Nothin’ says “Merica” like Marines playin’ baseball in Afghanistan. https://t.co/jFOga1d6QP Thank you to the brave military men & women who serve & sacrifice. Not all heroes wear capes #NationalSuperheroDay
GI on patrol in Kabul seems lost among the ruins overlooking the capital, shrouded in the mist of dawn. Are these ruins historical or the result of recent battles? What is an armed African-American soldier doing in a Central Asian city? What invisible enemy is he guarding against? The photo is a symbol of America’s presence in Afghanistan. It reminds me of the film ‘The Desert of the Tartars.’
U.S. Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1), Regimental Combat Team 1, and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers cross a makeshift bridge during Operation Godfather in Durzay, Afghanistan, Jan. 14, 2011.
*”I was on patrol with a company, visiting polling station. The day was tense. Suddenly we ran into an old red car driving fast just in front of us. When the driver saw the army caravan, he turned around and accelerated, and a pursuit began… The vehicle was intercepted some 100 yards in front of us by another hummer who drove on an alternate path. When I reached the car, he was already being blindfold, and sitting on the back of the truck, he was praying aloud, a U.S. captain approached him and was reflected in the window. He asked the translator what he was saying. ‘He’s asking allah to save him,’ the translator said. The answer triggered laughter from the soldiers.”
*Note from photographer
This and other Images from the first Gulf War can be found here
“Of every 100 men they send me, 10 should not even be here; 80 are nothing but targets; 9 are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make. Ahhh, but ONE, ONE of them is a WARRIOR, and he will bring the others back.”