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One Marine’s journey overcoming adversity

Sergeant Ricardo Ramirez, squad leader, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, discusses his team’s game plan during halftime of a football game here, Oct. 21, 2013. Ramirez lost his hand during combat operations while serving with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2006. He currently still supports his former battalion while attached to 5th Marines and plays cornerback and special teams on the Fighting Fifth’s football team.



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This work, One Marine’s journey overcoming adversity [Image 4 of 10], by Sgt Timothy Lenzo, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.21.2013

Date Posted:10.22.2013 20:37

Photo ID:1038514

VIRIN:131021-M-PC317-010

Resolution:3360x2240

Size:3.52 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:QUEBRADILLAS, PR

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