01 Jun 2003
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Leading the Charge


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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 media–intensive 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 weren’t 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 we’re 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.

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