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Nampa veteran recounts Black Sunday ahead of TV miniseries premiere

Posted at 5:51 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 19:51:30-04

It's been nearly 14 years since American forces were ambushed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004.

Known as Black Sunday, eight U.S. Army soldiers were killed in action, and more than 60 were wounded. 

For Nampa's Garrett Good, a veteran of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, Black Sunday is a part of his deployment that seems like yesterday.

"My unit was sent to Sadr City, Iraq, to essentially perform a peacekeeping mission," Good said. "We were told by the unit we were replacing, that it was safe, we were treated like rockstars, that everyone loved us."

In a matter of minutes, Good says the battalion was ambushed.
"...completely out of nowhere," Good said. "We were unprepared, didn't have armored vehicles, anything like that."

What ensued was some of the worst fighting American troops had seen in the Iraq War.

"We then had to try and fight just to survive at that point," Good said. 

Known as Black Sunday, eight U.S. Army soldiers were killed in action, and more than 60 were wounded.

While Good says he won't forget the events of that day, he's choosing to associate it with the positive.

"Shortly thereafter, we got to be part of their first election," Good said. "And the people that weren't fight against us, were so proud to show us the ink on their fingers during that day."

Good served in the Army until 2006. 

He says it's difficult to overcome the painful memories of a tough deployment, but finding strength comes day by day.

"It's not something that you'll ever completely forget," Good said. "And I hope I never do, because that's a portion of my life that shaped who I am today, and although it was an awful experience, I wouldn't trade it for anything...and I would do it again, with that group of individuals."

The events of Black Sunday, and the ensuing four-year battle in Sadr City, turning into a television miniseries titled "The Long Road Home."

It premieres Tuesday, Nov. 9, on the National Geographic Channel.