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Spc. Jacob Benson, 22, of Willmar, right, is pictured with good friend Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, in this undated photo. Wilcox was one of three Minnesotan soldiers killed in a recent attack that wounded Benson. Submitted photo

Survivor of attack bears the loss of his 'brothers'

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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.

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

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