Jan 27, 2005

AR RAMADI, Iraq (April 26, 2005) - Staff Sgt. Ray A. Valdez, guide, 4th Platoon, Company A, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, kneels down and secures C-4 plosives on a pile of illegal weapons he and his Marines discovered buried on farmland on the southern outskirts of the city here. The 30-year-old from San Antonio, Texas and his fellow engineers found 15 AK-47s; 12 bolt action rifles; three RPK machine guns; three rocket propelled grenade launchers; 200 60 mm shells, 100 82 mm shells; 20 120 mm shells; 10 155 mm shells; 40 pounds of P-C4 explosives; 30 hand grenades and 50 52 mm high explosive anti-tank missiles during their mission that had them trudging through the fields for more than 16 hours. The blast masters destroyed the weapons caches with controlled detonations so insurgents can no longer use them against coalition forces. Photo by Cpl. Tom Sloan

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