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Jed Boal ReportingUS Army and Marine units today pushed into the center of Fallujah. In the second day of a major offensive in the Iraqi insurgent stronghold, a family in Orem is trying to stay upbeat as their son fights on with the Marines.
US troops are fighting guerilla warfare on the streets. 16 Americans have died in two days, but an Orem father remains confident that his son's training and conviction will carry him through.
Christopher Kirsch, Marine's Father: ”It looks like a long war and a lot of troops will be needed."
Private Nicholas Kirsch is likely in the thick of close combat in Fallujah.
Christopher Kirsch: “He and the others are at great risk. It's one of the larger battles fought over there."
The Marine's father, Christopher Kirsch, gets letters from his son each week, but may not hear from him soon. He follows the battle in the news and knows the outcome in Fallujah is important.
Christopher Kirsch: “I don't think it will put an end to it, but it may lead to a better Iraq in the future."
This is the private's second tour in Iraq; the Marines of the First Division also led the initial assault on Baghdad nearly two years ago. His family and friends pray for him, but know the reality of battle.
Christopher Kirsch: “One time his friend lost an eye. They're seeing more action now."
The father says his son is introspective about the war.
Christopher Kirsch: “He's realizing the irony of deprivation and growing to appreciate the things you have in life."
Christopher Kirsch expects his son will be deployed for a third tour of duty when this one is over. After that, he expects his son to head to college.