There are stories about war; there are stories about valor and there are stories about the sacrifices made by the “everyman” who goes off to defend freedom. The truth is that after is all said and done, the experiences of war never end. After coming home, the war is never far from the day to day life.
Living with that fact is tough. Sometimes you need a best friend to help you make it through the day!
He enlisted in 1988 as an operations specialist working the radar on board a ship. He then joined the reserves and was out of the service for six years, then joined the Navy again as an equipment operator in the construction battalion for five years until finally joining the Wyoming National Guard in 2005.In January 2006, his company got a warning order for active deployment training. That happens from time to time, James said, just to put the fear of war in the men and women, to keep them on their toes.“Yeah right,” he thought at the idea of being deployed.Six months later, he was on a plane to Iraq.He had trained to be a fueler for the mission, but three days before they left he was given a new duty: gun truck driver. That’s what he did for a living as a civilian, driving trucks and teaching other drivers before they got their commercial driver’s licenses.
Robert James has lived his nightmares.
James drove a gun truck, the second in a convoy of Humvees, the first of which had its sole job to find improvised explosive devices or get blown up by them. On his first mission in Iraq in 2006, the lead truck took a hit.
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