Via the Mudville Gazette...
Marines on the 4th of July were "celebrating" by suffering through their third day traveling on foot in Afghanistan, carrying food, equipment and ammunition on their backs. Conditions were miserable:
The high heat, heavy packs, limited water and three straight days of walking through tough farmland terrain were taking a toll, he said. Several Marines threw up or were dry-heaving from the heat. Three passed out, and other Marines rushed to share the weight and pour water on overheated bodies.
The Marine solution?
"It'd be so great if we took contact. We'd lose so much weight," said Lance Corp. Michael Estrada, 20, of Los Angeles.
Gotta love those Marines! Read it all, as they say.