Staff Sgt. Nick Popaditch was there, celebrating with a cigar as his tank pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein, in a scene witnessed by just a few hundred Iraqis, many of whom were members of Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress.
A year later the cameras were there again when his tank was hit by an RPG in Fallujah.
Nick Popaditch lost his right eye in an operation in which shrapnel was removed from near his optic nerve.
On that same day, Al-Firdaws square was closed to the Iraqi public, after posters of Muqtada Al-Sadr were torn down from the statue which replaced that of Saddam Hussein's.
Just one of the tragically ironic stories which will probably find its way into the Ken Burns biography of the war, many years from now when we've had time to put this debacle in perspective and when the pain isn't quite as immediate.