The First Step

Written by Daniel Shaw

The battle of An Nasiriyah took place on March 23rd 2003 during the initial invasion of Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom I). There are numerous literary works on the battle itself and most are filled with accurate information and numerous firsthand accounts. With The First Step, I wanted to do something different and explore an aspect of that day that countless other warriors have experienced before and since.
This First Step is essentially about leading Marines with my first step into battle, what led up to the confrontation, and the feelings I had in the seconds prior to stepping out of relative safety and into a day of fighting. The story is my account of actual events, though liberties were taken in this short work of creative non-fiction.

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