PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World A Marine who fought in Iraq reflects on the country's challenges today Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/394616/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Tim McLaughlin was one of the first US Marines to enter Iraq in 2003. He was there on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein fell. The American flag that was placed on top of the statue belonged to him.