In Afghanistan's Nangahar province, U.S. Army soldiers from Task Force Mountain Warrior rest during a reconnaissance mission aimed at locating the paths used by insurgents between Afghanistan and Pakistan, June 3, 2012. (Photo by Sebastiano Toma/SIPA.)

In Afghanistan's Nangahar province, U.S. Army soldiers from Task Force Mountain Warrior rest during a reconnaissance mission aimed at locating the paths used by insurgents between Afghanistan and Pakistan, June 3, 2012. (Photo by Sebastiano Toma/SIPA.)

This is definitely not the kind of story we're used to hearing from Afghanistan. It involves heroics, but no gunfire. This is the story of how U.S. Marines, military transport pilots, a CBS bureau chief, and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan went to extraordinary lengths to try to rescue a little puppy named Bill.

Puppy rescue in Afghanistan by U.S. troops

This is definitely not the kind of story we're used to hearing from Afghanistan. It involves heroics, but no gunfire. This is the story of how U.S. Marines, military transport pilots, a CBS bureau chief, and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan went to extraordinary lengths to try to rescue a little puppy named Bill.

Sgt. Brody Staman, 24, from Scotts Bluff, Neb., finishes clearing the dirt around a pressure-plate IED during a drill on Feb. 11, 2012. The Vallon metal detector he uses to search for IEDs is behind him. (Copyright 2012 Cheryl Hatch --  http://north2thefuture.wordpress.com/)

V is for Vallon…and valiant

Sgt. Brody Staman, 24, from Scotts Bluff, Neb., finishes clearing the dirt around a pressure-plate IED during a drill on Feb. 11, 2012. The Vallon metal detector he uses to search for IEDs is behind him. (Copyright 2012 Cheryl Hatch -- http://north2thefuture.wordpress.com/)

Before, during, and after deployment pictures.           The Price They Pay!

Before, during, and after deployment pictures. The Price They Pay!

The 82nd in Afghanistan -- An Afghan girl stands behind a U.S. Army soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as he takes part in a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province, April 18, 2012.   REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The 82nd in Afghanistan

The 82nd in Afghanistan -- An Afghan girl stands behind a U.S. Army soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as he takes part in a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Marine Lance Corporal Michael Straub, a 23-year-old native of Lykens, Penn., rests while on patrol in the Durzay region of the Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Marines are assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

Taking a Knee

Marine Lance Corporal Michael Straub, a 23-year-old native of Lykens, Penn., rests while on patrol in the Durzay region of the Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Marines are assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

April 10, 2012. U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne division are silhouetted as they walk during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan.

2012: The Year in Silhouettes

April 10, 2012. U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne division are silhouetted as they walk during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan.

Tom Manion: Why They Serve—'If Not Me, Then Who?'

Tom Manion: Why They Serve—'If Not Me, Then Who?'

in The Wall Street, Tom Manion, whose son Travis died while serving as a Marine in Iraq, writes that after more than a decade of war, remarkable men and women are still stepping forward.

Remember to support and thank our troops EVERY day, and on Fridays, wear RED to Remember Everyone Deployed! Request a care package for your deployed loved one: https://www.operationgratitude.com/request-a-package/individual-request-form/ (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr. Used with permission.)

Remember to support and thank our troops EVERY day, and on Fridays, wear RED to Remember Everyone Deployed! Request a care package for your deployed loved one: https://www.operationgratitude.com/request-a-package/individual-request-form/ (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr. Used with permission.)

50 days and counting until we assemble and ship our ONE MILLIONTH Operation Gratitude Care Package on December 7! Thanks to the generosity of the thousands of you who have collected and donated Beanie Babies and other small, plush toys, we have been able to include them in every box going to deployed service members. As you can see from all the smiles, these LITTLE toys are always a BIG hit!

50 days and counting until we assemble and ship our ONE MILLIONTH Operation Gratitude Care Package on December 7! Thanks to the generosity of the thousands of you who have collected and donated Beanie Babies and other small, plush toys, we have been able to include them in every box going to deployed service members. As you can see from all the smiles, these LITTLE toys are always a BIG hit!

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