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He was also “Asked”, thrown out of Iraq, when during a fire fight he picked up a weapon and enter the fray.
He returned back to photo journalism there after promising not to enter the fight again.
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- Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:36
Erik is the finest combat leader I ever went to combat with. Spent five months with him. Before I got there to the unit in Mosul, Erik had already been knocked out by a car bomb and all sorts of other things, but was still doing missions literally 7 days per week, as the battalion commander.
The enemy hated Erik so much that they put a bounty on him. The enemy hated Deuce Four. I loved them. They were incredibly aggressive and so there was constant contact with the enemy.
Brigadier General, Michael “Erik” Kurilla at the Children of Fallen Patriots 2015 Gala
Brigadier General (Promotable) Michael “Erik” Kurilla received the Patriot Award at Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation’s 7th Annual Greenwich Gala in Riverside, CT on November 14, 2015.
The bounty did not work. Erik and the Deuce Four battalion were killing enemy practically daily, and they themselves took 183 casualties.
One day Erik got shot in front of me, hit three times, badly, but he continued to fire at the enemy and give orders. Erik was the last casualty of the battalion.
Before it was over, Bruce Willis wanted to do a movie about Erik and the Deuce Four, and asked me to write a book, but long story short I stayed in the wars.
Today I am honored to have such friends, and to know that such people serve in our military still.
Entire article below.
You must see Erik’s inspirational speech:
And photos of Erik and the Deuce Four in combat when Erik got shot the second time (hit three times and still fighting):
And comments from the incredible Deuce Four Soldiers who were there: