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Find speman cod Why am I hearing he volunteered for the mission. Find speman cod He was a humvee mechanic and he honestly sucked at it. Find speman cod He was a great guy but a horrible mechanic. Find speman cod The truth is that when the 1st sgt who was scared to go out himself asked for volunteers all the nco's literally ran to the potapottys. Find speman cod Sheehans chief told sheehan to get on the lmtv. Find speman cod Sheehan said " no, find speman cod I'm a mechanic" well I remember watching ssg (XXXX) say" get your motherfucken ass on the god damn truck" and he literrally grabbed casey by his collar and dragged him onto the lmtv. Find speman cod Don't believe me you better ask somebody. Find speman cod That's also what I told Martha Raddatz but I guess for some reason she didn't think she should write it that way. Find speman cod Well I'm sorry but if you were told different it was a lie. Find speman cod This is the truth I swear on my son. 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