Charles "Big Daddy" Meier - Iraq
Chuck Big Daddy Meier and Andy in Ramadi deep in the Sand Box
Big Daddy says "Andy has forgotten more about weapons and fire arms then I will ever know. A great guy and one hell of a gun slinger"
Chuck says "Andy takes not just tactical shooting, but shooting in general to a whole new level. A real Jedi. He was with me right after I was blown up (more on that later). The company sent him along with my ass for moral support. We stay in touch" to this day."
That would be one of the tools of the trade, Barrette 50 Cal. Beautiful
It can and has been used as a SASR"Special Applications Scoped Rifle", and is used as an anti-materiel rifle and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) tool.
The long effective range, over (1 mile), along with high energy ammunition, allows for effective operations against targets like radar cabins, trucks, parked aircraft etc.,. The M82 can also be used to defeat human targets from standoff range or against targets behind cover.
Big Daddy was visiting a good friend who builds Custom Fire Arms,
( Tom Carbone ) AKA Tommy Glock. He just happened to have one laying
around the office. Now ain't that a cool day at the office.
Chuck Big Daddy Meier with MRE (Marie) deep in the Sand Box
In Chuck's words:
"This was my Iraqi rescue. I found it as a fuzzy little puppy
Mostly because they are fucking savages, compounded because their religion believes that dogs are unclean and should not be touched. So in their philosophy they should kick it, throw rocks at and stone it to death. Now, I have a warm spot in my heart for dogs and puppies. So, I Slapped the the dog shit (no pun intended) out of several Hodjis, to save her. I put this little puppy in my helmet and fed it M.R.E.'s (Meal Ready to Eat). That brought her back to life and that's how she got her name M.R.E., pronounced Marie. She stayed with me the whole time I was in An Najef.
This worked out great for me. Extra eyes on the ground and nose in
the air. She would not let a Hodji with in 50-yards of my ass with
out sounding an alarm. Marie had a vicious bark, and the Hodji's Knew
I would let her bite the hell out em if they didn't pay respect and
keep their distance. Hell I liked that dog more then I like most of
the Hodji's . Marie was a hell of a companion, had a great personality,
unconditional love and funny as hell.
Big Daddy Charles Meier playing with an AT-4 Anti Tank weapon in the Sand Box back in 2004
Big Daddy shooting the coveted AT-4.
This is a one shot Anti Tank Weapon. One time use. The launcher and projectile are manufactured prepackaged and issued as a single unit of ammunition with the launcher discarded after a single use. Quoting Chuck it is "basically a BIG Ass PVC pipe with a kick ass rocket in it."
Big Daddy went on to clarify what was happening......"We found a place in Ad Diwaniyah that a group of Hodji's rat holed a house full of rocket fuel that they were not supposed to have and didn't want to give it back either. It it was my job to remove it from the planet. Mission accomplished, you should have seen the fireball."
In Chuck's words "the 4th of July ain't got shit on me."
Chuck "Big Daddy" Meier with a gun found in an ammo cache deep in the Sand Box
Big Daddy with a gun we picked up out of an old Ammo Cache they found. They pulled it right out of the cosmaline, a grease used to keep it from corroding.
went on to explain that Sten was the manufacturer and they used simple
stamped metal components and minor welding, which
Chuck "Big Daddy" Meier in his Shemagh deep in the Sand Box .....Iraq
A shemagh is worn as part of men's Arab and Middle Eastern clothing. It's a scarf worn on the head. It comes in multiple colors and patterns.
Saudi's mostly wear the red and white patterns. The rest of the Arab
This is a self portrait of Big Daddy's sweet ass on one of his first convoys in 2003. It was taken some where between Baghdad and Bucca.
A shemagh was one of the first things that you would get as a Contractor.
It was classified as gucci gear. It was an attempt to
Hodji hasn't been wearing them for the last thousand years because
they don't work in the environment that is lived in. This was a functional
Don't you just love the "LOOK", tan shemagh with high lighted
oakley glasses. The shemagh, or head Scarf is great for keeping the
sun off your head, wind and dust out of your face and at night cold
off your neck. It is also great as concealing your identity. During
the day and on long patrols you can also wet them down and remain
and his buds had a saying, "if you can't be cool, look cool"...
and "Big Daddy"
sure do look cool..
Big Daddy's Ford F-350 up-armoured truck at end of a BAD DAY in the Sand Box
This is what remains of Big Daddy Meier's Ford F-350 up-armoured truck. This is what contractors were using in the sand box. They were very useful for the climate. But, as you can see not very good protection from a 155-MM IED (as in Improvised Explosive Device). At least Chuck says this is what did the damage since that is what the investigation team wrote in their report.
This picture was taken in northern Tikrit, Iraq home to the late Saddam Hussein. Big Daddy and his company were on an old tank base providing security to EOD crews cleaning up tons of unexploded ordinance.
This is the scene that ended Chuck "Big Daddy" Meier's career in Iraq.
From here, with severe, wounds Big Daddy was flown to Germany then back to the states.
Boys and Girls we are going to finish this story in the next travel log..... "Bad Day in the Sand Box". Things really did turn bad as you can imagine from the looks of this vehicle. Click here to finish the story "Bad Day in the Sand Box".
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