On May 21, 2011, Sgt. Nathan Hervey, a scout sniper section leader with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was deployed to northern Musa Qala, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Hervey and his Marines were tasked with surveillance operations in the volatile district, when they became embattled in a heated firefight with insurgent forces transporting weapons that were to be used against a patrol base nearby.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rebecca Floto/Photo illustration by Matt Battaglia

On May 21, 2011, Marine Sgt. Matthew Parker was on a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in search of enemy weapons. Parker, a squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, set out with the rest of platoon after receiving reports that insurgents in the area had recoilless rifles.

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