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"But for a split second Maurice replaced Sergeant Decaul and I saw a man in front of me, not a target." (Memoir, page 23)

   Maurice Emerson Decaul
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War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division; 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division; Task Force Tarawa; Marine Corps Reserve
Service Location: Parris Island, South Carolina; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Iraq
Rank: Sergeant
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Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Maurice Decaul grew up in Brooklyn, New York. As an 11-year-old boy, he watched from his living room as the Persian Gulf War unfolded on TV, and knew he would have a future in the military. Seven years later, Decaul entered the Marine Corps. Serving with the 25th Marines, he arrived in Iraq on his 23rd birthday, running a mortar team of six men. His memoir, written ten years after his return from Iraq, is a lyrical and elegiac mediation on his experiences as well as the nature of memory, the passage of time, and the idea of home.

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