Celebrated rescue involved many units

Maj. Art La Flamme, now a student at Fort Gordon, had a small part in one of the most highly publicized events of the war in Iraq -- the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch.

Stationed on an air base in Kuwait in the first few weeks of the war, Maj. La Flamme was a company commander with a military intelligence unit.

Pfc. Lynch was captured after an ambush March 23, 2003, and rescued from an Iraqi hospital on April 1, 2003. She was the only survivor of the ambush.

Maj. La Flamme said he and his soldiers knew something was up in the hours leading to the rescue, but how their pieces fit into the overall puzzle he wouldn't say.

When the report of the rescue was released at a televised news conference , Maj. La Flamme said, he got a call to turn on the TV.

"My two guys turned to me and asked, 'Was that what we were working on?' " he said. "That was us."

The major said there are many other stories of rescue and other good works involving his soldiers during his tours in the Middle East.

"Jessica Lynch was just a very tangible story," he said.

As for many of those other stories, Maj. La Flamme said he doesn't know the outcomes and doesn't want to know.

He has been at Fort Gordon since July as part of an intermediate-level education course with other majors. It's a 110-day class. He is scheduled to leave Oct. 9.

As part of the course, the students were urged to blog about positive experiences in their careers.

He wrote a veiled description of the rescue in which he was involved in Iraq, and it was printed in the September issue of Fort Gordon's FYI Magazine.

After he graduates from this course, Maj. La Flamme will join his unit in Hawaii and then head for his third tour in Iraq.

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