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E-ticket: Damage Control

Originally Published: March 17, 2008
By By Eric Neel | ESPN.com

HUNTLEY, Ill. -- You want to draw fire. That's the idea. It's called a "presence patrol." Make yourself visible to your enemies and hope they shoot, so when they do, you know where they are and you can return the favor.

The day 20-year-old U.S. Army Spc. Jeremiah Homuth got hit, his unit, First Platoon-Alpha Company, was on a presence patrol in Afghanistan, about a half-hour northwest of Kandahar, near the Pakistani border. Most days, they would have been on foot, but the area of operations ...

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