Al Azimiyah Palace
Al Azimiya Palace is located 9 kilometers north of central Baghdad, on the Eastern bank of the Tigris river. Completed in 1995, al Azimiyah is one of five major palaces located in Baghdad. Saddam's oldest son Uday lived there in the lap of luxury until 3 ID arrived.
Major Stephen Armes, Advanced Infantry Training Company commanding officer, was awarded the Bronze Star on the 10th October 2003 while serving as 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment operations officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom, for his efforts in planning and executing numerous attacks as his unit moved from Kuwait into Baghdad. The battalion was the first Marine unit to cross the line of departure on March 20, and moved up into the Rumaylah oil fields, where the situation required Armes to plan to attack over nine hours ahead of schedule with no supporting fire. The battalion destroyed an Iraqi brigade and secured the oil fields. Armes continued to coordinate attacks on Iraqi forces while traveling with the Alpha Command Group, which was the company in the lead as the battalion moved north. On 10 April 2003, Armes entered Baghdad in an amphibious assault vehicle. Their objective was the Al Azimiyah Presidential Palace.
The portion of the palace not destroyed by US missiles functioned as the 2nd Battalion's Tactical Operations Center in late 2003. During the summer, the troops filled the swimming pool and built a sand volleyball court on the grounds.
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