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"[I was] always saying to myself I ain't gonna be the one...that one kid back home still running around...not having a life." (Video Interview, 5:47)

   Luis Daniel Almaguer
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Luis Almaguer, Camp Duke, Iraq [2004]
War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
Service Location: Camp Pendleton, California; Iraq
Rank: Sergeant
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Sergeant Luis Almaguer had it rough--raised by his grandparents, he married at 17 and dropped out of high school--before he found a second chance in 1997 with the Marine Corps at the age of 20. He was deployed to Iraq as part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in June 2004. A member of a Personal Security Detachment (PSD), he experienced first-hand the humanitarian efforts being made in Iraq, as plans were made to rebuild the city and community of Najaf.

Interview (Video)
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Self-motivation kept him going; determined to make something of himself. (00:57) Training 24/7; didn't know what their mission would be; had to come together in order to succeed; knew they were going to Iraq. (01:21) Stationed in Najaf; Mahdi militia had taken over the town; governor asked for help; lots of humanitarian work. (01:59)
Enemy was hiding in civilian locations; hadn't been allowed to enter before; difficult to tell who was your enemy. (00:55) What the Marine Corps has meant in his life. (00:51) 

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