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Memorial Day ceremony honors both fallen troops and those who survived

May 31, 2011 12:55:31 AM- latimes.com
Lt. Col Timothy Karcher, who lost his legs in Baghdad, brought many at the Rancho Palos Verdes cemetery to tears with his keynote speech honoring the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

Lt. Col. Timothy M. Karcher did not give the last full measure of devotion. But he lost both of his legs in Baghdad two years ago when his vehicle was struck by an armor-piercing explosive device. And he continues to give his heart to the U.S. Army even as he endures a painful rehabilitation and adjustment to prosthetics.

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