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For this blog we examine the heroism of soldiers, in the harsh reality of war. From the earliest times until today, countries have fought over land and been involved in major power disputes. The same is still true in modern day America, where thousands of soldiers have died fighting in wars such as Afghanistan and Iraq. These soldiers leave their families, jobs, and all other things behind to protect their country. One may ask does being involved in such terrible actions classify them as a true hero? A soldier fights for what they believe in and protects the ones they love, in the hopes of making the world a better place. In my eyes, this defines a true hero even in the mist of a bloodshed. A soldier represents a role model that demonstrates bravery, class and true character.

One great story I found of a war hero was Sgt. Dennis Weichel who was 29. Weichel, a Rhode Island National Guardsman, was killed in Afghanistan. This was a compelling war-zone story of heroism of a U.S. soldier who gave his own life to save an Afghan girl from certain injury. It started when he was riding along in a convoy in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan when some children were spotted on the road ahead. The children were picking up shell casings lying on the road when Weichel and other soldiers got out of their vehicles to get them out of the way of the heavy trucks in the convoy. The children moved but an Afghan girl went back on the road to pick up some more shells that lay underneath a passing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. Weichel saw the girl and quickly moved her out of the way from the moving armored truck and succeeded. However, he was unable to save himself from the truck and was run over by it. The girl had been saved but Weichel later died upon his injuries.

Dennis Weichel is a true hero for saving the life of another human being. He will always be remembered for his courageous, selfless and loyal actions during his service in Afghanistan. The bronze star he received is a just a little reminder of the sacrifices this soldier had to make in the hopes of a better society.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/hero-u-s-soldier-gives-life-to-save-afghan-girl/

 

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I agree, i actually googled some soldiers that were
    titled “heroes” and i saw him pop up and his story definitely qualifies him to be a hero, for someone to put his life out there to save another, especially someone that he didn’t even know.

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  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow. This story is amazing. He without a doubt is a hero in my book. He did not even die fighting terrorists but saving a helpless little girl. Soldiers are truly amazing!

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  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Putting his own life on the line to save the little girl definitely qualifies Sgt. Weichel as a hero. The selflessness of putting others before yourself, even if it means death is truly admirable.

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  4. Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    This was a great story, and I agree that fighting for the people and things you love, and making the world a better place justifies soldiers.

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