Two days ago, as Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane crisis fought for news headlines with sports protests and Beltway drama, a titter went through veterans’ communities online: Who were those big, aw-shucks-looking ex-military operators giving heart-rending updates on the ground situation in Puerto Rico?

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ABOARD THE USS KEARSARGE — Under normal circumstances, the sailors aboard the USS Kearsarge would be training for their primary job — putting Marines ashore in an amphibious operation to attack a target, and support them until the mission’s done.

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Some are calling him a cop, others a soldier. But whatever he is, we can all agree that there is one thing the mysterious man filmed rescuing Old Glory in the middle of Hurricane Irma is certainly not: a communist.

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Air Force Maj. Kendall Dunn tightened his grip on the control wheel of the turbo-prop airplane as he thrust the bulky aircraft through then-Category 4 Hurricane Irma.

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Air Force photo by David Sterphone

As Hurricane Irma thrashed Florida over the weekend, destroying homes and leaving millions without electricity, two members of the Air National Guard exchanged wedding vows in Orlando before a gathering of fellow guardsmen awaiting orders to begin search and rescue operations.

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As the modern ancestor of drunken American folk hero Jigger Johnson, Florida Man’s list of accomplishments reads like the strangest police blotter in the history of drunken hijinks: beating up a swan, throwing an alligator through the window of a Wendy’s drive-thru, driving into a house while attempting to time travel, using a mixtape as an official form of identification, and launching an exploratory committee for a presidential run, among others. But one Florida resident's joke response to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irma may capture America’s id as its finest.

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