Marines from an explosive ordnance disposal team detonate a homemade explosive device, which was discovered near a compound outside of their base. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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On The Hunt For Roadside Bombs In Afghanistan
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Vicki and Tom Apsey speak to their son, Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Apsey, who is serving in southern Afghanistan. Catherine Welch for NPR hide caption

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Marine's Family Awaits Word From The War Zone
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Volunteers Serve As Support For Marines' Parents
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First Sgt. Derrick Mays stands beneath the company colors outside of a tent at Camp Leatherneck in June. An 18-year Marine Corps veteran, Mays says his wife, Marcia, has a way of tolerating the long deployments. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Toll Of War: Broken Hearts, Marriages For Marines
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U.S. Marines Fight In Challenging Afghan Terrain
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Families Send Basics To Marines In Afghanistan
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Mourning A Marine Killed In Afghanistan
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Back From The Front Lines In Helmand Province
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Taliban Use Guerrilla Tactics In Helmand Province
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Marines Seek To Forge Bonds While Pursuing Taliban
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Marines Keep Pressure On Taliban
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Targets On Their Backs, Marines Enter Afghan Town
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Families Of 'America's Battalion' Wait For News
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Marines Press Hard Across Southern Afghanistan
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