McCrabb: Warrior Weekend in Middletown helps Marine heal old wounds

Dayton Daily News:

Two U.S. Marines met during turbulent times in Afghanistan. The chance encounter occurred while they were on their 2011 deployments and it was “really dangerous over there,” said Marine Sgt. Daniel Erlandson.

“We knew we were going somewhere where it was bad,” he said.

No truer words were ever spoken.

On that hot summer day, Erlandson, a machine gunner assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, remembers his battalion being ambushed from several fighting positions. He was taking cover behind a wall when he turned to talk to his Patrol Leader and was shot in his left shoulder after a bullet ricocheted off a wall during a firefight in Afghanistan.

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