Marines in Afghanistan explain their tattoos

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"The tattoo on my back of the dove is to mean that my mom made peace with God when she passed away in 2005," he says. He looks at the camera, his brown eyes are black and bottomless and sad and strong. Since he is the last Marine I will interview today I tell the squad "See you soon," because I'm sure I'll see them all again. A little over a week later, LCpl Philip Charte is killed in action.