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Lake of the Ozarks student recounts harrowing Army career

via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A 35-millimeter camera probably saved the life of Army medic and Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks student Rebecca Deuel. On Oct. 17, 2004, Deuel was stationed at Camp Freedom in Iraq as an Army medic. She was in the phone center talking to a friend when the base came under mortar attack. “We had pretty regular mortar attacks on our forward operating base for weeks in the evenings, almost like clockwork,” Deuel said. “I had left the phone center to go to a shelter when the mortar hit and I was thrown into a chain link fence. I had a backpack on with a camera in it and a piece of shrapnel went through the backpack and got lodged in the lens of the camera. It was going to hit me in a soft spot on my vest, but the camera stopped it.”

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