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The end of Sgt. Bagosy, USMC

While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on September 17, 2010. Oh man. Take a minute to read this widow’s account of watching her Marine sergeant husband fall apart ...

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While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on September 17, 2010.

Oh man. Take a minute to read this widow's account of watching her Marine sergeant husband fall apart after he came home from Afghanistan. Two quotations that really struck me: 

"I knew that we had run out of time."

While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on September 17, 2010.

Oh man. Take a minute to read this widow’s account of watching her Marine sergeant husband fall apart after he came home from Afghanistan. Two quotations that really struck me: 

"I knew that we had run out of time."

And, as he contemplated suicide:

"There is no way I can stop you from doing this, is there?" she said she asked her husband.

"No."

If you know someone who seems suicidal, here is a phone number:

1-800-273-TALK

(HT to BD)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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