For Those I Love, I Will Sacrifice

Tattoo policy, PFC Kyle Hockenberry, who was injured in an improvised explosive device attack, is treated by flight medic Cpl. Amanda Mosher while being transported by medevac helicopter to the Role 3 hospital at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan on June 15, 2011.

The story of Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry and his tattoo has become a story about sacrifice and love. Today, tattoos are very popular among soldiers and through history, they are old as war is. Lots of soldiers get inked, with various motifs, military memes, girlfriend’s names, or various guns, skulls or dragons adorning their skin. Some get something less ornate. The hero of this story had “For those I love, I will sacrifice” stitched into his flesh. He had no idea how prescient he was.

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