U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch

When “Fortunate Son,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, comes over the speakers, everyone’s mind immediately jumps to one thing: the Vietnam War. Between the song’s lyrics and its presence in war movies, the anti-war protest song is virtually synonymous with that conflict.

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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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On March 23, 2003, in Nasiriyah, Iraq, Luis Fonseca, a seaman apprentice, was a Navy corpsman on his first deployment, assigned to the Marine Corps’ 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion. Fonseca’s unit was tasked with capturing and holding the northernmost of three bridges: Saddam Canal Bridge.

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