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“Okay buddy, how ya doing today?" a Marine asks as he stands over the body of a dead Afghan man. “You look like you just got fucked."

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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.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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“America! Ahhhhh!” roars Chief Warrant Officer Christian Wade as he unloads with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle — and not with any of that wimpy “pew, pew, pew” slow and steady squeeze stuff. The 2nd Marine Division gunner goes full auto in his latest fact or fiction video, before pausing to ask: “Is that really necessary?”

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Taylor Cooper

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In November 2009, President Barack Obama announced that an 30,000 additional U.S. troops would be sent to an Afghanistan. Several thousand Marines from 1st Battalion and 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment were deployed to opium-rich Helmand province where the Taliban-held stronghold of Marjah was to be the the proving ground for counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan. On Feb. 13, 2010, Marine and coalition forces launched an all out assault on Marjah. The attack was highly publicized and the city's diehard Taliban defenders had spent the previous month's turning Marjah into a heavily mined and well defended stronghold.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey

Marines take pride in our heritage. Every Marine knows the Corps’ motto: Semper Fidelis, and we’re all quick to correct someone when they call us soldiers or sailors.

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