Marine brothers featured on 60 Minutes after Afghanistan deployment



CBS’ “60 Minutes” offered an uplifting portrait last night of families sacrificing together.

Five sets of brothers were members of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, out of Houston, Texas, during the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan last year. The decision wasn’t reached lightly: Battalion commander Lt. Col. Todd Zink had to be convinced it was a good idea, he told CBS’s Lara Logan.

The quick comparison made, of course, is to the Sullivan brothers of World War II. Five Sullivan brothers famously served together on the cruiser Juneau, dying together after the Japanese torpedoed their ship.

This story had a much happier ending: They’re all back in the U.S. now.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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