|Does anyone have any comments on this story? Some of the marines killed at Nasiriya were done in by an A10.
?Eighteen Marines were killed in Nasiriya on March 23 as U.S. and coalition forces drove to Baghdad.
Six months later, those who fought alongside them told CNN they remain bitter that an undetermined number of their friends were killed -- not by Iraqis -- but by an Air Force A-10 they hoped was coming to their rescue.
Pinned down on all sides, the Marines were under fire from mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. Outnumbered, they fought back, their dead and wounded scattered all along the aptly named "Ambush Alley."
With no air support yet, Marine Capt. Dan Wittnam was elated as he looked into the clear skies to see it coming -- a U.S. warplane called a Warthog for its ability to root out and kill tanks.
"The first thought that went through my mind was, 'Thank God, an A-10 was on station," he told CNN.
And then, "the earth went black from the dirt being kicked up. And a feeling of absolute, utter horror and disbelief."
Wittnam, the 33-year-old commander of Charlie Company, said the Warthog fired on the Marines.?