'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.

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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U.S. Military Launches 'Strike Of The Sword'

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Marine General Takes Fight To The Taliban

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