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Andrew Exum has posted several poems about military service today. Here's "Back" by Wilfrid Gibson:

They ask me where I've been,
And what I've done and seen.
But what can I reply
Who know it wasn't I,
But someone just like me,
Who went across the sea
And with my head and hands
Killed men in foreign lands...
Though I must bear the blame,
Because he bore my name.

(Photo: U.S. Marine LCpl. Kevin Sullivan of Hudson, MA with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment looks out over the Helmand River from outpost West perched above Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 22, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. By Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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