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Matt Lawton
'DON'T LET ME DIE'

Pfc. Caleb A. Lufkin landed on the helipad at about 12:30 p.m., screaming at the sky as a small all-terrain vehicle carried him past the palm trees and concrete bunkers to the emergency room. Doctors inside cut off his blood-covered boots and prepared to sedate him and insert a breathing tube, and he pleaded with them to keep him alive. "Don't let me die," he said. "I won't let you die," answered Capt. David Steinbruner, an Army doctor. "I promise. I give you my word." Lufkin was bleeding from multiple blast injuries and compound fractures, so the medical team at the 10th Combat Support Hospital gave him red blood cells to replace his lost blood and...

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