Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another soldier killed in Iraq

Take a good look at PFC Dwyer, who shattered his soul in Iraq.

During the first week of the war in Iraq in 2003, a Military Times photographer captured the image of Army Pfc. Joseph Patrick Dwyer as he raced through a battle zone clutching a tiny Iraqi boy named Ali.

"Doc" Dwyer's concerned face appeared on the pages of newspapers across the country. Dwyer, 31, died June 28 in Pinehurst, N.C., after years of struggling with mental disorders. During that time, he spiraled into substance abuse and depression, and he found himself in trouble with the law.

Military Times could not reach Dwyer's family, but his wife, Matina, told The (Pinehurst, N.C.) Pilot, "He was a very good and caring person. He was just never the same when he came back because of all the things he saw."

The rest of the article is at USA TODAY.

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