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Marine Corps hero defiantly “salutes” the enemy

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Iron Mike
This photograph depicting Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt’s defiance was taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald. It adorns the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the Brigade Commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.

RAMADI, IRAQ– United States Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt is known as ‘Iron Mike’ or just ‘Gunny’. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He has become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.

Then, on September 19th he was blown up.

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A sea of red, white and blue greets Iraq veteran

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

“Peace begins with a smile …” – Mother Teresa
By Çonnie Bickman / Cannon Falls Beacon

CANNON FALLS, MINN – Iraq Army veteran, Gunnar Swanson, recently walked 1,000 miles from Dallas, Texas to Northfield, in “A Soldier’s March for Peace” (ASM4P) project to raise awareness and funds to help kids affected by war.

He spoke at schools, YMCAs and other groups of kids as he traveled, with Cannon Falls being the last stop on his ASM4P speaking tour.

Missy Klapperich, who organized the Cannon Falls school appearance, introduced War Kids Relief directors, Dina Fesler and Gunnar Swanson, and quoted Mother Teresa in saying,

“Peace begins with a smile,” adding, “and after you listen to these two humanitarians, you will be smiling too.”

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