This video by Reuters photographer Finbarr O’Reilly was featured on Reuters Photographers Blog about the same time last year, documenting the U.S. First Battalion Eighth Marines in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, including squad leader Sgt. Thomas James Brennan.
In today’s New York Times Lens Blog, Sgt. Thomas James Brennan discusses how he was at first skeptical about Finbarr being embedded in his squad, but his attitude evolved over time.
Through his photos and articles, Finbarr O’Reilly told my story and the stories of my Marines. By doing so, he helped me find my door. For this, I will forever be grateful.
I love any insight into the thoughts of our troops. They’re so brave! I know, duh, but I really think soldiers are more highly evolved to be so generous with their courage and (hopefully not) lives. On the other hand, I almost cried when I couldn’t find my teal plaid shirt this morning. I’m the opposite side of the spectrum of what these amazing men and women represent in this video.