Curtis Hice

Curtis Hice was one of the thousands of regular enlistees in 2001. He didn’t sign up for war but when it came, he was ready anyway.

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Anthony Russo
Nicholas Moore

At the bottom of what we think about service is the idea that we don’t get to do what we want, we have to do what is needed. For the better part of Nicholas Moore’s career, what you might call the glory of battle was overshadowed by the darker aspects of war and the trappings of service to a cause greater than yourself

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Anthony Russo
Samuel Graves

Long before he enlisted in the army, Samuel Graves developed a work ethic that separated him from his peers. He approached whatever job he was doing with exceeding his own expectations as the only goal. But when he arrived in Iraq, he saw how big a part chance played in war.

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Anthony Russo
Anthony Dang

After his brother was killed in the first battle of Ramadi, Anthony Dang joined the Marines in hope of getting revenge. But, as he found out for himself in the second battle of Ramadi, there is no satisfaction in killing, only in living.

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Anthony Russo
Erick Waage

From leading soldiers in Afghanistan to kicking down doors as part of the Ranger regiment, Erick Waage’s career was marked by violence and close calls. He had the kinds of tours that can wear on your humanity if you take a moment to stop and think about it. But if you just keep running and fighting you can avoid dealing with it for awhile.

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Anthony Russo
Russell Davies

Many veterans remember combat as a profoundly raw experience, a time in their lives where their wills, bravery and fragility are right out there, without any cover. Some of them learn that it is possible to kill both without remorse and without malice but it is impossible to kill without consequence.

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Anthony Russo
Ray McPadden

Ray McPadden had spent 15 long difficult months in Afghanistan, leading a 10th Mountain Division platoon and learning the hard way why the Korengal Valley enjoyed the reputation it did.

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Anthony Russo
Doc Buzard

Daniel “Doc” Buzard had been a working paramedic long before he deployed in his late 20s, but his first taste of combat medicine opened his eyes to the possibilities and meaning that providing aid has in a war zone.

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Anthony Russo
Brian Avalos

When Brian Avalos joined the army in his mid-20s, he was on his own, but by the time he left, struggling with the aftereffects of a traumatic brain injury, he would have to make use of a support system that spread well beyond the other soldiers with whom he served.

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Anthony Russo
Tom Satterly Part Two

The Battle of Mogadishu was the first of an almost uncountable number of battles for Tom Satterly in a career that stretched from Samolia through Bosnia and Iraq all the way through to an anticlimactic finale in a parking garage in Akron Ohio.

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Anthony Russo