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"I'm laughing, and the next thing I know, it's black, and I'm not sitting anymore, I'm lying on my back, four or five feet from where I used to be…" (Audio interview, 41:08).

   Adam Jordan Holt
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War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Army
Unit: C Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Location: Mosul, Iraq; Baghdad, Iraq
Rank: E-4
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Along with a sense of patriotism, the tangible benefits of military service--such as earning money for college--figured high on Adam Holt's list of reasons for enlisting in the Army in 2004. Beginning with the rigors of boot camp to his deployment to Iraq, military life demanded a lot of him in return. During the fifteen months he spent in Mosul and Baghdad, he learned to cope with the constant physical stress of combat, and of urban combat in particular. A week before he was scheduled to return to the States, an improvised explosive device went off in a tool shed on the property his team was investigating; the blast broke his leg and sent shrapnel into his shoulder and the back of his head. Despite these injuries, he explains that overall, his military experience was a positive experience for him, as it gave him a new appreciation for the fragility of life.

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Reasons for enlisting (NaN:NaN) First day of basic training; confronting instructors screaming at him; rigors of basic. (02:29) Driving a striker for the first six months; then was an automatic rifleman; seeing combat; description of combat conditions. (02:32)
Casualties in his platoon. (01:13) Grueling schedule; physical stress; never became inured to combat conditions. (01:42) Description of incident in which he was hit by an IED; injuries sustained; very lucky not to die. (05:14)
Impact of military service on his life; gave him a sense of the preciousness of life; gave him direction and a sense of responsibility. (01:48)  

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