FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The roadside bomb that destroyed Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister's Humvee in al-Hillah, Iraq, in 2007, blasted a jet of molten metal through the rear driver's side door to the front passenger seat. It ripped through a sergeant and a gunner's legs, sprayed shrapnel into the driver's back and into an interpreter's face.

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