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Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Long, who was injured losing both legs while serving in Afghanistan, mourns at Arlington National Cemetery as American flags are placed in front of each headstone in preparation for Memorial Day, in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Marines from Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman’s squad embrace each other after paying tribute to the fallen Marine’s monument during a memorial service at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18. “He was like a dad to us,” Lance Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse said. “He’d take us under his wing and make sure we didn’t mess up. If we did he wouldn’t yell at us, but show us what we did wrong and how to correct it.” Sgt. Mark Fayloga dvidshub.net/r/yl6vvp