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March 08, 2010

Inside The Real Hurt Locker

Interesting photo essay on the real men and women of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Not everyone was impressed with the movie because of the inaccuracies in it (I haven't seen it yet). Any movie about a subject you know something about is going to provoke that "Really? That's what you think it's really like?" sense.

At the lest, hopefully people will come away with an appreciation for the work these brave men and women* do.

Also, a stark reminder that not all of these heroes comes home alive to their families.

From Iraq to Afghanistan, Marine sergeant Chris Eckard disarmed hundreds of bombs.

He had a highly dangerous job - and loved it, friends said when he was buried Friday in his hometown of Hickory.

Cool-headed and careful, Eckard, 30, had a knack for spotting and defusing explosives in war zones.

After four tours in Iraq, he went to Afghanistan in October and was headed home soon to his wife and two small sons near Jacksonville. He planned to switch from the battlefield to the classroom and teach other Marines about bomb-hunting.

Rest in Peace Gunnery Sergeant and thank you.

*I didn't realize that women served in EOD units, they do and they are wounded and killed as well. May God bless them all.

Thanks to "Drillanwr" in the comments for the information.

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