Ben Sanbeck, a 19-year-old Marine wounded in Iraq, grew somber talking about five fellow soldiers who didn't live through a firefight. A grenade bounced off Sanbeck's chest and blew up behind him, causing severe damage to his legs. The extensive scars were made during multiple surgeries to remove shrapnel. He's back home with his mom Sheri in Tacoma and hopes to return to service in Iraq soon.
Ben Sanbeck, a 19-year-old Marine wounded in Iraq, grew somber talking about five fellow soldiers who didn't live through a firefight. A grenade bounced off Sanbeck's chest and blew up behind him, causing severe damage to his legs. The extensive scars were made during multiple surgeries to remove shrapnel. He's back home with his mom Sheri in Tacoma and hopes to return to service in Iraq soon. Drew Perine Staff file, 2005
Ben Sanbeck, a 19-year-old Marine wounded in Iraq, grew somber talking about five fellow soldiers who didn't live through a firefight. A grenade bounced off Sanbeck's chest and blew up behind him, causing severe damage to his legs. The extensive scars were made during multiple surgeries to remove shrapnel. He's back home with his mom Sheri in Tacoma and hopes to return to service in Iraq soon. Drew Perine Staff file, 2005

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