US Army

Editor’s Note: This article by Amy Bushatz originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Jacob Farbo

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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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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U.S. Army/Cpl. John Wright

April 4, 2004 --- the first day of the fighting in the Battle of Sadr City --- a day that lives in the hearts, minds, and souls of every War Eagle from 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. That fateful evening began like the end of a classic war movie. That day, The War Eagle Squadron was in the process of relinquishing command of Baghdad’s Tisa Nissan and Sadr City districts to 1st Cavalry Division. We were in the process of returning home after having been in Iraq for a year. Sadly, unforeseen circumstances that afternoon in Sadr City required we War Eagles to re-take command of the battle space.

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At 25 years old, Kyle Carpenter, a former Marine infantryman, is just the second living Marine to receive the nation's highest award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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He died barricading the door to keep the gunman away from his fellow soldiers in a room that wouldn’t lock.

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