’s energy returns and he leaps on the driver. We now learn the Colonel’s true nature. He has huge fangs and he bites the driver in the neck. Compared with what just happened, there is a very slight struggle; the SUV is bounced around and swerves erratically. Finally, the life is drained from the driver. His foot leaves the accelerator. The SUV coasts to a stop.
Deuce Four – Modern legacy
The 24th Infantry was re-instituted in 1995 and assigned to the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Washington. The regiment served in the Iraq War from 2004 to 2005, and was decorated for its service. In 2006, during a re-organization of the Army, the regiment was re-flagged; however, the 1st Battalion was not included, and so it alone retains the regimental designation and carries on its legacy. It is now part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
The 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division “Lightning” (a Stryker brigade), and served in Iraq from October 2004 to October 2005. The battalion came home with 5 Silver Stars, 31 Bronze Stars, and 181 Purple Hearts and played a crucial role in the Battle of Mosul (2004). During that battle, the battalion saw some of the heaviest, sustained fighting of the insurgency to date. The unit was also awarded with the Valorous Unit Award as being part of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT).
The unit reflagged as the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and moved to Vilseck, Germany. The 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment replaced the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of the now decommissioned 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team as of 14 December 2006.
In 2008–2009, 1-24 Infantry deployed to Diyala Governorate, Iraq to FOB Warhorse and later to FOB Grizzly. In contrast to their previous deployment involving the Battle of Mosul, 1-24 sustained very few casualties, none of which came from sustained engagement with enemy forces. For their reconstruction and humanitarian efforts during this tour, the unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation along with sister units in the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division “Lightning”.
Operation Enduring Freedom
The 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment deployed again under 1/25 SBCT to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011–2012. The battalion assumed responsibility for the Zabul Province, with assistance from Romanian units along Highway 1. The battalion HQ was primarily stationed at FOB Lagman in Zabul Province with companies co-located and dispersed north and south. 1-24 Infantry found themselves in a direct combat role again, losing several soldiers to Taliban attacks throughout their yearlong deployment, including an “insider attack” in Qalat on 8 January 2012.
Operation Inherent Resolve
The 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment deployed once again to Iraq (and some elements later to Syria under U.S. Army Special Forces) under 1/25 SBCT in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2019-2020. The unit was attacked by ballistic missiles launched by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force during their Operation Martyr Soleimani in retaliation for the Assassination of Qasem Soleimani.
- On a blue field a block house of masonry with tower, walls in color of grey stone, roofs yellow.
- On a yellow scroll, the words “SAN JUAN” in blue.
- All encircled by a yellow band bearing the motto in blue “SEMPER PARATUS” (Always Prepared).
- Symbolism: The design commemorates the gallant service of the regiment in the Santiago campaign of 1898.
- The badge was approved on 1920-03-27.
- The badge is used as the crest on the organizational colors. The breast of the eagle on the colors is feathered.
Distinctive unit insignia
- A gold color metal and enamel device 1+1⁄4 inches (3.2 cm) in width overall consisting of a blue disc bearing a white blockhouse with tower masoned and roofed gold below a gold scroll inscribed “SAN JUAN” in blue letters.
- Attached below the disc a gold scroll turned blue and inscribed “SEMPER PARATUS” in blue letters.
- Blue is the color associated with Infantry.
- The house with tower depicts a blockhouse at San Juan Santiago de Cuba and commemorates the 1898 campaign service of the regiment.
- The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 24th Infantry on 1923-01-21.
- It was amended to correct the motto on 1923-03-21.
- Amended to add the authorization for wear of the DUI on 1923-05-07.
- Amended to add to the authorization for wear of the DUI on 1925-09-21.
- On 1925-10-23 it was amended to change the appearance of the DUI.
- The insignia was cancelled and a new insignia authorized on 1927-05-17.