The history of war is too often retold in encyclopedic coldness on TV or in books. StoryCorp illustrates a tragic event in Iraq that conveys the true emotions felt by war participants.

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During a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq in 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams was traveling with his squad when he was told to switch vehicles. This simple act saved his life, as the vehicle holding the rest of his 12-person squad was hit by a roadside bomb, and everyone inside was killed. Williams reflects on how he lives every day, and that is how he honors his fallen brothers.