American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 16

JAY DOBYNS 16 Clothes from home were a hit with local Iraqis. Josh found a girl to give his sisters handprint shirt to. Sergio Ramirez. Bottom: Leslie Arrieta. Both San Diego employees to see the value of the relationships and trust we were developing. “On the day of my death, we were just wrapping up a meeting in a dangerous part of the city when we got diverted to another sector where soldiers had come under fire. I had to split our team in order to keep my commitment to the Iraqi police we were shadowing. Our senior scout of that platoon, Staff Sergeant Marlon Harper, made the decision that he and I would escort the police back and I’d send the armored vehicles and the Bradly’s to the other sector so we could do both simultaneously. We eventually met back up with our team, but as we were driving back out our unit was engaged by another RPG. My men noticed a vehicle driving slowly around as if the occupant was trying to videotape us, a common tactic of insurgents. My men stopped that vehicle and when Marlon and I the camera to confirm if he was trying to videotape the attack. Marlon was conducting an explosive test on his fingers. The intersection we were in was wide open but we did our best to cordon it off to protect our team. When I looked up I saw Marlon standing open and exposed to Sadr City which was our biggest threat. I told Marlin to move to the other side of the truck for better cover, he looked up and said, ‘You’re right, good call.’ “As he moved over, he literally walked right into the sight picture of a sniper. My instruction had literally made him vulnerable. We were engaged by an enemy sniper with a high caliber rifle. The bullet first entered Marlon’s left arm and then severed his aorta before ricocheting into my upper right thigh and severing my femoral artery. One bullet instantaneously took out two men. 17 The bullet first entered Marlon’s left arm and then severed his aorta before ricocheting into my upper right thigh and severing my femoral artery. One bullet instantaneously took out two men. arrived a couple of minutes later we dismounted to question the driver. “When I got to the driver’s side of the vehicle the guy driving didn’t look like your typical insurgent. He was a kind looking older gentleman. I initially thought we had made a mistake until I looked in the back seat and saw about a five-thousand-dollar video camera. “I started to question him in Arabic to see if I could activate the playback function on handprints of American children from my young sister’s school. When the box of tee- shirts arrived, I found a young girl my seven- year-old sister’s age, gave her the shirt and took a picture with her to send home. So many school supplies went out that my mother started a non-profit just to manage it. “There were times where I literally had to put the lives of my men on the line for clothes and school supplies, but we all began