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Published September 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilkes


A tattoo on the back of U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilkes, of Rochester, N.Y., is seen through his torn shirt after a foot patrol with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, of the 5th Stryker Brigade, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in 2010. The full tattoo reads, “Sacrifice. Without fear there is no courage.” U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000, a grim reminder that a war that began nearly 11 years ago shows no signs of slowing down despite an American decision to begin the withdrawal of most of its combat forces. Associated Press
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