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A U.S. soldier shows off a scar from the surgery required to remove multiple pieces of ammunition shrapnel sustained when his squad came under direct enemy fire while on patrol in Mosul, Iraq. As of October 2007 over 27,000 U.S. military personnel have been wounded in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March of 2003.

Mosul, Iraq

Circa 2005

A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • shawhouse
    shawhouseover 7 years ago

    damned fine work. you don’t look away.

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...over 7 years ago

    Thank you, Phil, too kind.

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 7 years ago

    Striking image. Outstanding!

  • docophoto
    docophotoover 7 years ago

    Great shot. A real contradiction in the casual way he is displaying such a major injury.

  • Hien Nguyen
    Hien Nguyenabout 7 years ago

    can’t see his face, but his pose almost shows that he is proud of the scar..

  • Julie Marks
    Julie Marksabout 7 years ago

    Powerful shot. I once read that shamans have a scar on their abdomen. You could be a great spiritual force.

  • Rebs O
    Rebs Oabout 7 years ago

    great image, must have been very sore

  • Philip  Rogan
    Philip Roganabout 7 years ago


  • 4getsundaydrvs
    4getsundaydrvsabout 7 years ago

    great work

  • longlegs
    longlegsalmost 7 years ago

    very powerful shot .. and B/W is a very great option.

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