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Undated photo of Spc. Carlos Wilcox (left), 27, of Cottage Grove, and Spc. Jacob Benson, 22, of Willmar. Wilcox was killed along with two other soldiers and Benson was injured July 16 in an indirect fire attack on a U.S. base near Basra, Iraq. All four soldiers are members of the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry "Red Bulls" Division.

Willmar soldier recovering from attack that killed comrades

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By Eric Ludy

West Central Tribune

WILLMAR -- On July 16, just before 9:15 p.m. Iraqi time, Spc. Jacob Benson, 22, of Willmar was talking with his three closest friends and fellow National Guard soldiers at a military base near Basra, Iraq, when a rocket hit, sending him flying.

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"I hit the ground, and I got back up," he said.

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