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Unsung Hero

In June 2005, 19-year-old Rob Kislow was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne on patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan very close to the Pakistan border. The mission was to hunt down elements of the Taliban. A firefight broke out, and one of Rob’s closest friends was shot in the face and killed immediately. As the team maneuvered into a defensive formation another volley of fire from the Kalashnikovs rained into them. Rob took a round to the back of his head, along his right forearm, and a third through his leg just above the ankle. He told me that he didn’t remember much after that.

July 16, 2012