115,000 Strong: The Immigrants in Our Military

Seven sailors died last Saturday when a 30,000-ton container ship T-boned the USS Fitzgerald, a Navy destroyer off the coast of Japan. They ranged in age from 19 to 37. The oldest, Gary Rehm of Elyria, Ohio, reportedly pulled 20 shipmates from the flooded berthing bay, and dove back down even as the safety hatches were closing around him. (His was one of several such stories on the day.) In age and mettle, the group was perhaps representative, but as the New York Times noted, their diverse backgrounds made them representative also.

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