01 Jun 2003
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In the first days of military action in Iraq, with Americans unsure of what lay ahead, one commanding, symbolic image in this
mediaintensive war held sway: a U.S. Marine, ripping down a huge poster of Saddam Hussein in a town in southern Iraq. Those who know
him werent surprised to see that it was David (Bull) Gurfein (MBA 00), whose picture appeared on television sets and in
newspapers around the world.
According to the New York Daily News (March 22, 2003), Gurfein wanted the gesture to reassure
apprehensive Iraqis that this time, America was going to finish what the first Gulf War had left incomplete. Gurfein, a veteran of
the 1991 conflict, said that Iraqis are scared to show a lot of emotion. We wanted to show them that this time were here, and
Saddam is gone.
Gurfein, a major in the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, enlisted in the Corps when he was 17. A member of the
Reserve, living near the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks, he re-upped and went on to serve in Afghanistan, where he
earned the Bronze Star, before moving on to Iraq.
Class of MBA 2000, Section D