Ryan Conklin enlisted in the Army when he was 17, following 9/11. He served in Tikrit, Iraq, as a turret gunner with the 101st Airborne and was a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment—the most decorated regiment in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, he became a cast member on MTV’s “The Real World: Brooklyn” in 2008, and was recalled to duty. He gives an account of his experience in Iraq in An Angel from Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines.
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