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Master Sgt. John Souza (right) gets a hug from color guard member Wayne Hoffman. The color guard was at the Duluth International Airport Tuesday morning to welcome Souza home to Duluth. He was wounded during his most recent tour of duty in Iraq and had been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. (Bob King/Duluth News Tribune)

Iraq vet survives bomb, returns home to Duluth

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DULUTH - John Souza knows the exact date and time that his leg was blown to shreds. It was 9:32 a.m. June 24, 2008, when the bomb that went off in Baghdad blew him across the room and caused his watch to stop working.


"Out of the six in the office," he said, "I was the only one that survived."

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