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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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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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The U.S. Army Special Forces team leader upon whom the Pentagon has heaped much of the blame for a deadly ambush in Niger last October may also be awarded a Silver Star for his heroic actions that day, the New York Times reported on Aug. 23.

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Robert Berry Sinclair, a highly decorated Marine Corps aviator who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, was celebrated during a burial at sea Monday, Aug. 13. Sinclair, of Dana Point, California, died July 14. He was 96.

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Congressman Duncan Hunter, Republican from California, has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis asking him to upgrade a Silver Star award to a Navy Cross for Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion in light of what he called "new material evidence."

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Nearly a half-century after their unit left Vietnam, 10 former members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade were honored Friday in a ceremony at Fort Shafter, where the graying veterans were pinned with medals, including Silver Stars, Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts, for serv­ice to the nation that went unrecognized years ago.

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