On March 23, 2003, three days after American forces crossed the berm into Iraq, Gunnery Sgt. Justin LeHew of the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion and his Marines were en route to the embattled city of Nasiriyah when the unit’s lead element came under heavy fire. Part of that lead element was a convoy with the Army’s 507th Maintenance Company, which had made a wrong turn and veered directly into enemy-held territory. A fierce battle ensued.

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