Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) was deployed twice to Iraq in 2007-2008.
At StoryCorps, MaCherie told her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while overseas.
MaCherie is an Air Force reservist and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is hoping to retire from the Air Force this year because of PTSD.
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MD: I used to do patriot details, which is when a solider or airman or marine or sailor is killed in action. You line up in two columns, up to the back of a C-130. And you give them final salute as they’re loaded onto the plane. Not that many people showed up to do it.
MD: The first time I volunteered for one I didn’t really know what it was. I thought maybe it was going to be just one or two coffins. But they just kept coming, one after the other, and then another, and then another.
MD: I don’t know how many I sent home. But there was honor in it. Someone had to do it. Someone had to send them home.
MD: So I volunteered, almost every time they needed people after that. Even if I’d just come off of a 14 hour shift. But then we’d just move on to the next day. And it was just business as usual.
Barb Maglaqui (BM): Do you feel guilty about that?
MD: I guess somewhere deep down I do. Because, I made it back.