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04/07/03

Traveling Roads Can Be Dangerous

By Nathan Mihelich
Embedded Reporter
NMCB 133

You never know what to expect in Iraq and Kuwait and you always have to be cautious. Just after arrival; I was traveling with a marine and a Seabee to Kuwait City to get a press pass. One the way we noticed a car on the road that gave us a real funny look

"The highways are just like regular highways," Seabee Arc Goyea said.

"Most of these streets they don't have any names. You just have to know your way. Some have street names, some don't you just have to find your way around," Goyea said.

The road's in Kuwait are pretty typical, paved with many street lights. It's the people on the road that you have to be afraid of, because you never know what can happen.

"There's definitely foes out there. The city we just passed, Jarah, we're not allowed to go in there," Goyea said.

Driving on the highway we saw a car on the road, look at us, pull over, get something out of their trunk. After passing the car on the side of the road, we were a little nervous. We got even more nervous when, later, we saw the car speeding back towards us. I thought we we're going to get ambushed. I hit the floor.

"The adrenaline was definitely flowing. Definitely some tension in the air," Marine Cprl. Joseph Chiarizio said.

"When I saw them pull over to the side of the road, and open their trunk, I mean you've seen it. you know, you just don't know what anybody's going to do out here. There's people all over the world that would love to get a hold of a American, kill them," Chiariaio said.

"How nervous were you guys?" I asked these guys.

"The thing of it was, it's hard to communicate back and forth between the two things. I was ready to start firing. I was planning when they were coming up fast on our right. We went off to the left, hitting the breaks and letting them get in front of me and just start loading them up," Chiariaio said.

Turns out, the occupants in the car wanted to let us know we were under a missile attack and to put our gas masks on. We finally made it into Kuwait City to the media headquarters, journalists from all over the world were getting their credentials, when suddenly we heard the air raid sirens.

Everyone ran to the downstairs shelters. We didn't know what to do. Some of us put our gas masks on, some of us just sat there. I ended up waiting in the basement, until we got the all clear.

Fortunately, that day, the missiles didn't come our way.

Traveling any road in Kuwait or Iraq is dangerous. Many Seabees tell me that they are their most vulnerable on the convoys.

By Nathan Mihelich
nmihelich@wlox.com

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