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From the NBC News archives: A U.S. Marine’s story


NBC News first met Sgt. 1st Class Rich Stayskal in 2004 in Germany. He was recovering there after his sniper unit fought a fierce battle against insurgents in Iraq. The same sense of duty he shows today was on display then: Wounded but eager to return to Iraq to rejoin his unit, Stayskal told NBC: “I don’t feel right leaving them. I really wish I was still there."