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Oct back 2016 issue
Purple Hearts Back from Iraq
by Nina Berman
A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous! Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
Purple Hearts - Back from Iraq is a series of portraits and interviews made between  2003- 2004 of American veterans who were severely wounded in the Iraq War. The images were made in their homes, on military bases and in veterans hospitals across the USA.
Sgt. Jeremy Feldbusch, 24,  an army  Ranger, 3rd Battalion, 75th Regiment was  injured April 3, during an artillery attack near the  Hadithah Dam.  Feldbusch, who was first in his class of 228 Rangers, is now brain damaged and blind. He sees nothing but darkness. Photographed in his home in Blairsville,  Pennsylvania,  October 18, 2003.
Pfc. Randall Clunen, 19, 101st Airborne, stationed in Tal Afar, was on guard duty December 8, 2003 when a suicide bomber broke through security and exploded himself and his vehicle.  Chunks of shrapnel ripped into Clunen’s face. Photographed at home Salem, Ohio.   February 14, 2004.
Spc. Robert Acosta, 20, an ammunitions specialist with the 1st Armored Divison, was  in a humvee near Baghdad International Airport July 13, when a grenade was thrown into his vehicle.  In the explosion he lost his right hand and the use of his left leg.   Photographed April 13, 2004 at his home in Santa Ana, California.
Pfc. Alan Jermaine Lewis, 23, a machine -gunner , 3rd Infantry Division was wounded July 16, 2003 on Highway 8 in Baghdad when the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine blowing off both legs, burning his face and breaking his left arm in 6 places.  He was delivering ice to other soldiers at the time. Photographed at home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 23, 2003.
Sgt. John Quincy Adams , 37,  A reservist with the Florida National Guard, 124th Infantry, was on patrol in Ramadi August 29, 2003  when a remote controlled bomb exploded under his humvee sending shrapnel into his head and body leaving him brain damaged.  Photographed at home and with his wife Summer, in Miramar, Florida, December 18, 2003.     
Spc. Jose Martinez, 20, 101st Airborne, was injured April 5, 2003 in Karbala when the humvee he was driving hit an IED. Martinez was trapped in the explosion and suffered massive burns to his face, head and body. He has spent the last year in surgery and recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. Photographed April 3, 2004 at his home in Dalton, Georgia, while on a brief hospital leave.
Spc. Luis Calderon, 22, from Puerto Rico,  a tank operator, 4th Infantry Division, was injured May 5, 2003 in Tikrit, when a concrete wall with Saddam’s face on it, which he was ordered to destroy, came crashing down on his tank severing his spinal cord and leaving him  a quadriplegic. Photographed at the Miami Veterans' Hospital December 17, 2003.
Spc. Carl Sampson, 36, a reservist with the Mississippi National Guard 890th Engineering Battalion,  was injured by a road side bomb September 12, 2003, in Fallujah.   He lost his left eye, his face was shattered, 5 percent of his brain volume was removed and he was unable to talk or move for months.    He is starting to regain limited motor and speech skills. Photographed at the Tampa Veterans Hospital May 17, 2004.
Cpl Tyson Johnson III, 22,  a mechanic with Military Intelligence, was wounded in a mortar attack on the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad on September 20, 2003. He suffered massive internal injuries and is 100 percent disabled.   Photographed at home in Prichard, Alabama May 6, 2004.
Sgt Joseph Mosner, 35, 1st  Infantry Divison, was setting up a guard post in Khalidya on December 16, 2003 when a remote controlled bomb planted in a side of a building exploded injuring him and two other soldiers. Photographed April 9, 2004 at his home on base at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Spc. Sam Ross, 21, combat engineer, 82nd Airborne Division, was injured May 18, 2003  in Baghdad when a bomb blew up during a munitions disposal operation. He is blind and an amputee. Photographed in the woods near his trailer where he lives alone in Dunbar Township, Pennsylvania October 19, 2003
Spc. Adam Zaremba,  20, 1st Armored Divison, was injured July 16, 2003 while guarding a bank in Baghdad.  A mine exploded blowing off his left leg and sending shrapnel into his rear, right leg, arms and hands. The explosion killed an Iraqi child.   Photographed on his base at Ft. Riley, Kansas, April 9, 2004.
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