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Operation Polar Valor

December 7, 2006

Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, "Polar Bears," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), were able to stop any enemies from escaping the village by using air, land and water assets during Operation Polar Valor on Dec. 7, 2006. The Date was picked for the operation because it was the day that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Quarghuli Village was one of the wealthiest communities in Iraq, mostly because it was funded by Saddam Hussein before his fall of power. Enemies migrated and settled in the area for money and safe haven. In the past when the militaries have gone into the village, enemies used a unique escape route - the Euphrates River.

Soldiers of Company A, the 4-31 Military Transition Team, and scouts traveled down the water, Soldiers of Company C. air assaulted from Yusufiyah, Iraq into the village. Soldiers of Company D worked with engineers to clear a road from one strongpoint in the village to their link-up location with the other companies. The intent of the mission was for all of the companies to meet up and establish a strongpoint within the village and stop any enemy form escaping.