Sunday, March 30, 2003

Two U.S. Soldiers Survive Week in Desert

NORTHERN KUWAIT (AP) - excerpt: "They gave away much of their food to Iraqis. They drew ``SOS'' in the sand. One of them passed the time writing poems to his wife back home. For a week, two American soldiers were stranded in the Iraqi desert. They survived - hungry, thirsty and tired, but eager to get back to their unit and back to the war. In a dispatch Sunday from a reporter embedded with the Army's 75th Exploitation Task Force, The New York Times Web site reported the story of Specialist Jeffrey Klein, 20, of Independence, Ky., and Sgt. Matthew Koppi, 22, of Asheville, N.C., both mechanics with the Army's Third Infantry Division. The Pentagon told The Associated Press on Sunday it had no information about the two. The soldiers said they were stranded when their truck's clutch failed on the way to tow an officer's Humvee that had broken down as the division was traveling toward Baghdad. They said a staff sergeant had ordered them to wait, and said they would be picked up. No one did. So the two dug trenches to defend their position, and took turns on watch..."

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