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Packing for the Ineffable

A few years ago, Ms. Jacobs's stepson secretly quit college and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. In this essay, she recounts the dilemma she faced in selecting a gift for him to take to Iraq: I have a photograph of the guns he packed. Apparently, it is true that a rifle is a marine’s best friend. Greg will travel, indeed sleep, with his weapons. My husband snapped the photo and e-mailed it from North Carolina, right after he put Greg on the bus that took him to the airstrip where he began his journey to Iraq....
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