U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek

Marines from the 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division withdrew tanks and weapons from secret caves in Norway earlier this month, taking them east to Finland, where, for the first time, they took part in the annual mechanized exercise called Arrow 18.

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Adam Weinstein

Depending on which oversimplified media narrative you prefer, Robert Swan Mueller III is either America's Last Best Hope Against Despotism, or he's a Power-Drunk Deep State Conniver Hellbent On Getting The President. But before he became the polarizing “special counsel" tasked with investigating President Donald Trump's campaign and its possible connections to Russia, and before he ran the FBI for 12 years under two presidents from different parties, Mueller was another freshly-minted looie traipsing around Vietnam's DMZ, directing Marines to fire and maneuver around their North Vietnamese enemies.

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David Biber/ESGR

Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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Marine Corps photo

In late June 2006, a routine insurgent patrol in Fallujah’s Anbar province turned into a different mission for Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Walsh.

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