In this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 photo, U.S. Marine Infantryman Cpl. Brandon Barrone, 24, from Las Vegas, Nev., poses for a portrait at his small patrol base, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. ... more 
In this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 photo, U.S. Marine Infantryman Cpl. Brandon Barrone, 24, from Las Vegas, Nev., poses for a portrait at his small patrol base, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Cpl. Barrone, on his memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack: "I was getting ready for school, I was in seventh or eighth grade. I was eating Cheerios. I remember watching the second crash. My mom always watched the news in the morning, and that's what she was watching. And, we never really paid much attention. But me and all my little brothers, all four of us, were just hanging out. And then all of a sudden, my mom called us into the living room, and we just started watching it. We were all late to school that day." Cpl. Barrone, on why he joined the Marines: "My father figure in life was in the Marines back in the 70s, and I always knew since I was a little kid I was going to be in the military, but I didn't really know what the heck a Marine was until I got out of high school, you know I didn't know what the difference was, and then I found out and then what else could I do? That's pretty much what got me in, I wanted to be the best, and go fight with the best. I actually joined on Pearl Harbor Day, 2006. I was in college, and I just got bored with regular young-adult life, and I had friends who were in the military, who had been going to Iraq and stuff like that, and they were telling me their stories, and I didn't want to sit on the sidelines anymore." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Brennan Linsley
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