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OMG tears.....Lance Cpl. Jason Hallett and Staff Sergeant Michael R. Gilio, both of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are reunited at the unit’s homecoming from Afghanistan earlier this week. Hallett has been recuperating at Bethesda Naval Medical Center since being wounded in October 2010.

“A True Hero” Senior Airman Mike Malarsie, USAF, is a tactical air control party (TACP) specialist. He was hit by a roadside bomb while he, one other TACP and 11 Army soldiers were on foot patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan, January 3, 2010. The blast shattered his jaw, broke his nose, caused multiple lacerations to his face and neck, and caused the eventual loss of his eyesight.competitive.”

Homecoming. They obviously couldn't wait. I love the way the other soldiers in the formation can't suppress their grins!

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2009 us marine corps dog tag hat pin chain marines ega

Boston, Located on the south side of the Old North Church stands a small area set aside to commemorate the soldiers lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Hundreds of dog tags representing the fallen soldiers from these conflicts hang closely together. When the wind blows one can hear the distinctive metal chimes as they clang together to make their eery music.

He was hit by enemy fire, kept firing, rushed to the aid of a Marine, denied himself meds in case any Marines got hurt worse than him, and now he's back in Afghanistan to help the Marines again. Read more:

— A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown, after an explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the military said. Medical aid rendered under fire saved all five of her comrades.

The beautiful face of courage: Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter USMC. Carpenter, 21, of Gilbert lost the eye, most of his teeth and use of his right arm from a grenade blast Nov. 21 near Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.Friends and family say he threw himself in front of the grenade to protect his best friend in Afghanistan, Cpl. Nick Eufrazio. (via barefootbluejeannight1)

Army Sgt. Tanner S. Higgins, 23, of Yantis, Texas. Died April 14, 2012, Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire.

Navy SEAL Adam Brown was killed in action in Komar Province, Afghanistan on March 16, 2010. Adam Brown's story is one of redemption, strength, determination and especially faith. He overcame many extreme hurdles by the grace of God and rose all the way to SEAL Team 6. Eric Blehm wrote a book on Brown called "Fearless." It is worth reading.

Rochester, N.Y.- Staff Sergeant Javier Ortiz-Rivera called his boys his little Marines. He loved playing with them and teaching them how to salute and stand tall. The youngsters used those lessons to bid their father farewell. Wearing tiny Marine uniforms made especially for them, they saluted their father as he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Seventy family members and friends attended the service to honor Sergeant Ortiz-Rivera. It was his wish to be buried there…

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One Single Picture To Remind Us What's Still Going On In Afghanistan

sorrow........It happens far more often than we care to think about: American soldiers coming home in flag-draped coffins to mourning loved ones, but an AP photographer was there to grab this particular heartbreaking scene. Here, Ashley Edens is seen collapsing on the coffin of her late 22-year-old husband Army Spc. Jason K. Edens as his body arrived in Nashville, TN

Marine Capt. Trevor J. Yurista Died October 27, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 32, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 27 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

An American Hero, who by the looks of his shirt, has a great sense of humor too. Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely, quadruple amputee. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.