July 31, 2014
NAWA, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban militants were nowhere to be seen, but the blistering heat of southern Afghanistan's desert has been enemy enough for some Marines.
Thousands of U.S. warriors spent the Fourth of July in the third day of a massive offensive aimed at freeing villages from Taliban control. Weighed down by heavy packs and with temperatures above 100, several Marines passed out, and medics rushed to provide water.
Many didn't even realize it was the Fourth but got into the spirit when they did. Lance Corp. Vince Morales of Baytown, Texas, said to a buddy resting under a tree, "Happy 4th of July, dawg. Happy America."
Other Marines enjoyed watermelon from a farmer's field as the evening sun set.
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