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KAJAKI, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 17: Navy Corpsman HM3 Joe Collins of Mystic, CT attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment prepares to head out for a patrol with Marines from Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 17, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan.

“They seemed terribly pathetic to me. They weren’t warriors. They were American boys who by mere chance of fate had wound up with guns in their hands, sneaking up a death-laden street in a strange and shattered city in a faraway country in a driving rain. They were afraid, but it was beyond their power to quit. … And even though they weren’t warriors born to the kill, they won their battles. That’s the point.”
Ernie Pyle

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ernie Pyle spent his last years embedded with troops in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Japanese-held islands of the Pacific, writing columns detailing the lives of the common World War II soldier six times a week for newspapers across the country.

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