U.S. Soldiers in Iraq were forced to steal water because supplies were short, report KHOU.

Robey said it started early on in the war, and that he and other soldiers are paying the price to this day. In 2003, he said soldiers were given what was the equivalent of only a half gallon of water to survive on a day—all while dodging bullets in the blistering heat.

“We were on missions, I ran out of water,” Robey said.

That’s no surprise. According to an Army Fort Bragg training document on preventing heat casualties in desert climates, water losses can reach 15 liters, or four gallons, per day per soldier. Additionally, Survival, a 1957 Department of the Army field manual, states “in hot deserts, you need a minimum of one gallon (of water) per day” just to survive.

So Robey said his company were forced to improvise.

KHOU has more details here.

This video is from KHOU, broadcast May 12, 2009.

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