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June 17, 2007 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
One of Alina Perez's earliest memories of her younger brother is of him on a beach in Coronado, Calif., running from a shadow cast by an airplane flying overhead and screaming: "Mom, help me! Help me!" That frightened 5-year-old grew up to become a soldier parachuting into combat out of helicopters -- a paradox that Perez has struggled to come to grips with since her brother's death June 6 in Afghanistan. Army Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff, 28, of Chula Vista, Calif.
April 18, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan's Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held - and others squatted beside - the corpse's severed legs.
December 6, 2009 | By Jill Leovy
The first time Marcus A. Tynes suited up for a youth basketball game, his mother saw the change. She already knew her big, vigorous boy would like sports. But she didn't realize how thrilled he would be just to don that team jersey. It made him proud, gave him a sense of belonging. "He just liked that uniform," she said. "It made him feel part of something." As he grew, one uniform followed another. One for football at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, and another for track.
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