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Video: A Day in the life of a Marine infantry corporal

Follow this Marine NCO and hear his story about leading Marines in the field.

Please enjoy this slide show by Cpl. Paul Peterson, a Marine journalist deployed to Afghanistan about a Marine junior NCO in the fight.

“Cpl. Charles Kristel is blunt and authoritative but also respected. Kristel, a Schenectady, N.Y., native was wounded during his previous deployment to Afghanistan,” Peterson said.

“A stocky, deep-voiced man of few words, many unrepeatable in print, Kristel joined the military at the age of 20,” he said. “After only three and a half years in the Marine Corps, he’s elevated himself to a position of leadership through strength of will, demonstrated competence and unbending character.”

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.