When War Becomes This Personal

Last week was the deadliest one for U.S. soldiers since this war began. We know this because the headlines told us of the seven Marines who died when their KC-130 Hercules slammed into a mountain in Pakistan. But we know more than this.

We know that Staff Sergeant Scott Germosen's widow Jennifer had bought him a new wedding band, to surprise him when he came home. That Captain Daniel McCollum was a star wrestler in high school, voted "best looking" in his class. That Sergeant Jeannette Winters was the first servicewoman to die in this war. That Lance Corporal Bryan Bertrand...

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