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him. retired captain, clayton hinchman lost his leg and most of his hearing while serving in iraq. although many consider him a hero... he tells me he doesn't beleive he did anything heroic.

"serving in direct action combat against al qaeda was the greatest thing i think i'll ever do in my life.from 2007 to 2008 retired captain clayton hinchman was assigned to a special operations task force to kill or capture alqueda in iraq. we knew that we were going after high-value targets that were enemy combatants that were torturing killing and doing whatever they could to inflict terror upon the people of iraq.while conducting a night raid against al-qaeda operatives he stepped on a pressure wire i-e-d.last my leg above the knee i had a bunch of other scrap metal wounds, and i wear hearing aids now i'm partially deaf and i had about nine or 10 soldiers that were severely wounded.but hinchman says he's not a hero. my nco's and soldiers went a bomb blew at 0:132 in the morning i turned around and ran to that blast those are heroes they saved me they say 10 other people and then they continue to fight against al qaeda.though his physical wounds will always be a reminder his sacrifice to our country hinchman says everyone can serve selflessly. i don't feel veterans day as one day. veterans day to me is a call to action for everybody in the community i'm putting service above self i way you can get back to this great country. hinchman tells me the purple heart is his most cherished metal. but its bitter sweet for him because it ended his career.rebecca petit wzdx news.




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