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Sergeant David Fresenius, an assistant team leader with 3rd Platoon, Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, holds the protective Sapi plate that saved his life, in front of the 1st Marine Division (Forward) Memorial monument, Sept. 24. The 23-year-old from Westminster, Calif., was hit in the top of his back’s plate during a small arms fire engagement in Trek Nawa, on June 21, 2010.  The round lodged in his protective gear, just millimeters away from hitting his upper spine.  After his corpsman attended to the wound, that left a baseball-sized welt in his upper back, a very lucky and determined Fresenius re-donned his gear, and got back in the engagement with the Taliban that lasted just over an hour. “It felt like I had been hit with a sledge hammer,” Fresenius said.  “Once I realized I was okay, my only thoughts were to get back to the fight – to get back with my men.”
100924-M-5423P-003.jpg Photo By: Gunnery Sgt. Will Price

Sep 24, 2010
Sergeant David Fresenius, an assistant team leader with 3rd Platoon, Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, holds the protective Sapi plate that saved his life, in front of the 1st Marine Division (Forward) Memorial monument, Sept. 24. The 23-year-old from Westminster, Calif., was hit in the top of his back’s plate during a small arms fire engagement in Trek Nawa, on June 21, 2010. The round lodged in his protective gear, just millimeters away from hitting his upper spine. After his corpsman attended to the wound, that left a baseball-sized welt in his upper back, a very lucky and determined Fresenius re-donned his gear, and got back in the engagement with the Taliban that lasted just over an hour. “It felt like I had been hit with a sledge hammer,” Fresenius said. “Once I realized I was okay, my only thoughts were to get back to the fight – to get back with my men.”


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