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Even when times appear bleak, be optimistic

November 16, 2013
Brooklynne Knutson , Minot Daily News

"Blood rushed down my leg after I had been shot." This was Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ethan Burk recalling events that took place at Camp Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012, when a night attack took the base by surprise. Burk had been on his way to work when he heard the rocket-propelled grenade detonate behind him. To escape the inferno, he drove his unarmored vehicle forward, straight into an ambush of heavily armed insurgents. After maneuvering behind a barrier Burk was met by a quick reaction force and taken for medical attention. Close examination showed that he had been shot in the elbow by a rebel's machine gun round and that fragments of the bullet still remained in his arm, requiring surgical removal.



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