'America's Battalion' In Afghanistan The Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment — known as "America's Battalion" — were deployed in Afghanistan from May to November 2009 as part of a surge of 21,000 troops ordered up by President Obama early in his term. NPR followed the Marines, and their families, during the deployment.

Marines Train To Conquer Taliban, Their Own Fears

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A Marine Daughter's Graduation Without Dad

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In Afghan Heat, Marines Prepare For The Storm

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Deployed Marines' Families Brace For Father's Day

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Emotional Goodbye For Afghanistan-Bound Marines

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'America's Battalion' Leads Thrust In Afghanistan

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