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War's face becomes clearer when homefolks involved

The picture of Spc. Bianca Henderson in Thursday's DAILY shows the blood-splashed face of war.

If you read the article about her Commendation Medal for valor, you know that a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq in August and shattered glass in her vehicle, leaving her with a broken rib and the facial cuts shown in the photograph.

Less than a month earlier, however, the 20-year-old medic from Eva performed her act of bravery that earned her the Commendation Medal for valor, which the Army awarded in December.

One of those deadly roadside bombs hit the second vehicle in a convoy of eight, killing two soldiers and injuring another. She was in the fifth vehicle but got to the overturned vehicle in time to pull the injured soldier to safety before a secondary explosion ripped through the ammunition-hauling vehicle.

You might say she was lucky both times. She could have died saving the injured soldier. Goggles saved her sight when the window shattered in the Aug. 20 attack that earned her a Purple Heart.

Ask her about her war experiences and you probably will get, "I was doing my job."

That's what all of the men and women serving in Iraq are doing, and doing it well. Her courage and dedication, like that of thousands of other soldiers serving in Iraq, is truly inspiring.

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