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A soldier from the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon, 18th Engineer Company, Task Force Arrowhead, reads a book at Forward Operating Base Mizan after completing a route clearance patrol in Afghanistan's Zabul Province May 24, 2012. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)
A little boy sits and holds the hand of U.S. Army Sgt. Resolve Savage, from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona National Guard, while he pulls security outside of a hospital during a medical capabilities program and humanitarian assistance supply hand out in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan June 28, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham)
An Afghan National Army soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade at Taliban insurgents from Marjeh firing on their position Feb. 9 at the “Five Points” intersection. A group of ANA soldiers joined the Marines of Charlie Co. as they conducted a helicopter-borne assault earlier that morning to seize the key intersection of roads linking the northern area of the insurgent stronghold of Marjeh with the rest of Helmand province.
Confederate Veteran ... a number of blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. Historians and students of history agree that blacks served by the thousands in the Confederate Army, but they will dispute, however, that these blacks served as soldiers, and will dismiss their service as that of servants attached to the Army. Not so however.