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Going out, but not with a bang

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It was 2013, and Ryan Glau was walking on a street in Afghanistan with some soldiers from the Republic of Georgia. They were on their way to remove an IED – an improvised explosive device – from a building, which was Glau’s specialty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

When the first shots rang out, Glau knew they were in trouble.

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Glau on patrol in Afghanistan, the day after a teammate from Duluth was killed in an IED explosion. (Contributed photo)

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Ryan Glau holds up explosives he found hidden in a cache in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2009.

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Glau works to disarm an unexploded 500-pound bomb. (Contributed photo)

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Glau reclines in Saddam Hussein’s throne in his Baghdad palace, 2005. (Contributed photo)

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All that remains of a bomb hidden in a donkey cart is a crater on the road in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. The bomb nearly killed Glau and his team in 2004.

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Glau (middle, front row) and members of his team, working with Afghan police, discovered $12 million of heroin hidden in the car behind them. (Contributed photo)

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