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Deuce Four Headed Home - Yon's New Dispatch

Michael Yon posted a new dispatch which begins:

...I attended their departure ceremony, presided over by the much respected Brigade Commander, Colonel Robert Brown. Purple Hearts were awarded to soldiers wounded in action. The commander of the Deuce Four, LTC Erik Kurilla, was not there to pin the medals on his soldiers; Kurilla was the last Deuce Four solider wounded in Iraq, and was recovering from three gunshot wounds...

I am sure that, while LTC Kurilla would rather have not been wounded, he's satisfied that no one else has been hit in his absence and that he bore the last wounds.

That thought stirred me to remember a work of science fiction that had an impact on me as a young paratrooper - and, now that I think on it decades later, it might have even influenced me to seek a Commission. 

"When an officer loses his command, that officer is also lost.  But when that command remains, no matter what happens to its officer, he has not failed." - L. Ron Hubbard, Final Blackout

Good work, Deuce Four, welcome home.

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