CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC4 News) – Eric Ferguson was stationed at Camp War Eagle on April 4, 2004. It was one of the bloodiest days for American Forces in Sadr City, Iraq. He was tending to the wounded.
“You just don’t think, you just act in that situation. I was holding wounds closed for people as the doc was examining them,” says Ferguson of that day, “…It was what brought everything and made it real. The whole preparation and all your training, and all this stuff that they drill into you for when you get into a situation like that, it doesn’t really hit you until you’re there.”
Ferguson had only been in Iraq for one month when this all occurred. He was just 21 years old, and a member of the 1st Cavalry Division at Camp War Eagle. There were still 10 months left of his tour there, but he says he and his comrades worked hard to keep their spirits up. In 2005, Ferguson came home, and in 2006 his time in the Army ended.
However, he didn’t stay out of the military for too long. He is now a Technical Sergeant at Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah. He uses his experiences from his time overseas to help teach younger members of the military.
“I thought that the experiences I had before, rather than let them tear me down, i was using them to build other people up,” he says.
There is a book, written by Martha Raddatz, from ABC News called “The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family” that chronicles the events that took place that day.