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Lance Cpl. Cody Goebel wasn't fooled by the serene farmlands and rocky desert that surrounded his squad's remote outpost in Afghanistan. He knew he was in a hornet's nest.
The Marines from Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment had been on the ground in the volatile Sangin district of Helmand province for less than 48 hours when the first fight began.
Over the weeks that …