In this episode of The Spear, MWI’s podcast about the combat experience, Capt. Jake Miraldi talks to Maj. Nick Eslinger. In October 2008, Eslinger was a lieutenant on his first deployment as a platoon leader in Iraq. While on short halt during a patrol one day, he turned his head just in time to see an incoming grenade. He only had time to react reflexively, and what he did likely saved his life and those of his soldiers.
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Image credit: Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey, US Air Force
Listening to this podcast inspired me to hopefully have the same amount of courage he had that day. There are not very many people out there in the world but I hope my actions can one day inspire someone to be like that.