11 April 2008

Wounded last fall, 173rd Paratrooper returns to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan

April 9, 2008 interview with Squad Leader SSG Kevin Rice and Team Leader SGT Francisco Oquendo of 2-503rd PIR, 173rd ABCT.

SSG Rice was wounded in October 2007 during Operation Rock Avalanche. In the same attack, SSG Larry Rougle was killed.

Sebastian Junger of Vanity Fair had this to say about Rice after spending time embedded with the unit late last summer:

He walks into the open like he’s in his bathrobe going out to get the morning paper...

Bravery comes in many forms, and in this case it’s a function of Rice’s concern for his men, who in turn act bravely out of concern for him and one another.

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