Embedded in Iraq: 20 Years Later

subj: mres

Posted by jim on May 15, 2004 at 08:52:55:

hey, so to my surprise, MREs are really very good. had beef & chili last night. came with tootsie rolls. had thai chicken today. came with nice bag of mixed nuts. really. just one problem: if everybody in the humvee uses the water-activated heating elements at the same time, it sucks out all the oxygen and you die. jim

Posted by jim on May 15, 2004 at 09:38:23:

i’m heading out on a 48 hr tour. don’t know when i’ll log back in. hasta, jim

About: In 2004, I took a leave from my job at the old Philadelphia Daily News and spent next 12 months photographing the war in Iraq for the Associated Press. I shared my experiences with friends and family on a private mailing list and now I am posting my entries on the same dates 20 years later.

By Jim MacMillan

Jim MacMillan is the founder and director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting and the assistant director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University. He has been a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Knight-Wallace Fellows, as well as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Swarthmore College. Previously, MacMillan spent 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and photographed the war in Iraq for The Associated Press, after which he and his team were awarded The Pulitzer Prize.