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HUMBLE SOLDIER SAVES 4, GETS A RARE MEDAL FOR HEROISM

HUMBLE SOLDIER SAVES 4, GETS A RARE MEDAL FOR HEROISM

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"It was almost like a movie," Mennes says, describing Blain's actions on Feb. 28, 2010, in the Guzara District of Afghanistan. A 30,000-pound Army vehicle flipped into a river swollen with rain. One man was thrown out the gun turret. Three were trapped inside as water filled the cabin.

By the time Staff Sgt. Blain arrived, other soldiers were scrambling down the embankment to try to help.

Not Blain. He leapt off the river bank, toward the black torrent. Mid-air he began to wonder if that was such a good idea.

Jumping into danger runs in the Blain family.

Blain's grandfather George Blain jumped into France the night before D-Day with the 101st Airborne "Pathfinders." He earned four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. (more)

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Article by TOM BERG, Today.com | Read full article here

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