The armored tank ferrying Eric Gonzalez's U.S. Marine Corps commander rolled over a 300-pound homemade bomb on a battlefield in Afghanistan.
"The vehicle was burning and those flames were darker than oil," said Gonzalez, now 23, a witness to the 2009 death of Sgt. Major Robert James Cottle, his commander.
"It's a vivid image that will never go away."
It was one of many traumatic images . . .
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