It was Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004. The U.S. military calls it “Black Sunday.” A small platoon of soldiers with the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, was ambushed in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. The soldiers, many of them young and inexperienced, were on a peacekeeping mission and weren’t expected to face heavy combat. And while concerned about the Iraq deployment, their families back home also hadn’t anticipated their loved ones would find themselves in mortal danger.
Starting on Tuesday, November 7, the National Geographic Channel will premiere “The Long Road Home.” Based on the New York Times bestseller by ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, the eight part mini-series tells the story of the ambush and the three heroic rescue missions launched to save the platoon. It also focuses on the home front, as wives and mothers waited anxiously for word and drew support from one another.
FOX’s Jane Metzler talks with Martha Raddatz about the mini-series, which was filmed at Fort Hood. She also discusses the profound impact these American heroes have had on her life and why she wants everyone to know their story.