"A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there."

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"It was the first time I met openly gay people."

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"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."

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"I don't know how many I sent home..."

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"What made you want to go to college with me?"

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"I had nightmares for years..."

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"I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."

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"We were wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."

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"I saw something that no one else could see, and that is me walking around with that big tall hat on."

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"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."

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"I didn't want to be the sole survivor."

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"The Secret Service told him not to leave."

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"If you need me to hold your hand, I'm there."

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"I didn't even recognize myself."

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"Someone said it's like the Taj Mahal for rats."

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"My partners and I would come to the hospital every chance we got. "

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"Next thing I know, I hear the loudest explosion..."

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"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."

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"He's the reason I'm here. "

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"The disconnect is huge."

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"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

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"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."

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"I had a pretty severe accident at work..."

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"At three years of age, you just started playing..."

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"It's not just a tattoo."

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"I wanted to own a restaurant ever since I was a kid."

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"How did it make you feel to leave us for your deployment?"

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"When you came home, if it's not best day ever, it's top five."

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"We have solved a lot of cases going through trash."

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"Have you ever felt you wanted to quit?"

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"He was trying extremely hard to get back on track."

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"I remember many months with no lights."

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"At my mother's wake, someone said, 'Johnny, your teacher's here.'"

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"It was hard not to be mom."

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"So I get a call from a local funeral home..."

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"He chose to volunteer and go back for a second tour."

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"We were about as close as people that don't speak the same language can be."

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"My day starts at about four o'clock..."

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"Every scar in my leg has something to do with you."

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"I lost myself on Wall Street."

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"I should have died at age 19."

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"Most of my interaction with people was the worst moment of their life. "

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"When we go on the fires, people treat you different."

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"I've been the grandson of the postmaster, the nephew of the postmaster, the son of the postmaster, and the husband of the postmaster."

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"This medal was very precious to my parents."

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"She was one of these women who would grab a rattlesnake by the tail and snap its head off."

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"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"

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"They asked me to blow 'Taps' for all who died in the war."

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"I didn't even think twice."

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"There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you."

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"We were prepared for people to be unhappy, but we couldn't believe our eyes."

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"I felt like a walking star in the hallway."

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"I've never seen you turn anybody away."

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"I saw a flash of ankle and I went smack dab into the wall."

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"What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul."

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"My first question was, 'Do you have the right guy?'"

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"If just one of them gets through, they may save us all."

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"In my old school, I never went to class."

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