That Was The Way He Was

Sergeant Dennis Weichel, 29, of the Rhode Island National Guard, was riding in a convoy in eastern Afghanistan when some children were spotted in the road ahead, picking up shell casings, which are recycled for money. The soldiers in the convoy got out of their vehicles to get the children out of the way of […]

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Diffusing Pain

Mark Burleson was a Marine Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan when a bomb blast left him with severe burns, shattered bones, and a brain injury. Mark’s right arm was gone below the elbow and his left arm was paralyzed. “Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and […]

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Inside Enemy Territory

In the summer of 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Lt. Michael Murphy and Petty Officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus Luttrell headed out on a surveillance and reconnaissance mission near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The goal was to disrupt activity in the region by Anti-Coalition Militia, with a primary target being Ahmad […]

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Surrounded on All Sides

Lieutenant Michael P. “Murph” Murphy graduated from Penn State with two degrees—political science and psychology. Although accepted to law school, he accepted an appointment to the Navy’s Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla. Murph began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in 2001. Upon graduation, he attended the Army Jump School, SEAL Qualification Training, and SEAL Delivery […]

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Ultimate Professional

Second Class Petty Officer Matthew Gene Axelson entered boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., in 2000. He went directly to Basic Underwater Demolition training, graduating with class 237. “Does he not see my ways, and number all my steps?” —Job 31:4 After training, he attended Army Jump School, SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) and SEAL Delivery […]

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The Best Birthday

Joseph Keenan had been a private practice doctor in his hometown for more than 30 years. “All four of my grandparents were immigrants,” he said. “They came here because there was opportunity. I realized as I got older, how good life was to me.” So he decided to join the military. “The righteous flourish like […]

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Something to Believe In

Jonathon Bussard was in grade school on Sept. 11, 2001 and watched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on television. Even at such a young age, he felt the call to duty that day. “Seeing it happen and then seeing ground zero had a huge impact on me,” said Jonathon, a […]

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