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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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