LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A former top Army commander from Hattiesburg who led troops into Iraq a decade ago this week is reflecting on the courage and sacrifice shown by his soldiers. Retired Maj. Gen. Buford Blount commanded the 3rd Infantry Division in March of 2003 as it invaded Iraq to topple Sadam Hussein.
More than 40 soldiers under his command were killed in action in the three weeks it took to secure Baghdad.
Ten years later, Blount is still proud of the accomplishments of his troops.
"The 3rd Infantry Division led the Army's attack into Iraq and had about 10 objectives to seize before we got to Baghdad and so there was just a constant fight as we moved north and our soldiers just did extremely well, just very, very proud of them and I want them to get the recognition that they deserve," Blount said.
Blount left Iraq in August of 2003 and retired from the Army in 2005. Currently, he's chairman of Mav6, an aerospace and defense technology company.