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Members from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, from Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, talk in between taking shifts in a local Iraqi’s house outside of Mosul, in an attempt to find insurgents lurking in a neighborhood known for terrorist activities. These types of patrols made the streets safer for not only the Iraqi people, but for our soldiers.

Mosul, Iraq

Circa 2006

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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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  • docophoto
    docophotoover 6 years ago

    I really like the normality, of this one, just a couple of blokes having a chat….

  • Rebs O
    Rebs Oover 6 years ago

    i am in two minds about this photo, i like the way plain scruffy wall, little picture and old couch show the conditions that these boys ‘relax’ in. i just wonder where they have come from, what they have just seen, must be hard to ever switch off from it……

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...over 6 years ago

    Thanks you guys. I appreciate how differently people can see a single photograph which is one of the reasons I love RedBubble so much. So many unique perspectives. Rebs it is ironic you mention that because these men were under quite duress mot long before.

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...over 6 years ago

    its a very good piece of photojournalism, and an excellent image

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 6 years ago

    I have a friend who has just returned/he an only child/his parents constantly feared for his safety.
    this is a superb image

  • Andrew Edgar
    Andrew Edgarover 6 years ago

    great image

  • Jaytee
    Jayteeover 6 years ago

    thoughtful, ta.

  • Rocketchook
    Rocketchookover 6 years ago

    They should be at home , not over in Mosul. I bet the boys think that now as well once they got through the brainwashing.

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaalmost 6 years ago

    love the world you are presenting to us!

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