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"You were either scared or bored the entire time, mostly we were just bored." (Video interview, 45:15)

   Joelpatrick Victor Leger
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Joelpatrick Leger [detail from video]
War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Army
Unit: 2nd Infantry Division; 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR); A Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Airborne Division
Service Location: Bahamas; Korea; Egypt; Kuwait; Iraq; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Hunter Field, Georgia
Rank: Specialist
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Specialist Joelpatrick Leger knew from an early age that he would join the military. Drawn to the Army’s aviation program, he enlisted right out of high school. A knee injury prevented him from becoming a pilot, but it didn't stop him from flying. As a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, he served in the Bahamas and in Korea before deploying to Iraq in 2003. While in Iraq he logged more than five hundred hours of flying time, transporting troops and equipment, often through sandstorms and enemy fire.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (5 clips)
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Download: video (82 min.)
»Photo Album  (139 photos)
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»Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty [redacted]
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In the field on September 11; hearing rumors about what was happening; calling home. (01:24) Learning of deployment orders via CNN, knew orders were coming at some point. (01:06) Crossed the border and were given a point in the desert to land; stood guard until MPs arrived; though perimeter was secure but woke up to find MPs gone. (01:37)
Getting shot at; flying over car bomb; thinking one helicopter had gone down; flying over towns; types of weapons used by Iraqis. (02:30) Flying a mission to move troops; flying through sandstorm; landing with limited visibility; narrowly avoiding a crash. (04:06) 

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