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Who is a hero? What does he do?

An interesting meditation from Alex Horton on Chris Mintz, an Army infantryman who wasn’t permitted to deploy to Iraq when his unit did—but who took five rounds in an Oregon college.

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An interesting meditation from Alex Horton on Chris Mintz, an Army infantryman who wasn’t permitted to deploy to Iraq when his unit did — but who took five rounds in an Oregon college.

What Mintz said to the shooter looming over him: “It’s my son’s birthday, man. But you do what you gotta do.” More to come from Horton.

Photo credit: Gordon Friedman/Wikimedia Commons

 

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. @tomricks1

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