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  • Sgt. Patrick McLene Gass was a member of the famed "Corps of Discovery," often called the Lewis and Clark expedition, which mapped much of the western United States after the Louisiana Purchase. Gass was an instrumental part of the mission's success, building fortifications and canoes for the group as it trudged along. He even led a large portion of the group while the expedition's namesakes conducted separate explorations.

    This Month in NCO History: Aug. 20, 1804, an NCO rises to help shape America

    Sgt. Patrick McLene Gass was a member of the famed “Corps of Discovery,” often called the Lewis and Clark expedition, which mapped much of the western United States after the Louisiana Purchase. Gass was an instrumental part of the mission’s success, building fortifications and canoes for the group as it trudged along. He even led a large portion of the group while the expedition’s namesakes conducted separate explorations.

  • Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline's life — and appearance — were changed in April 2007 when the humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, Iraq. The blast burned over 38 percent of Henline's body and killed the vehicle's four other occupants. Henline had an arduous road to recovery, one that included more than 40 surgeries. He has since found a new calling — stand-up comedy, a trade he continues to hone in the hopes of generating laughs and lifting the spirits of wounded warriors like him.

    Former NCO burned in IED blast lifts himself, others up through stand-up comedy

    Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline’s life — and appearance — were changed in April 2007 when the humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, Iraq. The blast burned over 38 percent of Henline’s body and killed the vehicle’s four other occupants. Henline had an arduous road to recovery, one that included more than 40 surgeries. He has since found a new calling — stand-up comedy, a trade he continues to hone in the hopes of generating laughs and lifting the spirits of wounded warriors like him.

  • The last time anyone saw Sgt. Thomas Baker alive, he was propped up against a tree, bleeding from a wound and asking for a weapon while imploring would-be rescuers to move on to safety during the Battle of Saipan. One fellow Soldier acquiesced, giving Baker a pistol with eight rounds. When American forces returned, they found Baker's body, his pistol's ammunition exhausted and eight dead enemy soldiers strewn about his feet.

    This Month in NCO History: July 7, 1944 — To the end at the Battle of Saipan

    The last time anyone saw Sgt. Thomas Baker alive, he was propped up against a tree, bleeding from a wound and asking for a weapon while imploring would-be rescuers to move on to safety during the Battle of Saipan. One fellow Soldier acquiesced, giving Baker a pistol with eight rounds. When American forces returned, they found Baker’s body, his pistol’s ammunition exhausted and eight dead enemy soldiers strewn about his feet.

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