A career-long military correspondent, David Wood covered guerrilla wars in Africa for three years; since 1981 he has covered war and the US military from Washington. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for a Huffington Post series on severely wounded veterans of OIF and OEF. His newest book, What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars, was published Nov. 1 by Little, Brown.
In early January 2010, a squad of Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, got pinned down in a gully under fire from Taliban fighters holed up in an adobe farm compound on the outskirts of Marjah, Afghanistan. It was the beginning of Operation Moshtarak, the attempt to wrest the town from the Taliban’s grip.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.