Soldier Says Mission Not Refused From Fear

A soldier from an Army Reserve unit whose members refused to deliver fuel along a dangerous route in Iraq says he and others did not act out of fear, as the soldier’s father has said.”We are not cowards,” Spc. Major Coates told The Charlotte Observer for a report published Thursday. “The way that things come out, it makes us look like that … Our soldiers have run missions all over Iraq; we’re never scared to go on a mission.” Coates was among 19 members of a platoon from the 343rd Quartermaster Company, based in Rock Hill, S.C., who last week refused to transport supplies from Tallil air base near Nasiriyah to Taji north of Baghdad. He called the newspaper Wednesday, saying he wanted to correct statements made in interviews by his father, John Coates. The specialist said his father may have gotten details wrong because he was upset about what happened. Full Story

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